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Episode 121: “I belong to no party and am militant for no one. All my causes, including the most radical, are motivated by the defense of animals.”

By Jasmin and Mariann — May 05, 2012

Welcome to the 121st episode of Our Hen House, featuring Main Street Vegan author, Victoria Moran, with special guests Lori Gruen and Sally Tamarkin

In today’s episode, Mariann and I discuss the sadly ironic situation of Petunia the Pig. We also talk about how to respond to “humane meat” myths when you find yourself confronted with them. We will then, as always, give you the skinny on some vegan events we attended here in NYC — including the gallery opening for artist Sue Coe, an event which was held in conjunction with her new earth-shattering book, Cruel. And we will tell you all about the launch party we attended for Victoria Moran’s new masterpiece, Main Street Vegan.

Then, we’ll be talking to author Victoria Moran herself — all about the way the vegan scene has shifted since 28 years ago, when she herself took the leap. We’ll discuss the myth that being vegan is expensive, and the unfortunate perception held by some meat-eaters that vegans will eventually “go back.”

Following that interview, as a special treat, we will give you a glimpse into next week’s much-anticipated Brooklyn Food Conference. Specifically, we’ll be examining a panel that Jasmin will be moderating entitled, “Women, Feminism, and the Use of Animals for Food.” Joining us for that discussion is philosopher Lori Gruen, who will let us in on some of the thoughts that she will further explore at the panel. Don’t miss this.

For our review, we eagerly welcome back Our Hen House’s Sally Tamarkin, who will give us her take on the book, Main Street Vegan. Somehow this review results in Sally discussing both polyamory and peanut butter — though not together. (This time, anyway.)

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

This week’s news items include:

“I belong to no party and I am militant for no one. All of my causes, including the most radical, are motivated by the defense of animals.” -Brigitte Bardot

Today’s episode is being sponsored by The Seed: A Vegan Experience. Explore a plant-based world at The Seed: A Vegan Experience, New York City’s premier vegan event, scheduled for June 16 & 17. Featuring the best in vegan food, exciting vegan products and services, world-renowned speakers and presenters, film screenings and more.

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(5) Readers Comments

  1. Kevin Grishkot
    May 6, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    So, I wanted to shed some light on your comments regarding the "happy cow. pig, chicken, etc.." you mentioned in the beginning of your last podcast. (BTW, I am a recent convert to the plant based diet. A "fresh veggie" in the words of Erin Red. Six months so far and 18lbs gone. I don't think I'll be looking back.) That said, when I was a kid in the 60/70's, I was bombarded with imagery that put the meme in my head that animals not only didn't mind the farm life, but were in fact happy to become my daily meals. You can still see this imagery now, all over the place, and I'm sure it has the same effect : to make children and adults alike numb to the wanton, gratuitous and intentional cruelty practiced on factory and lower scale farms. Just thought I'd put my two cents in.Keep up the good work. Thanks.

  2. May 8, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Wow, was I furious when I heard that the winner of the ethical meat-eating essay contest used Arizona as his example of a place where it is more ethical to eat meat than plants.Bullsh*t! I live in Arizona and am a wildlife biologist who has visited many areas the so called "well-managed, free-ranged cows" inhabit here. What the author was not taught is that those free-ranging cows destroy the deserts and riparian areas and we have almost no "scrubby grasslands" left because of cows. While "Sun > diverse plants > cow > human" is a pretty picture, that is not how ranching works in Arizona. Most cows are provided with supplemental food because the land can't support them and where does that food come from? You guessed it, "the fossil-fuel-soaked scheme of tractor-tilled field."I find the argument that plants aren't always grown sustainably the most irritating of all the omni-excuses. And what do you think the meat you're eating ate? Humans aren't sustainable in Arizona, regardless of what they're eating.

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