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Episode 508: Amy Jean Davis on Bearing Witness for Farmed Animals

By Jasmin and Mariann — October 05, 2019

This week Jasmin talks to Amy Jean Davis of L.A. Animal Save about the origins the Save Movement and how anyone can start a chapter of it in their community, how bearing witness can inspire people to become activists, and the difficult but necessary experience of participating in vigils for animals on the way to slaughter.

Amy Jean Davis is an animal rights advocate and the Founder of LA Animal Save, the Los Angeles chapter of the global Save Movement. Davis graduated Purdue University in 2004. After having become vegan in 2002, she started the Love Always Animal Sanctuary in the Los Angeles, California area. In 2015, she completed her certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from eCornell, and in 2016, Amy founded LA Animal Save, which is now the largest chapter of more than 600 Save groups worldwide.

Amy also works with her partner, filmmaker Shaun Monson (EARTHLINGS, UNITY), creating films and other media for the animal rights movement. Originally from a small town in Indiana, she came to Los Angeles in 2008 as a top 24 Finalist on season 7 of American Idol. Amy is vegan and raising her daughter vegan, as well.

In the intro to the show, Jasmin and Mariann talk about the urgency of animal activism in the face of climate crisis, and our dear friend Jo-Anne MacArthur‘s new Masterclass! Later in the episode, Mariann brings us Rising Anxieties about an Adopt-A-Cow program, and Taylor Swift!

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

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