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Episode 13                   Lindsay Rubin – Vice President of V-Dog

Episode 13 Lindsay Rubin – Vice President of V-Dog

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…

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

Episode 12 Amy Burkman Artist- Activist- Philanthropist
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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 painting murals, live painting, and connecting with animals and people through art.

We discuss her technique of painting on the canvas upside down, using black or dark canvas so the shadows are already there, and performing live for audiences, which she calls “live art for heart.” She has raised close to half a million dollars through her art and performances, and is in the process of starting a non-profit – “Good Art Project” so that she can help more people, causes, and charities around the world.

Amy knew at a very young age that she was an artist. Her first painting was a cow! (one of her favorite animals) From the beginning, Amy changed her diet and became vegan, and from there became more involved with activism through vigils, and marches and now through her art. Her goal is to promote animal rights in a positive way, through art and education.

She was working in a bank and decided to follow her passion and start helping people through her art through traveling and painting for causes around the world. She moved to Southern California and learned more about painting murals. She later traveled to West Africa to paint educational murals. Her work incorporates her favorite things – traveling, painting, and helping others.

She has been to lots of sanctuaries painting for fundraisers and events. We talk about the Gentle Barn and the story of Karma the cow. Please visit their website to support and to get the full story of Karma HERE!!

To learn more about the work that Amy is doing and to support her non-profit, follow her on Instagram (Amy Burkman Official) and Facebook, and visit her website .

Episode 11 The Humane Cowboy – Brece Clark

Episode 11 The Humane Cowboy – Brece Clark

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…

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…

Episode 9 FREEDOM FARM SANCTUARY in Olesh, Israel with Adit Romano and Ruth Levy-Abramson

Episode 9 FREEDOM FARM SANCTUARY in Olesh, Israel with Adit Romano and Ruth Levy-Abramson

Episode 9 FREEDOM FARM SANCTUARY in Olesh, Israel with Adit Romano and Ruth Levy-Abramson
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Founders of Freedom Farm Sanctuary, – Adit Romano and Meital Ben-Ari with Shai their turkey friend.

Adit Ramano is the co-founder of Freedom Farm Sanctuary in Olesh, Israel. She and Ruth Levy Abramson, humane educator and translator for the farm sit down with me to discuss the work they are doing, the animals they have rescued, how the sanctuary was started, and more.

Meital and Adit with Gary, the sheep who thinks Meital is his mother. 

Adit shares the moment she went from being a vegetarian for 17 years, to a vegan, after learning about the dairy industry from a video lecture she watched, and how she knew she wanted to do more. Adit was an entrepreneur, a business professional and has now dedicated her life to rescuing and caring for animals at her sanctuary. Starting the sanctuary in Israel was a challenge and after 2 years, the sanctuary was up and running. She and Meital Ben-Ari founded the sanctuary together.

One of the first rescues at the sanctuary is a cow named Maayan. She was a tiny baby when she was found and it is assumed that she had been birthed on a transport truck heading to slaughter, and she fell off the truck. You can visit the website to read her story!

https://www.freedom-farm.org.il/en/maayan-first-freedom-baby/

Ruth also talks about Baruch, the sheep, his transformation since coming to the sanctuary, and how he supports newcomers to the sanctuary.

https://www.freedom-farm.org.il/en/the-story-of-baruch/

Adit speaks of the mama sheep (Mazal) who was reunited with her babies and the time it took for her to know she (and her babies) were safe at the sanctuary.

https://www.freedom-farm.org.il/en/מזל-האמא-ובנותיה-מזל-ומאיה/

Ruth talks about the educational work they do at the sanctuary, touching on the five senses to interact with and teach visitors about the animal agriculture industry, and the farm sanctuary world where animals are safe and living a life without fear. She walks us through what a tour feels like at the sanctuary and how people who experience meeting the animals and making the connections are profoundly moved.

