I want you to get to know the incredible team that makes Our Hen House happen. Let’s start with the hilarious and zazztastic Danielle Legg, our outreach coordinator. In the coming weeks, I’ll introduce you to the rest of the #PRIVATE#team, too. Danielle is simply adorable. I already know that you dig her too, because anytime you’ve ever received a doodad from us, Danielle was the one who sent it. She not only manages our fulfillment, but she’s frequently in touch with you — our loyal supporters and darling flock — and she makes the magic happen in terms of contests, giveaways, and our Etsy page. Her apartment, I hear, is a veritable filing cabinet for Our Hen House goodies. In addition to her work with OHH, Danielle is an extremely active animal advocate, and always can be found running around the Buffalo, NY area with leaflets on hand. Her disposition is always sunny, and her tattoos are always awe-inspiring. She’s the best. Below is more from Danielle.
Jasmin Singer: Briefly describe your role with Our Hen House.
Danielle Legg: I’m the Queen O’ Fulfillment, but my earrings say “Queen O Quinoa” (You can get a pair for yourself at our Etsy shop!). I make sure that our amazing supporters (that’s you!) get their thank you gifts promptly when they donate. I get to chat with supporters about how to get more involved in advocacy, which is pretty great. I also reach out to some of my favorite places for exciting incentives for our flock members (that’s you, too!). And I ogle at our Etsy shop goods, make sure everything is listed and looks good, and when someone orders, I get their item shipped lickety split!
JS: What drives your activism?
DL: The animals, mainly. They’re the reason I decided to go vegan, and the reason that a fire was lit inside to get more involved. They’re also the reason why I’ve picked up every book I can find on the subject. From Melanie Joy’s Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows to Timothy Pachirat’s Every Twelve Seconds, and books like David Kirby’s Animal Factory. People always say that we’re the voice for the voiceless, but the fact is that these animals all have a voice — and they’re screaming — but nobody will listen. We animal advocates are the voice that will not be ignored. They rely on us.
Whenever I feel like what I’m doing is not enough, when I get down in the dumps, I think of my animal friends at Farm Sanctuary, or at Woodstock Sanctuary, and I forget why I was blue. I get inspired to keep doing what I’m doing.
Animals like Fanny inspire me — she’s the glorious cow I am pictured with above, a resident of Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY. She’s usually shy, but on that day, she greeted me with kisses. I was laughing and crying because it was such a sweet moment, but her tongue hurt! I do so adore Fanny; she is a fighter, and a survivor. Fanny, and those like Fanny, are my driving force.