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Episode 207: “Auschwitz begins whenever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they’re only animals.”

By Jasmin and Mariann — December 28, 2013

Welcome to the 207th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Taylor Radig [transcript], with a special review by Dr. Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman.

In today’s episode, we discuss how easy it is for people to use beautiful imagery to justify animal exploitation. We also talk about using cutesy songs and parodies to normalize animal cruelty, and how activists can counter that ickiness. We’ll squawk about “Rising Anxieties,” reclaiming the word “humane,” the good and evil powers of caffeine, and we’ll ruminate on what 2013 looked like here at Our Hen House.

Joining us today is undercover investigator Taylor Radig, who recently proved that no good deed goes unpunished, after her exposé of a Colorado calf facility resulted in her being charged with a crime. Taylor will share her incredible story with us, and trust us, you don’t want to miss what she has to say.

For our review, we’ll be joined by the fabulous guys from Vegan Mos, Michael Suchman and Ethan Ciment, who will be reviewing Fran Costigan’s new book, Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts.

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

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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.

“Auschwitz begins whenever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they’re only animals.” -Theodor W. Adorno

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