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Episode 171: “The function of the independent press (besides being essentially dissident) is still to discover, to find the new voices and give voice to them.”

By Jasmin and Mariann — April 20, 2013

Leilani Munter

Welcome to the 171st episode of Our Hen House, Official Honoree of the 2013 Webby Awards. Today’s episode features Leilani Munter.

In today’s episode, we discuss the magic of the Hudson Valley, vegan chocolate vaginas, and – speaking of which – feeling naked when interviewed by the press. We’ll ruminate about a question that frequently comes up when we give talks: that of whether veganism is the only answer. We’ll also ramble about handling questions about organic standards, and we’ll chat about the latest in ag-gag legislation.

Joining us today is professional race car driver and environmental activist, Leilani Munter. Leilani will talk to us about her vegan advocacy, including giving us the skinny on the VegNation Car, how she keeps her racing carbon-neutral, and her work mainstreaming the movement to save the ocean and its inhabitants. She’ll also tell us about the biggest challenges she faces as a woman in a sport dominated by men, as well as those she faces as a vegan and an activist in a meat-centric world.

For our review, we will tell you about the film, Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead. Hold onto your hats, and your breakfasts.

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

For a list of the news items we discuss in today’s episode, and then some, take a look at the breaking news ticker at the top of, and also check out our list of archived news items.

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“The function of the independent press (besides being essentially dissident) is still to discover, to find the new voices and give voice to them.” -Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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(4) Readers Comments

  1. Kirsten Bayes
    April 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Was minded to comment after your comments re. the very sad events in Boston.Speaking as a peace activist, who also works on animal rights, it might be helpful for folks to know that they can combine their animal activism with peace activism, to take positive action.For example, explosives and ammunition are routinely animal tested (there are some 350,000 procedures for military purposes in the US each year according to PETA). Animals are shot, blown up and poisoned to develop weapons. So, taking a stand against animal testing is an effective way to campaign for peace (is one reason I do it, actually), and stop dreadful animal suffering.Alternatively, folks might extend their activism into the peace movement, but work on issues that have most impact on animals. For example, many people don't realise the impact of landlines and cluster munitions on animals (the casualties are believed to be a factor of five or ten times the human casualties, and those are tens of thousands a year). Companies who make these products have offices in US urban areas, and are easily picketed. In another example: the war in Afghanistan has been especially hard on local wildfowl and migrating birds (entire populations of ducks, thousands of birds, have simply vanished): protesting the war, and creatively highlighting its effects on animals can be very effective, as it makes for interesting media coverage.It can be very easy to feel helpless when bad things happen, but animal activists have the tools and networks to make a real difference for a peaceful world. They can both work make the terrible things we saw on our TV screens rarer, while helping animals.

  2. April 21, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Brilliant comments Kirsten and ones I wish more people realized. I sometimes find people believe that it's an "either-or scenario" when it comes to animal rights and human rights issues. The other day on the Facebook event page for a world wide vegan bake sale I was part of, someone who simply got an invite from a friend, decided to tell us all about the horrors of the world and accuse of us only thinking of animals.

    • Kirsten Bayes
      April 22, 2013 at 2:56 am

      Aww, thank you Ben! I honestly think that if people want a peaceful world with social justice, the number one thing they should do is go vegan. Of course, there is some joy in the delicious subversiveness of vegan cooking and baking. Sort of, come for the liberty and justice, stay for the food!

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