Listen to the May 12, 2011 show (or download the archive):
We caught up with Phil Letten, of Mercy for Animals, during the Farm to Fridge Tour, which cover 12,000 miles. The tour stops in major cities in a multi-media truck with 80″ tv monitors to show the 12 minute video, Farm to Fridge, and to talk with people about why they should boycott the cruelty of eating meat. According to Phil, major national polls have shown that well over 90% of Americans are opposed to cruelty to animals, including farmed animals, “It’s a matter of awareness and people understanding that when we eat meat we are supporting cruelty to animals.”
Did you know that 10 non-target species are trapped for every targeted species? Most of these animals are maimed or fatally wounded. Documentary filmmaker Vanessa Schulz shares this and other disturbing facts with us about the trapping industry. We discuss the government agency, Wildlife Services (formerly Animal Damage Control), an agency with the primary purpose of killing 4 million wild animals a year with taxpayer dollars on public lands. Vanessa also gives us an update on her film in progress, “Lost Dogs,” which uncovers the epidemic problem of Chile’s homeless pet population and explores the extraordinary lives of street dogs and the activists who risk everything they have to protect the dogs. In this episode, we air Part 1 of our interview with Vanessa. Part 2 will air June 14.
After attending film school in South Africa, Vanessa immigrated to the United States and began working as producer and cameraman for NBC, Fox, National Geographic and Discovery Channel. She was Assistant Producer on Discovery’s two-time Emmy award-winning “Wolves at our Door.” Frustrated with mainstream media’s reluctance to air contentious and truthful subject matter, Vanessa created the non-profit 21st Paradigm.
In addition to 24 official film festival selections, Vanessa is the recipient of twelve awards, including Best of Festival and Best Documentary awards. Her most successful film, “Cost of Freedom,” is an exposé about wolf reintroduction and the gross exploitation of wildlife by powerful right-wing political factions.
Her films and related campaigns, in particular “Cull of the Wild: The Truth behind Trapping,” have made significant contributions in the legal struggle to protect animals. With “Lost Dogs,” her fifth independent film, Vanessa continues to give voice to the animals she seeks to protect.
Dick Gregory, comedian, civil rights activist, animal advocate, and author.
Vegan Bite, recipe of the month:
This month, instead of a recipe, we discussed some of our favorite vegan food substitutions. Some helpful resources (or search the web by “vegan food substitutions”):
- Vegetarian Resource Group
- Evolving Wellness
- Although we didn’t use this book to compile our recommendations, it is sure to be full of good ideas: The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions
Veg Out ‘N About (in Bend)
- Sarah’s Superfood Smoothies. For more information, call 541-815-6506
- Gotta B Gluten Free: 215 N.W. Hill St., 541-383-4494.
News from the Vegan Frontier
- Followup on Steve Wynn
- Bid to criminalize undercover factory farming investigations fails in Florida
- E6 undercover video
- Alabama’s chicken industry wiped out (temporarily) with tornadoes
- Forks Over Knives movie. And the Dr. Oz clips.
- The Quiet Death of Free Speech
- Green Is The New Red
News around Town:
VegNet Bend monthly potluck,6p, May 25, The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, Bend. Bring a vegan dish, your recipe, and a place setting. For more information, see VegNet Bend on Facebook or vegnetbend.org.
- Portland: May 30—11 a.m. and 8:45 p.m.
- Eugene: June 1—11 a.m. and 8:45 p.m.
Theme song and musical clips courtesy of Paul Seymour. To learn more about Paul or his music, please visit paulseymour.com.au.
All Things Vegan airs on KPOV, Bend Community Radio.
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