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Longtime animal advocate, Hope Bohanec, will cover a variety of farmed animal issues including the ethical, environmental, spiritual, heartbreaking and heartwarming aspects of living vegan. Hope has engaging conversations with special guests focusing on critical reasons for living a vegan lifestyle and covering current topics such as the humane hoax and effective communication and outreach advocating for chickens, turkeys, cows, pigs, goats and other farm animals. Hope is a 30-year vegan, animal rights activist and author. This podcast is sponsored by Compassionate Living.

Hope for the Animals Hope Bohanec

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Longtime animal advocate, Hope Bohanec, will cover a variety of farmed animal issues including the ethical, environmental, spiritual, heartbreaking and heartwarming aspects of living vegan. Hope has engaging conversations with special guests focusing on critical reasons for living a vegan lifestyle and covering current topics such as the humane hoax and effective communication and outreach advocating for chickens, turkeys, cows, pigs, goats and other farm animals. Hope is a 30-year vegan, animal rights activist and author. This podcast is sponsored by Compassionate Living.

    A Modern Modest Proposal with Molly Elwood

    A Modern Modest Proposal with Molly Elwood

     
    Why not dog meat? Molly Elwood is the vegan activists who created the website, Elwood’s Organic Dog Meat which launched in August 2021 and has gone super viral with over 1.3 million unique views. The Facebook page has over 42k followers, and one post has reached nearly 10 million people and has 21k comments and 42k shares! This fictional farm raises dogs for meat with claims like “local,” “organic,” “free-range" and "ethical." The idea was to satirize meat industry's messaging, encouraging consumers to explore their cognitive dissonance around the animals they choose to put on their plates. Molly and Hope discuss the emotional and visceral reactions that this unique campaign has created, the use of satire in political action and change, and how Molly herself fell for the humane hoax before going vegan. 
    Resources:
    www.elwooddogmeat.com

    • 52 min
    Amplifying Voices of Vegans Through Publishing with Mitali Deypurkaystha

    Amplifying Voices of Vegans Through Publishing with Mitali Deypurkaystha

    Mitali Deypurkaystha  is a British-Indian woman based in the UK. A vegan of 10 years, Mitali has a book publishing company called The Vegan Publisher, using a hybrid book publishing model to help vegan and plant-based experts write books to amplify the voices of ethical entrepreneurs. Mitali tells Hope about her experiences with racism as a child and in particular an aspect of racism called colorism. She goes on to talk about her love of writing, choosing it as a career path, and how the passion of vegan entrepreneurs inspired her to start a vegan publishing company. Mitali explains what a mind map is and how this new method of organizing thoughts can help beyond writing books. She also tells Hope why she wrote her book, The Freedom Master Plan, and how it can help ethical entrepreneurs write and promote their books to catapult their businesses or organizations to the next level. 
    Resources: 

    Sign Up for Compassionate Living's E-news
    Sign up for Hope's online course: Ahimsa, Animal Advocacy, and Veganism with Arihanta Academy

    Mitali's Info:
    Publisher website: https://www.theveganpublisher.com/
    The Freedom Master Plan book website: https://www.thefreedommasterplan.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LetsTellYourStoryPublishing
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/veganpublisher   
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/veganpublisher/
    LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/veganpublisher/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfrbspEvAQyN8thKIdh-ycg

    • 58 min
    Goatlandia! with Deborah Blum

    Goatlandia! with Deborah Blum

    Deborah Blum is the founder and executive director at Goatlandia Farm Animal Sanctuary in Santa Rosa, CA. Deborah moved to Santa Rosa to fulfill her dream of living with goats and what started as a passion grew into a non profit rescue, education organization, animal therapy, goat yoga, kid’s camp, as well as vegan catering, and much more. Deb and Hope discuss their mutual love of goats and how the rise in popularity of goat dairy has created the same cruelty and ethical issues we see with cow dairy. Deb talks about using goats to graze public lands for fire prevention, and how this other popular use of goats is on the rise and has created yet another host of ethical problems and even more goats needing rescue. They also discuss Goatlandia’s vegan catering and the power of delicious vegan food to change the world!
    Resources:
    Goatlandia Farm Animal Sanctuary
     

