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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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 471 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 611: One Hundred Dogs and Counting w/ Cara Achterberg

    Episode 611: One Hundred Dogs and Counting w/ Cara Achterberg

    Cara Achterberg joins the podcast this week for an important conversation about the many dogs currently in animal rescues and shelters waiting for a home that may never come. Author of 2020’s One Hundred Dogs and Counting: One Woman, A Thousand Miles, and a Journey into the Heart of Shelters and Rescues, Cara shares how she gradually came to the realization that shelters will never have enough money or space to care for all the dogs in need. She dives into the reasons so many have the mistaken belief that we have fixed the homeless dog problem and why she set out to educate herself about the real story behind the headlines. Cara also discusses why she has focused her interest on dog pounds in the rural south, why so many abandoned dogs are still being killed, and how fostering is absolutely crucial to saving dogs and how people interested in fostering can dip in their toes.



    Cara and her family have fostered nearly 150 dogs and puppies, plus two kittens, for Operation Paws for Homes, an all-breed rescue made up of a network of foster homes in Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, and south-central Pennsylvania. She is an author, blogger, and creative writing teacher who is passionate not just about saving dogs, but about organic gardening, writing fiction, and the mountains of Virginia. A successful novelist, Cara has written two non-fiction books about her experience fostering rescue animals and working with shelters all over the southern United States: Another Good Dog: One Family and Fifty Foster Dogs, and One Hundred Dogs and Counting: One Woman, A Thousand Miles, and a Journey into the Heart of Shelters and Rescues.



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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 610: How to Lobby for a Plant-Rich Future with Laura Reese

    Episode 610: How to Lobby for a Plant-Rich Future with Laura Reese

    Laura Reese, co-founder of Agriculture Fairness Alliance (AFA), joins the podcast this week for a riveting conversation about food and farm policy and how each of us potentially has the power to influence it. A former Silicon Valley engineer, Laura explains how she shifted from product planning to federal policy in hopes of helping farmers and policy makers advance a vegan future. She gives us a bird’s eye view of the current problems with American food policy and describes what is happening at the United States Department of Agriculture under President Biden. Laura also shares how she finds motivation and hope for the future even when there are so many hurdles between her and what AFA aims to accomplish.



    Laura Reese co-founded Agriculture Fairness Alliance in 2019 and now leads a team of volunteers lobbying for change in federal farm policy. She is an ex-Silicon Valley engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California in biomedical and electrical engineering. Prior to 2019, the bulk of Laura’s career was spent in semiconductor product planning, culminating in her publishing a book about co-planning with customers called "Align: Get Your Team on the Same Page, Discover Clients’ Needs, Develop Better Products."



    View the full show description and resources here: https://www.ourhenhouse.org/2021/09/ep610/



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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 609: Animal Activism: The Next Generation w/ Genesis and Genelle Butler

    Episode 609: Animal Activism: The Next Generation w/ Genesis and Genelle Butler

    Our Hen House couldn’t be more excited to welcome youth activist Genesis Butler back to the podcast, this time joined by her powerhouse mom, Genelle Butler! In this awe-inspiring conversation, Genesis and Genelle share how the cruel reality behind chicken nuggets encouraged the 14-year old activist to stop eating meat at only three years of age. Genelle also shares how her daughter’s curiosity about breastfeeding and cow’s milk ultimately encouraged Genesis and her family to go vegan. A passionate animal rights activist, Genesis shares why she founded Genesis for Animals and Youth Climate Save, and Genelle tells us the importance of honoring kids’ questions and their innate desire to do good.



    Genesis Butler is the founder of Genesis for Animals, a non-profit organization aiming to provide funding to sanctuaries and rescues who give animals a permanent home, and the youth environmental charity, Youth Climate Save. One of the youngest people ever to give a TEDx Talk, Genesis is an ethical vegan who has traveled the world advocating for animals and encouraging people to eat plant-based for animals and the planet.



    Genelle Butler is an activist, organizer, and mother of five vegan children. She went vegan after Genesis convinced her it was the right thing to do for the animals. Genelle is the co-director of Youth Climate Save, alongside Genesis. In addition, she is also a coordinator for the Animal Save Movement.



