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Episode 118: “Today’s problems cannot be solved if we still think the way we thought when we created them.”

By Jasmin and Mariann — April 14, 2012

Welcome to the 118th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Timothy Pachirat, author of Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight.

In today’s episode, we will make a very big announcement about where we’ll be spending 6 months of this year, and why. Here’s a clue: It has to do with animal law, and, for a while anyway, we will no longer be on the east coast. We’ll also give you the run-down on Mariann’s birthday celebration, including vegan soft serve, Ghost the Musical, and our middle of the night visit to the Apple store. We’ll also report back on our vegan Passover, as well as our Easter, and we’ll tell you about some exciting upcoming speaking engagements.

Joining us today is Timothy Pachirat, the brilliant author behind Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight. Timothy, who is joining us in person here in Our Hen House, will tell us about what it was like working inside a slaughterhouse where 2,500 cows were killed per day – one every twelve seconds. He’ll discuss his thoughts on animal agriculture being used as a metaphor for other forms of violence, he’ll talk about ritual slaughter, and he’ll discuss the question of who is more responsible: those who work in the slaughterhouse, or those who eat the meat? You won’t want to miss this eye-opening, riveting interview. And you also won’t want to miss the opportunity to get your own signed copy of Timothy Pachirat’s Every Twelve Seconds. We’ll tell you how.

For our review, we’ll tell you about our favorite frozen fruits and vegetables, and our best go-to ways to use them.

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

This week’s news items include:

“Today’s problems cannot be solved if we still think the way we thought when we created them.” -Albert Einstein 

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(11) Readers Comments

  1. April 14, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Thanks for an amazing last couple of episodes. I ordered Anat Pick's book right away and I'm looking forward to getting "Every Twelve Seconds." These interviews were so thought provoking.

  2. April 16, 2012 at 7:58 am

    This episode was one of my favourites - the interview with Timothy was phenomenal, his insights on the experience behind Every Twelve Seconds were incredibly touching and I just loved the way he likened the isolation and compartmentalism of slaughterhouse work to the disconnect in society. Finally caved and became a monthly sponsor - I'm only a student but I figured I can live without [insert generic expensive vegan product here] if it means supporting you guys.

  3. April 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I just recently found your podcast and love it! You two are so fun, entertaining, AND informative. I really enjoyed this episode with Timothy Pachirat. I learned so much from the interview that I decided to become a monthly sponsor so I can get a signed copy of this book (yeah!) and to support the work that you do. Thank you for being an advocate and voice for the animals.

    • April 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      Thank you, Carol! That means a lot to us, and your support goes a long way!! You will LOVE the book. Let us know what you think for sure. And THANKS again! Thank you, EVERYONE, for being so supportive!

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