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Episode 94: “Compassion is the basis of all morality.”

By Jasmin and Mariann — October 29, 2011

Welcome to the 94th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Dr. Michael Greger and Sally Tamarkin

In today’s episode, we share our thoughts on everything from the woman who won a contest with the reward of allowing her to visit a dairy farm, to Jasmin’s hopes and wishes for her birthday, to the magic of the Diva Cup (don’t worry — it’s just a quick mention).


Joining us today is Dr. Michael Greger, a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger will share with us the story of how his grandmother acted as the catalyst for him to pursue a life in medicine, and he will tell us why a healthy, plant-based diet is the only way forward. He will also tell us all about his incredibly exciting new comprehensive resource that you wont want to miss,

Also joining us today in Our Hen House is Sally Tamarkin, our new intern extraordinaire. Sally, who recently fell from the planet Wherehaveyoubeenallourlives, will help us out with a segment we like to call our “New Vegan Series,” where she will let us in on her recent transition to veganism and how she plans to merge that with her longtime activism. Sally will stick around for our review, giving us her take on the movie, Babe — including the good, the bad, and the exploitative.

All that, vegan banter, and of course, current events from the world of animal rights.

This week’s news items include:

“Compassion is the basis of all morality.” -Arthur Schopenhauer 

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(6) Readers Comments

  1. October 31, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Great interviews with Dr. Greger and Sally Tamrkin...looking forward to hearing more from her!That dairy farm for the day visit was ridiculous...someone did comment on the insanity of it which was great.Babies eating meat at 6 months?! What, do you puree that? (just threw up a little bit in my mouth)I have two rescue greyhounds that used to race down in Florida. I get comments on them all the time when we go for walks; I always use this as an opportunity to educate people about the horrors of greyhound racing and the fact that greyhounds make great dogs...great for apartment dwellers, families, etc. If you want a dog that prefers to live the life of a couch potato it is the dog for you! They are also fun to draw and are my muses. :)Like most vegans, I am against all animal exploitation and would love to hear your take, Mariann, on the recent lawsuit Peta enacted against Seaworld regarding violating the 13th amendment rights of the Orcas. I find it at least intriguing in that perhaps a discussion can ensue as to whether animals have the right not to be treated as 'things'...I'm sure my greyhounds would loved to have sued the tracks that kept them in cages for most of the day then discarded them when they were of no monetary use. I'm sure horses and circus animals would get behind it too.Sorry for the long rant; always look for ward to your podcasts.

  2. Mariann Sullivan
    October 31, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Thanks so much for all your ideas and comments, Sheree. I agree that the PETA suit against Sea World has the potential to evoke interesting discussions. I'll be looking forward to seeing what happens with it.

  3. November 1, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Thanks, Sheree! And from my end, I'm beyond excited to have more opportunities to share!

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