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2020, 2017, 2015, and 2013 OFFICIAL HONOREE OF THE WEBBY AWARDS! Join hostesses Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan on this unique and fun podcast that focuses on changing the world for animals. Jasmin and Mariann get to interview some of the grooviest, most insightful and inspiring activists and changemakers around.

Our Hen Hous‪e‬ Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan

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    • 4.9 • 453 Ratings

2020, 2017, 2015, and 2013 OFFICIAL HONOREE OF THE WEBBY AWARDS! Join hostesses Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan on this unique and fun podcast that focuses on changing the world for animals. Jasmin and Mariann get to interview some of the grooviest, most insightful and inspiring activists and changemakers around.

    Episode 581: Sentientism ft. Jamie Woodhouse

    Episode 581: Sentientism ft. Jamie Woodhouse

    Jamie Woodhouse joins us this week for an intriguing, dare-we-say captivating, conversation about "sentientism," a philosophical worldview that encompasses vegan values. First developed and named in the 1930s, sentientism, quite simply, grants moral consideration to all sentient beings. Jamie tells us what he believes are the two central pillars of sentientism and what sentientists think about compassion, consciousness and morality. He also dissects the common issues that arise within sentientism, such as the burden of proof (who should we consider to be sentient and why?), the connection between levels of sentience and moral action (how should we behave towards beings with differing levels of sentience?), and questioning the sentience of plants. Jamie also shares how and he is working to bring sentientism into the mainstream, connect with others, and further build the movement around this worldview.



    Jamie is a sentientist, humanist, and vegan who believes in compassion for all sentient beings. He left a 23-year career as a management consultant in 2017 to concentrate on working to refine sentientism as a potentially unifying, baseline ethical philosophy, and is currently focusing his efforts on building a fully fledged movement. Jamie’s papers and seminar materials on sentientism are available to read on Academia.edu, ResearchGate, and PhilPeople, and he hosts the Sentientism podcast.



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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 580: Pediatricians and Plant-Based Diets ft. Dr. Reshma Shah and Dr. Yami Cazorla-Lancaster

    Episode 580: Pediatricians and Plant-Based Diets ft. Dr. Reshma Shah and Dr. Yami Cazorla-Lancaster

    This week, plant-based pediatricians Dr. Reshma Shah and Dr. Yami Cazorla-Lancaster join Jasmin to share their thoughts on how both adults and children can best transition from a standard diet to a plant-based diet, and discuss how they each made that change themselves during their medical careers. Dr. Yami shares how she got lost in a plant-based rabbit hole on her search for facts, while Dr. Shah provides insight into how veganism helped her connect to her roots. They discuss how the medical community often adopts an extreme point of view in regards to veganism, and whether this dissuades people from trying to live more plant-based. Both doctors also give their number one tip for advocating for veganism and share how we can change society as we know it if we all go vegan.



    Dr. Reshma Shah is a board-certified pediatrician with nearly two decades of experience caring for children and families in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health and also received additional training in plant-based nutrition, leading her to write Nourish, a guide for plant-curious families who want to support their health and well-being. Also a board-certified pediatrician, Dr. Yami Cazorla-Lancaster is a lifestyle medicine physician, a health and wellness coach and a passionate champion of the power of plant-based diets for the prevention of chronic disease. The founder of  VeggieFitKids,  she also hosts the podcast Veggie Doctor Radio where she explores plant-based nutrition and healthy living.



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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 579: Born Free ft. Angela Grimes

    Episode 579: Born Free ft. Angela Grimes

    Angela Grimes, the CEO of Born Free USA, joins us for this week’s episode on a very timely and crucially important subject -- the highly problematic and cruel conditions within wildlife wet markets. She and Mariann discuss the connections between these hideous markets, which are found all over the world, and human disease outbreaks, including, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic. Angela also talks about other ways in which human behavior is devastating wildlife, including poaching, trapping, trophy hunting, and roadside zoos, and tells us about Born Free's Global Nature Recovery Investment Initiative. She reveals what she believes to be the most critical current threat to animals, but also shares with us significant progress and why she is optimistic for the future.



    In her role as Chief Executive Officer of Born Free USA, Angela upholds a vision of a co-existent future where humans no longer exploit wild animals. She was previously Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer of Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation and has more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector.



