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Episode 114: “…we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.”

By Jasmin and Mariann — March 17, 2012

Welcome to the 114th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Marc Bekoff and Gena Hamshaw.

In today’s episode, we will tell you about the animal-themed art exhibit we saw at the Morgan Library entitled, “In the Company of Animals,” including why our pigeon-skirt wearing curator disappointed us with her assertions that it is, in the end, about us humans. We’ll talk about the Citizen Radio interview we were on this week, and we’ll discuss the pluses and minuses of blogging about companion animal issues. Joining us for part of our ramblings is nutritionist Gena Hamshaw from Choosing Raw, who will help us get to the bottom of the recent green smoothie controversy.

Joining us today is scientist Marc Bekoff, who will give us his thoughts on everything from animal rights activists being accused of being anti-science, to facts and insights about animals that astonish people, to his work on compassionate conservation, to his work in prisons. You won’t want to miss this eye-opening interview with a true pioneer in animal studies.

For our review, we’ll go back to our kitchen and give you the skinny on two more of our kitchen appliances. Today, we talk about our beloved soymilk maker and our darling rice cooker.

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

This week’s news items include:

“We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.” -Cesar Chavez

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