Adit discusses what she believes is the root of violence – habits with our fork and knife. She discusses the importance of visitors to the sanctuary, and their connections with the animals at the sanctuary. The opening of minds and hearts starts the change. Ruth talks about the tours and how it turns out that the animals at the sanctuary are not much different than our dogs and cats at home. I reference the book “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows” written by Dr. Melanie Joy, PhD.

In addition to what we discussed on the podcast, Ruth also adds, “Many of the rescued animals were saved due to their physical disabilities-the industry has no use for them. At the farm, we go to great lengths to rehabilitate them and give them all the love in the world.”

Billy the goat with Devek the barn cat.
Nir has a prosthetic leg and enjoys grazing in the fields of green grass.

Yael and Billy enjoy hanging out together.
Billy and Amir enjoying a bite to eat together.
These two friends love each other! – Roy with Billy

Adit speaks about ways to help the sanctuary and how every little bit helps. Follow on all social media to stay in touch with the work they are doing and the rescue stories. (link below for website)

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freedom_farm_sanctuary/

https://www.freedom-farm.org.il/en/

Episode 8                                  HHHH Farm Rescue with Lauren Rosborough

Episode 8 HHHH Farm Rescue with Lauren Rosborough

Lauren tells the story of how HHHH Farm Rescue was started, and her first rescue, Celtic (a horse), and purchasing her own farm when she turned 25. She discusses her second rescue and the latest rescue (Beau) another horse. They recently rescued Veda (meaning life)…

Episode 7 – Arthur’s Acres – Todd Friedman

Episode 7 – Arthur’s Acres – Todd Friedman

In this episode Todd Friedman tells the story of how Arthur’s Acres was started and talks about the animals he has rescued.   We discuss the dark side of animal agriculture, about different alternatives and options to meat products and the impact animal agriculture has…

Episode 6 – Oliver and Friends Farm Sanctuary

Episode 6 – Oliver and Friends Farm Sanctuary

Episode 6 – Oliver and Friends Farm Sanctuary
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Oliver and Jennie

Jennie and Jason Hays, the founders of Oliver and Friends Farm Sanctuary, in Luther Oklahoma talk about the work they do and the animals they rescue. This animal sanctuary is run solely by volunteers. Jennie and Jason work at other jobs to support themselves and the sanctuary, and they have volunteers who work with them and also have other jobs. It’s a labor of love for sure.

Jennie tells us about the first animal they rescued, a pig named Clarice who was an ex- FFA pig and talks about the detrimental effect that programs like FFA and 4-H have on children and their families. These programs are designed to teach children where their food comes from, (which is a good thing) and how to take care of animals, but the end result, after they have loved and cared for the animals is that they are slaughtered for food. This is particularly hard for the young children who have raised and become attached to these animals.

Jennie talks about their beloved Oliver, a sweet camel who the sanctuary is named after and the plight of camels and how they are exploited.

In this episode we discuss “compassion fatigue” and ways to stay healthy when you are rescuing and caring for animals full time.

We discuss different issues with animals in animal agriculture and some of the rescues they have from beef and dairy farmers, as well as the importance of communicating respectfully and professionally with farmers and ranchers. Jennie talks about the love the farmers have for the animals, even though for us it is hard to understand how they do what they do.

Jennie tells us how to volunteer, visit, and support the sanctuary. They have volunteer days and also private tours with hands on time with the animals to get up close and personal with them.

If you would like to learn more about this amazing sanctuary and support the work they are doing please visit their website, or better yet, go visit in person!!

https://oliverandfriends.org

Alyson Charles – Rock Star Shaman CALL TO ACTION special episode to support the Indigenous people in the Amazon Rainforest

Alyson Charles – Rock Star Shaman CALL TO ACTION special episode to support the Indigenous people in the Amazon Rainforest

Alyson Charles, also known as Rockstar Shaman talks about trusted ways we can directly support the Indigenous people of the Amazon Rainforest. She has worked and studied with Amazonian Master Shaman and Chief of the Ashaninka Tribe, Benki Piyako. He won U.N. award for his…