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Episode 24 – Maya Gottfried – Author of Vegan Love

Episode 24 – Maya Gottfried – Author of Vegan Love

Maya Gottfried, Author of several books including “Vegan Love – Dating and Partnering for the Cruelty – Free Gal, With Fashion, Makeup & Wedding Tips” and I sit down in her home in the Hudson Valley to discuss this book, Our Farm, and much more. 

Episode 20 – Party Animals Catering – Mike Barootjian

Episode 20 – Party Animals Catering – Mike Barootjian

Mike Barootijian is the owner and head chef of Party Animals Catering – A vegan catering service and meal plan service in the Hudson Valley in New York. It was a pleasure to sit down with Mike and discuss his work, his vegan story, and 

Episode 19 – Sarah Beth – Animal Rights Activist

Episode 19 – Sarah Beth – Animal Rights Activist

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Sarah Beth is an animal rights activist and avid volunteer living in upstate New York. After learning about the many deaths of horses associated with horse racing, Sarah began protesting with Horseracing Wrongs, an organization founded by Patrick Battuello, that exposes the many wrongs in the horse racing industry. After meeting Nicole Arciello, Vice President and Patrick Battuello, Sarah began to participate in more protests and to help out at events with Horseracing Wrongs.

Sarah talks about her work as an animal rights activist, the first protest she attended, and the people she met who supported her on her journey to veganism. Sarah shares her personal testimonial – her story about becoming vegan, and how her experiences with volunteering and visiting sanctuaries made a huge impact on her that she hopes to share with others.

We discuss the importance of understanding not just animal rights, but also human rights and the impact animal agriculture industry has on humans working in dangerous and horrific conditions.

To take a tour and volunteer with Sarah at a sanctuary in New York, Connect with Sarah on Facebook!

To learn more about Horseracing Wrongs please visit their website or their Facebook page, or email: Patrick Battuello, Founder, President, Director (patrickjbattuello@gmail.com)

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

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 

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

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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 6 – Oliver and Friends Farm Sanctuary

Episode 6 – Oliver and Friends Farm Sanctuary

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