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Episode 447: Matt Rice

By Jasmin and Mariann — August 04, 2018

Jasmin talks to Matt Rice of Mercy For Animals about their ongoing undercover investigations in the US as well as their programs in Mexico and Brazil. He also talks about MFA’s recent focus on fish, the role of legal and legislative advocacy for farmed animals, and his own journey to veganism. Matt Rice serves as president of Mercy For Animals. He oversees all of MFA’s departments and work in over six countries. For more than 15 years, Matt has been a central leader in the animal protection movement. He has overseen many of MFA’s biggest cases, most successful campaigns, and other victories. Matt began in MFA’s New York office carrying out grassroots outreach before being promoted to director of operations. He later took over as director of investigations, working closely with our brave undercover investigators and overseeing more than 40 investigations, before moving on to the role of executive vice president. Matt lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Tammy, and rescued parakeets, Buffy and Winnie.

Also, Jasmin and Mariann respond to recent listener feedback about Mariann’s interview with Brian Kateman, and also discuss the Impossible Burger. We’ve also got News and Rising Anxieties.

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


This episode is brought to you in part through the generosity of A Well-Fed World. 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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