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Episode 190: “Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.”

By Jasmin and Mariann — August 31, 2013
Rudy the Rooster from Coming Home Sanctuary

Rudy the Rooster (center) from Coming Home Sanctuary

Welcome to the 190th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Father Frank Mann [transcript], with special guest Laura George [transcript], and a review by Ari Solomon.

In today’s episode, we’ll revisit last week’s contentious discussion about purebred dogs, and address some of the passionately felt comments we received. We’ll also ruminate about our trip to visit non-vegan family and the challenges inherent in that, and we’ll tell you about our visit to one of Bill Clinton’s favorite restaurants.

We have two very special interviews to bring you today. First, for our feature interview, we’ll talk to Father Frank Mann – a Roman Catholic priest from Queens, New York who will tell about his recent epiphany about animals, on the road to Long Island. He will also share his insights about the role of animals in Catholicism.

Then, we’ll chat with Laura George, the founder of Coming Home Sanctuary, who will tell us about the horror of Kapparot, and the beauty of chickens – one in particular, actually; a very special guy who will steal your heart.

For our review, Our Hen House’s reviewer Ari Solomon will join us to give his take on the brand new documentary, Speciesism, by Mark Devries – which promises that you’ll never look at animals the same way again (especially humans).

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 the page, and also check out our list of archived news items.

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“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.” A.A. Milne (in Winnie the Pooh)

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(6) Readers Comments

  1. August 31, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I have to admit that when I walk my rescued poodle and maltese mix I often feel like I look like a jerk. I've even contemplated ordering bandanas that say "I'm adopted" but then perhaps I would just be making my dogs feel lame. I fell in love with each of my pups when I found them in the shelter but I often do feel bad about not adopting a mutt or breed that is hard to get adopted out. I sometimes console myself by saying I'm an example to snotty people that you can get purebred dogs at the shelter.

  2. September 1, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    I think it's great you said these folks look like jerks...say it like it is! More than make me just makes me sad, each time I see a new labarodoodle, goldendoodle, aussiedoodle, etc. etc. puppy show up at the dog park.

  3. September 1, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Another great episode. Forget the drinking game for every time you say "it" in reference to an animal. People should drink every time you say a-hole for this episode;D As to all the emails you received re: pple with purebred dogs, its a shame that pple were so reactive and ready to dismiss the underlying points of your discussion. But I think that kind of emotional reactivity is partially reflective of how passionate pple are abt animal rights/welfare beliefs and how difficult it is to step back and view these discussions from a balanced perspective (emotional and rational thinking). I personally appreciate how you both will speak without constant filtering/watering down of the truth. Hearing you relay your experiences in an authentic and relatable way helps me feel less alone with my experiences. Keep up the fantastic squawking!-Vegetarian since childhood in a carnist family. Vegan for the last 11 years:) love you both!

    • Jasmin Singer
      September 2, 2013 at 10:10 am

      Thank you so much, Kirsten. BTW, you are a real inspiration. Your passion is contagious. xo j

  4. September 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Great discussion about the dog breeding issue. I work with rabbit rescue. Coincidentally, this morning, a coworker sent me a link to this movie: I haven't seen it yet but it seems pretty pro-rabbit breeding for show. This breaks my heart. (I lost my beautiful rabbit, Frost, to a painful tooth infection, common to Netherland dwarf rabbits, who are bred to have squashed-in faces) :(

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