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Episode 351: Paul Shapiro of The Humane Society of the United States, and Philanthropist Ariel Nessel

By Jasmin and Mariann — October 01, 2016

Welcome to the 351st episode of Our Hen House!

paul-shapiroThis week, Mariann welcomes featured guest Paul Shapiro, vice president of farm animal protection at The Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s largest animal protection organization. Paul is also the founder of Compassion Over Killing, and the author of a forthcoming book on the cultured meat movement. In this episode, he explains the importance of improving the plight of farm animals through state laws and corporate policies, and reveals the latest news on the Massachusetts ballot initiative.

arielnesselAgain this year, Our Hen House partners with The Pollination Project to announce the winners of the Lisa Shapiro Awards for Unsung Vegan Heroes. We are honored to bring you Jasmin‘s interview with Ariel Nessel, co-founder of The Pollination Project and noted philanthropist. Not only will Ari inspire you with his journey of compassion, you’ll also be inspired by the 2016 Lisa Shapiro Award winners!

Of course, there’s news and Rising Anxieties, too!

As always, the award-winning, weekly Our Hen House podcast is hosted by Mariann Sullivan and Jasmin Singer.


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As always, this episode is sponsored by A Well-Fed World. A Well-Fed World is a hunger relief and animal protection organization chipping away at two of the world’s most immense, unnecessary and unconscionable forms of suffering… the suffering of people hungry from lack of food, and the suffering of animals used and abused for food. Mending our unjust food system is a critical part of solving the world’s most destructive and persistent problems. Fortunately, the plant-based foods that promote health and well-being are the same foods that conserve resources to better feed the world, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting the environment. A Well-Fed World provides the means for change by empowering individuals, social justice organizations, and political decision makers to embrace the benefits of plant-based foods and farming. Learn more at

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