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Episode 355: Kale and Aubry Walch of The Herbivorous Butcher, and Activist Kelly Lehman

By Jasmin and Mariann — October 29, 2016

aubry_and_kale_in_a_field_1024x1024Welcome to the 355th episode of Our Hen House!

This week, Mariann‘s got Kale … and Aubry Walch, the brother and sister duo who not only use knives in the same space, they also co-founded The Herbivorous Butcher, bringing their small-batch, locally-sourced, all-natural, all-vegan meat alternatives to the Minneapolis masses and to the rest of the US, via their online shop. Although Aubry’s idea – “Let’s open a vegan butcher shop!” – was initially cause for hilarity, it soon became both virtual and a reality. You’ll love their story!


Kelly Lehman escorted off pig chase grounds, Sept. 22, 2015

More good news for animals is revealed in Jasmin‘s interview with activist Kelly Lehman. Kelly was arrested last year for “disorderly conduct” at the “pig chase” at the Ephrata Fair in Pennsylvania. Her arrest and activism since then led to the suspension this year of the 39-year-old “traditions” of pig and rooster chases at the fair. Kelly tells of her group’s continuing efforts to ensure that the suspension becomes permanent.

Yes, 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.

awaat50-posterSigned into law in 1966 by President Johnson, the Animal Welfare Act turns 50 this year. The Animal Law and Policy program at Harvard Law School marks this anniversary with the conference The Animal Welfare Act at Fifty, which is one of the sponsors of this week’s podcast. This conference will bring together experts from the academic, legal, governmental, and non-profit arenas to assess the past and consider recommendations for the future of the AWA. Friday and Saturday, December 2 & 3 at Harvard Law School. Space is limited, so register now.



This episode is also 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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The Our Hen House theme song is written and sung by the incredible Michael Harren, who is also OHH’s Social Media Director! Special thanks to OHH’s Director of Operations, Anne Green, and to our audio editor, Eric Milano, of Love Loft Studios. Don’t forget to also tune into Our Hen House’s two other podcasts: The Teaching Jasmin How to Cook Vegan Podcast, and The Animal Law Podcast.

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