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Episode 117: “Walk the street with us. Get off the sidewalk.”

By Jasmin and Mariann — April 07, 2012

Welcome to the 117th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Anat Pick.

In today’s episode, we talk about our upcoming vegan Passover seder and non-vegan Easter, Mariann tells us about her thoughts on the new book that she just finished entitled Every Twelve Seconds, we discuss a segment on The Daily Show all about a new book that focuses on military dogs, and we give you the skinny on Mariann’s birthday fundraiser (we hope you donate!).

Joining us today is Anat Pick, author of Creaturely Poetics: Animality and Vulnerability in Literature and Film (which we recently reviewed). Anat, who is visiting New York City from her home in London, where she teaches at the University of East London, will discuss with us the role that animals play in film, and whether or not the use of animals in film is inherently unethical. She’ll also talk to us about her thoughts on how literature and film relate to animals and their role in our lives. We’ll chat about where academia and activism intersect, and where she thinks they should intersect. And we’ll talk with her about her feelings on the science behind animal minds, as well as the significance of a vegan diet — from a personal as well as political perspective.
For our review, we’ll tell you about Ruby Roth’s new children’s book, Vegan is Love, which teaches the benefits of veganism for people, animals and the planet.

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

This week’s news items include:

“Walk the street with us. Get off the sidewalk.” -Dolores Huerta 

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(5) Readers Comments

  1. April 8, 2012 at 12:02 am

    A very beautiful episode today. It’s interesting to hear Anat Pick speak of veganism as a form of religion in some sense. I’ve often heard people speak of veganism as a religion in a derogatory manner, and I’ve always striven to distance myself from the link. Although I’ve spent much time thinking about how it is, in a way, similar to a religious belief in that it’s a guiding principal in one’s life. Very interesting to hear it from Anat’s perspective, and so eloquently spoken. Thank you for the extraordinary episode tonight!

    • April 8, 2012 at 12:52 am

      Thank you, Jessika! That's a really interesting thought. I love the way you are taking something that was originally said in a degrading way and turning it on its head. I agree that Anat is fantastic and extremely thought-provoking. Thanks for listening, and I'm so glad you enjoyed the episode.

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