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Sanctuary Tour

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Episode 17                                         Cows Come Home Sanctuary –                   Randie Gentry

Episode 17 Cows Come Home Sanctuary – Randie Gentry

Cows Come Home Sanctuary located in Talbott, Tennessee is such a magical place filled with lots of love and a very inspiring story. Randie and I sit down on her front porch overlooking the cow pasture, and have a heartfelt conversation. She shares her story […]

Episode 16                                        Farmshire Animal Sanctuary

Episode 16 Farmshire Animal Sanctuary

During a recent trip to North Carolina I was excited to visit Farmshire Animal Sanctuary located in Clyde, just outside of Asheville. It was awesome to visit with the animals, and to sit down with Sarah and Calen to talk about this beautiful sanctuary and […]

Episode 15 –                          Mark Hawthorne – Author of Striking at the Roots – A Pratical Guide to Animal Activism

Episode 15 – Mark Hawthorne – Author of Striking at the Roots – A Pratical Guide to Animal Activism

Episode 15 – Mark Hawthorne – Author of Striking at the Roots – A Pratical Guide to Animal Activism
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I had the immense pleasure of sitting down with Mark at the Gray Barn at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, to discuss his book, Striking at the Roots- A Practical Guide to Animal Activism. Mark recently released the second edition of the book, (ten year anniversary) with a little more emphasis on “compassion fatigue” and more. The book is full of great tips from lots of people who contribute by telling their story, sharing their experiences, trials and tribulations, and what they have learned through their own activism. I describe the book as a sort of “round table” where so many people are getting together to share and discuss their experiences. This book is for anyone who loves and cares about animals. You don’t have to be an activist to enjoy and learn from this book.

We talk about the effectiveness of “leafletting” and what that means. The fact that we can reach so many people by just passing out leaflets or flyers. Mark talks about his experience with “leafletting” and also discusses other ways to be an effective animal rights activist.

Mark and I discuss in depth compassion fatigue and burnout, and his advice for combatting both, as well as animal law, and much more. We talk about issues within the animal rights movement concerning misconduct and harassment, and his wife lauren’s contribution to the book regarding these issues.

markhawthorne.com

Mark’s wife, Lauren Ornelas is the founder of the Food Empowerment Project. To learn more about this work, visit:

foodispower.org

Do vegans wear leather?

Do vegans wear leather?

This is a question that is asked often, and I believe there is more than one answer. Becoming/ being vegan looks different for each individual person, and I feel very strongly that we are to respect where everyone is on their journey. I know that […]

Episode 14                                       Rebecca Moore – Institute For Animal Happiness

Episode 14 Rebecca Moore – Institute For Animal Happiness

After years of experience working with animals at different sanctuaries, Rebecca started her own “micro-sanctuary,” Institute For Animal Happiness. She and I sit down in her home in Woodstock, New York to discuss micro-sanctuaries, Hudson Valley Vegfest, and much more! Rebecca explains what a “micro-sanctuary” […]

Episode 13                   Lindsay Rubin – Vice President of V-Dog

Episode 13 Lindsay Rubin – Vice President of V-Dog

Episode 13 Lindsay Rubin – Vice President of V-Dog
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In this episode, Lindsay and I talk about V-dog which was founded in 2005 by the late Dave Middlesworth, and his wife Linda, two vegans with two rescue pit bulls, who wanted an ethical vegan dog food for their dogs. They started V-dog to provide cruelty free and nutritional food for companion animals. Lindsay has been with the company since the beginning and helps with strategy and optimizing growth among other things.

V-dog makes, kibble, chew treats, and breath bones that dogs love! (My dog especially loves the breath bones!!)

We discuss the nutrition in the product and how dogs love the food, as well as thrive on it. Lindsay discusses the healthy ingredients and how dogs get everything they need from the V-dog brand. She talks about the myth that dogs need protein from meat to survive. V-dog has pea protein, quinoa, vitamin and protein rich plants, and other ingredients, as well as essential vitamins and minerals that dogs need.

My dog LOVES V-dog and loves the treats and the breath bones!

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To order, visit their website :

https://v-dog.com

Read some of the “miracle” stories here:

https://v-dog.com/blogs/testimonials/tagged/miracle-stories

Follow them on Facebook and Instagram!

https://www.facebook.com/Vdogfood/

https://www.instagram.com/vdogfood/

How often do we need to use the word “vegan” ?

How often do we need to use the word “vegan” ?

Lately, I’ve heard so many people talk about the word “vegan” and how it is overused. I talk about this with Jonathan Brant in episode 3 of Sanctuary Tour Podcast. The term “go vegan” is said so often by so many people in so many […]

Episode 12  Amy Burkman Artist- Activist- Philanthropist

Episode 12 Amy Burkman Artist- Activist- Philanthropist

Amy Burkman is a professional artist, activist, philanthropist, a cancer survivor, and advocates for animals and humans through her art. She does live painting for events and galas to support and raise money for different causes, charities, and non-profits. Amy has traveled around the world […]

Episode 11 The Humane Cowboy – Brece Clark

Episode 11 The Humane Cowboy – Brece Clark

Episode 11 The Humane Cowboy – Brece Clark
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In this episode, Brece Clark (The Humane Cowboy) and I have an authentic, raw conversation about his journey from horse trainer, bull rider, rodeo participant, to the “humane cowboy” who works full time at a farm sanctuary who rescues animals. Brece talks about growing up on a dairy farm and his work on the farm, as well as his life as a horse trainer. He shares his story of how he walked away from that way of life and is now working at Sasha Farm Sanctuary in Manchester, Michigan. Brece talks in detail about what goes on in the horse training industry – things the average person never things about.

Brece talks about the breaking down of horses through violence to get the horses to do what the trainer wants them to do, and how the horse gives up their freedom when they are trained to be ridden and used for entertainment. He talks about methods he used and some of the more extreme measures and practices of the Tennessee walking horses.

Brece shares his journey and talks about his personal experiences, how his decisions have affected his relationships with his family and how he lives his life today.

Follow Brece on Facebook – Instagram – and check out his videos on YouTube.

http://www.sashafarm.org

https://www.facebook.com/thehumanecowboy/

If you would like to learn more about what happens to horses who are exploited, check out Horse Racing Wrongs.

Episode 10 – Woodstock Farm Sanctuary – Rachel McCrystal, Executive Director

Episode 10 – Woodstock Farm Sanctuary – Rachel McCrystal, Executive Director

In this episode Rachel McCrystal and I sit down in the grass pasture with the turkeys at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. Rachel introduces the beautiful turkeys and tells us that Beatrice is nine years old, which is very uncommon for turkeys to live this long. Beatrice […]