This week Jasmin talks to Laura Lee Cascada of Compassion Over Killing about her debut novel, Dellie’s Run, the story of a girl who dreams of escaping the confines of her prison walls and becoming a baseball player. She tells us what brought her to writing fiction and why she chose to not make the novel an overtly animal-rights story, and she shares her tips and advice for self-publishing your book. Laura also shares with us some updates on the incredible work that Compassion Over Killing is doing.
Laura Lee Cascada is a coastal Virginia-based writer and advocate. For over a decade, Laura has worked at nonprofits to protect animals and our world, including in her current role as the Senior Director of Campaigns & Outreach with Compassion Over Killing (where she works to make vegan eating more accessible at chains like Subway and Dunkin’ and improve the lives of farmed animals nationwide). She is the founder of Plight of the Hermies, a grassroots campaign advocacy for wild hermit crab freedom, as well The Every Animal Project, a collection of photographs and awe-inspiring stories of animals around the globe. She published her debut novel, Dellie’s Run, in June 2019, highlighting one being’s remarkable journey to freedom through a big dream: baseball. Laura also manages PR for the annual Hampton Roads VegFest, and she has a master’s degree in environmental policy from the Johns Hopkins University. In her free time, she masquerades as a land-locked mermaid, using her Vegan Mermaid Warrior Instagram account as a hub for her advocacy for sea life and other animals.
In the intro to the show, Jasmin and Mariann talk about answering the question of how we come to care about animals, and the preposterous Burger King law suit and whether the person bringing it is actually vegan. Later in the episode, Mariann brings us Rising Anxieties about vegan parents, PETA pig farm investigations, and plant-based protein advice for meat and dairy farmers.
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