    • 49 min
    Trans Vegan Voices

    Trans Vegan Voices

    HAPPY PRIDE MONTH! We are celebrating Pride today with two amazing people, Mckenzee Griffler and Pax Ahimsa Gethen. Mckenzee holds a certification in Animal Sanctuary Management and is the Executive Director at the Open Sanctuary Project. Mckenzee is a trans woman and shares with us some basics of trans etiquette, unpacks some of the most pressing issues facing the trans community, and conveys why respecting and supporting trans people and trans kids saves lives. Pax Ahimsa Gethen is a blogger, photographer, Wikipedia editor, and long-time vegan. Pax shares their thoughts on the connection of being trans and being vegan, some San Francisco trans history, proposing gun abolition, and the story of their connection with a neurodivergent alpaca at VINE animal sanctuary.  
    Resources from Mckenzee (she/her/hers):
    Podcasts:
    Gender Reveal
    TransLash Podcast
    The Anti-Trans Hate Machine

    Websites:
    Them.us
    https://genderdysphoria.fyi/
    SingularThey.info
    State Action Center - National Center For Trans Equality

    Books: 
    A Quick & Easy Guide To Queer and Trans Identities
    A Quick & Easy Guide To They Them Pronouns
    Queer: A Graphic History
    A Queer History Of The United States

    Orgs:
    Sylvia Rivera Law Project
    Trans Lifeline
    The Trevor Project
    The National Center For Trans Equality
    ACLU
    Resources from Pax (they/them/their): 
    Website:
    http://funcrunch.org
    Blog Posts:
    Dare to disarm
    Resistance to going vegan - excuses and responses
    The Transgender District: https://www.transgenderdistrictsf.com/
    Office of Transgender Initiatives: https://sf.gov/transcitysf
    Compton Cafeteria Riots: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/jun/21/stonewall-san-francisco-riot-tenderloin-neighborhood-trans-women
     
     

    • 1 hr
    The Vegan Hypocritical Imperative with Cogen and Hope Bohanec

    The Vegan Hypocritical Imperative with Cogen and Hope Bohanec

    This episode we welcome back to the podcast Hope’s husband Cogen Bohanec. Cogen and Hope reminisce about giving vegan talks together in the early 2000’s, how enchanted they were with each other’s integrity and ethical values, and how some (almost) raw sushi was a symbol of their love. They then explore some vegan philosophies they have debated over the years. The first is what Cogen calls the Hypocritical Imperative, arguing that it’s better to be hypocritical than complacent. They also discuss vegan vs. plant based labels and if plant based offers a more inclusive option or a watered down ethic. They also investigate a philosophy they call Directional Ethics, which examines whether or not to support a restaurant or store or product based on their vegan “direction.”  They also discuss quantifiable and unquantifiable measures of effectiveness for veganism and activism.  

    Resources:
    Episode 48: Vegan Love and Rescue with Cogen and Hope Bohanec

    • 1 hr 12 min
    The Worth of a Chicken with Tara Hess

    The Worth of a Chicken with Tara Hess

    We continue our celebration of International Respect for Chickens Month with a reminder about the upcoming Humane Hoax Chicken Webinar on Saturday, May 21. Then our guest is Tara Hess who spent close to a decade working as a caregiver and in shelter management roles at Farm Sanctuary. She is now the Senior Advisor at the Open Sanctuary Project where she uses her hands-on experience to help create animal care resources that are accessible and reflect the many nuances of sanctuary work. Tara and Hope talk about combating harmful information about chicken and, how the commodification of chickens demeans their worth as individuals. They  discuss the  Avian Flu epidemic that is devastating wild and domestic bird populations in the US and the risk to farmed animal sanctuary residents. Tara also talks about the new Rooster Resource from the Open Sanctuary Project, addressing misconceptions about roosters and rooster stigma.  
    Resources:
    The Open Sanctuary Project
    Rooster Resource
    Humane Hoax Chicken Webinar- May 21, 2022- Information & Registration

    • 1 hr 1 min

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