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Episode 481: Sue Coe

By Jasmin and Mariann — March 30, 2019

This week, Mariann interviews visual artist and activist Sue Coe about her new book, Zooicide. They discuss how a trip to the zoo with her sister as a child informed her views on animals in captivity, why people continue to go to zoos and what happens when they see someone drawing the animals, and the dangers rampant capitalism poses for the planet.

Sue Coe is a visual artist with a particular focus on the atrocities committed by people against animals. Coe is the author of many books, including Dead Meat, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and Rolling Stone.

In the intro to this episode, Jasmin and Mariann discuss episode 438 guest Ryan Bethencourt’s appearance on Shark Tank representing Wild Earth, how we can address the issue of veganism putting people like dairy farmers out of work, and the bizarre story of a man who ate a pig’s head at a Veg Fest. After the interview, Mariann brings us some Rising Anxieties. More info in the show notes!

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


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