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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 22 – Jonathan Brant – Discussing the Surging Plant-based Market and Growing Competition with the Animal Agriculture Industry

Episode 22 – Jonathan Brant – Discussing the Surging Plant-based Market and Growing Competition with the Animal Agriculture Industry

Jonathan Brant is an animal rights activist, a writer, an artist, a musician and singer, a student at Eastern Michigan University, and author of “An Open Letter to a Curious Omnivore.” In this episode, Jonathan and I are back together again discussing important issues surrounding 

Episode 21 – Cultivating Peace Through Ahimsa and Meditation with Kim Beller

Episode 21 – Cultivating Peace Through Ahimsa and Meditation with Kim Beller

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Kim and best friend, Violet at Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary in
Poughquag, New York

*Audio typo correction!! – In this episode I say 100 billion animals have died in Australia wildfires. I meant 1 billion. Sorry for the audio typo!

Happy New Year! This episode is different from others in that there is no guest. In this raw and authentic episode, Kim Beller talks candidly about her start to the new year, the Australia wildfires and what everyone can do to help ALL animals in the world….. How we can all cultivate peace in the world through our daily practices, and her best goat friend named Violet.

Kim talks about how to combat compassion fatigue, her own daily meditation practice, and the mantra she chants 108 times each day. {LOKAH SAMASTAH SUKHINO BHAVANTU} – This Sanskrit mantra translates to “May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may the thoughts, words and actions in my own life contribute to that happiness and freedom for all.”

Painting by Kim Beller
Violet basking in the sun

Offering a meditation for caregivers, volunteers, sanctuary workers, and anyone who works with animals or animal rights in any way, Kim guides listeners through a pranayama and meditation that can be done anywhere – any time. She talks about Ahimsa and how living and practicing Ahimsa will reduce pain and suffering around the world.

Playing harmonium for Violet at Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary in
Poughquag, New York
Photo by Jean Rhode

Kim encourages anyone listening to reach out to her when compassion fatigue sets in and offers tips and ideas to help with this struggle.

Sanctuary Tour is growing and is now officially a non-profit organization. We have started an emergency care fund that will be distributed as needed for animal sanctuaries and organizations in need. The basis of this work is to support sanctuaries by providing a platform to share stories, work, and ways we can support, as well as to provide monetary help as needed.

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Episode 19 – Sarah Beth – Animal Rights Activist

Episode 19 – Sarah Beth – Animal Rights Activist

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 

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 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.

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

foodispower.org

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 

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

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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