    View the full show description and resources here: https://www.ourhenhouse.org/2021/09/ep609/



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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 608: How to Love Animals in a Human-Shaped World w/ Henry Mance

    Episode 608: How to Love Animals in a Human-Shaped World w/ Henry Mance

    Our Hen House welcomes author Henry Mance to the podcast this week for an insightful conversation about his debut book, How to Love Animals In a Human-Shaped World. Henry tells us how his young daughters inspired him and his hopes for the impact his book will have on readers: to help them understand what it truly means to love animals and learn how we can demonstrate this in our everyday lives. He shares why he believes social media is changing the ways we treat animals, discusses how individual choices to eschew animal products make room for governments to act on a larger scale, and how zoos negatively warp children’s understanding of animals.



    Henry Mance is the chief features writer for the Financial Times, where he focuses on long-form pieces. He was named interviewer of the year at the 2017 British Press Awards and frequently appears on BBC radio and TV news programs. His new book is a personal journey into our evolving relationships with animals and a thought-provoking look at how those bonds are being challenged and reformed across disciplines.



    View the full show description and resources here: https://www.ourhenhouse.org/2021/09/ep608/



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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 607: The Politics of Meat ft. Jan Dutkiewicz

    Episode 607: The Politics of Meat ft. Jan Dutkiewicz

    Political economist Jan Dutkiewicz, PhD, joins the podcast for a fascinating conversation about the ethical, political, legal, social, and environmental intersections of meat consumption. A policy fellow at Harvard Law and a postdoctoral fellow at the Swiss National Science Foundation, Jan shares his thoughts on something we have all wondered about -- why does mainstream media fail to cover animal agriculture’s contributions to worsening climate change? He also discusses strategies for reforming factory farming, explains why politicians may be weary of discussing the detrimental effects of eating animal flesh, and shares his views on the future of cultured meat.



    Jan is a political economist whose research examines the design, production, circulation, and consumption of everyday commodities, with a primary focus on meat and other food products.  He has published articles and books on topics related to agriculture and food politics, corporate social responsibility, biodiversity, environmental politics, and the theory and practice of animal ethics. Most recently, Jan has turned his attention to the emergence of cellular agriculture and its potential to transform the global food landscape.



    View the full show description and resources here: https://www.ourhenhouse.org/2021/08/ep607/



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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 606: If the Law Took Animals Seriously, ft. Dr. John Adenitire

    Episode 606: If the Law Took Animals Seriously, ft. Dr. John Adenitire

    John Adenitire, PhD, joins the podcast this week for a truly fascinating episode about the philosophical underpinnings of animal law. A lawyer and a lecturer in the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London, John explains the differences between legal and moral philosophy, outlines the substantive theory of animal rights, and underscores why the rule of law is relevant, and crucial, to the lives of nonhuman animals. He also explores the role of animal welfare laws under current theories of philosophy of law and shares why those theories fail to protect the sentient beings who desperately need legal protection.



    John Adenitire, who was born in Nigeria and grew up in Italy, is now a Strategic Lecturer in the School of Law at Queen Mary University London and a Fellow of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences. He completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law, Fitzwilliam College. He has taught and researched at Cambridge, Durham, Birmingham, the UCL Constitution Unit, the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, and the UK Commission on a Bill of Rights.



    View the full show description and resources here: https://www.ourhenhouse.org/2021/08/ep606/



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    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
471 Ratings

471 Ratings

Stargirlearthlover ,

Amazing and unique!

I’ve been looking for a new podcast to binge listen to for awhile. As a long time animal lover and vegan for a few years I feel like I’ve learned a lot about this topic. Looking for new vegan content after voraciously learning about animal rights for a decade I was so surprised and delighted to find a podcast with more than 600 episodes on many different topics of veganism I’ve never even heard about! I love these long episodes that never fail to entertain and make me think.

ken swensen ,

smart, spontaneous, entertaining

Just listened to a few older podcasts, catching up, and thought (for the 10th time) you two are really good at this! The way you both turn interviews into conversations, while still keeping the focus on the guest and their insights. Smart, spontaneous, entertaining and emotionally engaged. Well done! Thank you!

gshahevdhhcbddhsjjjd ,

Engaging and Uplifting

Our Hen House is a must-listen for anyone interested in the animal rights movement or curious about veganism. Jasmin and Mariann are thoughtful, funny, and skilled at discussing animal welfare-related issues in ways that always leave me feeling more engaged and actually hopeful about the state of the movement and the world at large. Guests are diverse and inspiring and reflect the interconnectedness of human and nonhuman rights and justice. Thanks to all involved for this reliable balm of sanity and grace🙏💚

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