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Episode 464: Mark Hawthorne

By Jasmin and Mariann — December 01, 2018

This week, Mariann talks to author Mark Hawthorne about the 10th anniversary edition of his important book, Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism. He discusses expanding the book to cover things like self-care, social justice, and other issues for activists in the 21st century. He also talks about the progress and setbacks he’s seen in the last ten years, the social media revolution’s impact on movements for animal rights, and the continuing rise of grassroots activism. There are so many great takeaways from this interview, and you’ll want to make sure to pre-order the book today! Mark Hawthorne is an activist and the author of three books on animal rights and social justice: A Vegan Ethic: Embracing A Life Of Compassion Toward All; Bleating Hearts: The Hidden World of Animal Suffering; and the bestselling Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism, which has just been updated as a 10th-anniversary edition. Mark is a frequent contributor to VegNews magazine, and he volunteers with the vegan food justice group Food Empowerment Project. You’ll find him blogging about activism at and tweeting @markhawthorne.

Also, Mariann and Jasmin discuss an email from a listener about a very difficult situation in Florida involving an invasive species of lionfish who have been displaced into Florida and are decimating the local fish population, and how this relates to the perils of speciesism. Lastly, Mariann brings us some Rising Anxieties.

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


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