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    • 58 min
    Episode 578: Justice for All, Including Animals, ft Senator Jabari Brisport

    Episode 578: Justice for All, Including Animals, ft Senator Jabari Brisport

    This week, we have such a powerhouse interview! Newly elected New York State Senator Jabari Brisport joins us to explain how he successfully showcased his strong support for animal rights and veganism (yup!) while running for election. In fact, he points out, it actually created a platform for discussing all of the social justice issues he is passionate about. He shares his thoughts on why people want to pit human rights against animal rights, and how and why they so often fail to realize that animal agriculture deeply harms marginalized communities. Perhaps best of all, Senator Brisport tells us why he believes we are at a watershed moment -- older mindsets are shifting fast, and we are on the cusp of making real progress for both human and non-human animals.



    Senator Brisport is a third-generation Caribbean-American Brooklynite who represents New York’s District 25 in the state senate.  His experiences as a Black LGBTQ+ man, socialist, union member, child of an immigrant father, and a former public school teacher have shaped his drive to make his community more just and equitable. As a newly elected state senator and passionate vegan, he intends to use his platform to advocate for rights, dignity, and protection by the law for all living beings and create a state where humans and animals can safely coexist without exploitation and abuse.



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    • 51 min
    Episode 577: Archiving Animal Rights ft Kim Stallwood

    Episode 577: Archiving Animal Rights ft Kim Stallwood

    Kim Stallwood is truly one of the founders of the modern animal rights movement, and we are thrilled to have him join us this week on the podcast. He and Mariann discuss the long term history of the movement, the recent extraordinary acquisition of Kim’s collection of books and artifacts by the British Library, and what the Library selected to preserve for posterity. He shares some of his past heroes and some of the characters throughout history, such as Topsy the elephant, who was electrocuted on Coney Island for not being kinder to the humans who brutally exploited him. Kim also emphasizes why it is essential not only for the humans in the animal rights movement, but also for the animals themselves, to preserve and safeguard historical materials.



    Vegan for more than 40 years, Kim is not only an animal rights advocate, but an animal rights theorist who has worked with or alongside some of the world’s foremost animal advocacy organizations. He is a speaker, independent scholar, and author of "Growl: Life Lessons, Hard Truths, and Bold Strategies from an Animal Advocate." Kim is on the board of directors for Culture and Animals Foundation and, as noted, recently worked with the British Library to curate a collection on the history of the animal rights movement.



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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 576: Measuring Wild Animal Welfare ft. Michelle Graham

    Episode 576: Measuring Wild Animal Welfare ft. Michelle Graham

    Michelle Graham joins the podcast today and we love this conversation! Michelle is the Executive Director of Wild Animal Initiative (WAI), where she focuses encouraging and facilitating research on wild animal welfare. We talk to Michelle about why we must focus on wild animal welfare, even when so many domesticated animals continue to suffer at the hands of humans. She also discusses the inherent problems in weighing welfare against beauty and how we must balance the trade-offs necessary to being responsible humans. Among the questions she examines in her work are how to ensure we are not doing more harm than good in the natural world as animal activists, and what steps researchers can take to develop and support safe interventions.



    In addition to her work at WAI, Michelle is a Ph.D. student in engineering mechanics at Virginia Tech. Her research brings data together to tell the story of the jumping and gliding locomotion of flying snakes and their relatives, ultimately focusing on the physical requirements and different approaches to navigating their arboreal habitats. In addition to her research, Michelle, an avid vegan, has worked with animals in shelters, veterinary offices, farms, and zoos.



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    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

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453 Ratings

453 Ratings

Unny Nambudiripad ,

Best source about the animal protection movement

Listening to Our Hen House is my favorite way of keeping tabs on the animal protection movement! They interview amazing activists and are great at asking questions that are both supportive and encouraging as well as probing enough so that the interviewee shares their experience and perspective with depth. This is one of a few podcasts that I listen to every week.

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A must listen!

What I like most about this podcast is listening to interviews from a wide range of vegan industry innovators. Mariann Sullivan and Jasmin Singer, their guests, and the amazing team at Our Hen House never fail to inspire me. Check it out!

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My go-to for all things vegan!

Absolutely love this podcast. I’m new to the plant based world and this has become my go to for all info related to veganism, animal rights, etc. The hosts are so entertaining and keep me wanting to tune in every week! Already looking forward to next week’s episode. Keep up the great work 🙌🏻

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