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All Things Vegan ~ Show Notes ~ Aug 13, 2013 ~ Jake Conroy of the SHAC 7 reflects on prison and activism, plus we talk with lauren Ornelas about the Food Empowerment Project

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Jake Conroy of the SHAC 7 reflects on prison and activism, plus we talk with lauren Ornelas about the Food Empowerment Project

Jake Conroy

Jake Conroy

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to spend time in prison when you felt completely innocent of any crime? Our guest in this episode, Jake Conroy, found himself in exactly that situation. He was convicted under the controversial Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act as part of the SHAC 7, and spent 3 years in federal prison. We spoke with Jake at the Resistance Ecology Conference at Portland State University.

SHAC stands for Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, and refers to Huntingdon Life Sciences Lab, which tests products on animals and kills 500 animals a day, including dogs, cats, monkeys, and rabbits.

Jake and the other activists operated a website that reported on and expressed ideological support for protest activity against Huntingdon and its business affiliates. HLS has been exposed in five undercover investigations revealing vicious animal cruelty and sloppy, fraudulent science. Among other atrocities, workers were exposed punching 4-month old beagle puppies in the face and dissecting a live monkey, as well as falsifying scientific data.

This is the second of two interviews with members of the SHAC 7. Our first interview was with Josh Harper.

Resources: Plant Based on a Budget, Rainforest Action Network.


lauren Ornelas

lauren Ornelas

At the Resistance Ecology Conference, we also talked with lauren Ornelas, founder and Executive Director of the Food Empowerment Project. The Food Empowerment Project encourages compassionate and healthy food choices by spotlighting the abuse of animals on farms, the depletion of natural resources, unfair working conditions for farm and slaughterhouse workers, and the unavailability of healthy foods in communities of color and low-income areas. They even have a “Chocolate List” app, which analyzes companies that make vegan products containing chocolate, to find out if they source their chocolate from areas of the world where slavery can still be found.

Resources: Food Empowerment Project, Vegan Mexican Food.


In addition to our feature interviews, we let you know what college students from Santiago, Chile did to foster positive reactions between the public and street dogs, and tell you why doctors at two New York City hospitals are distributing coupons for fruits and veggies.

And, of course, we highlight other News from the Vegan Frontier, let you know about vegan related happenings in and around Central Oregon, and more!


News from the Vegan Frontier:

  • 37 million bees dead in Canada
  • 5 ways to help our disappearing bees
  • Cosmetic lawn pesticide use outlawed in Takoma Park, MD, First local ban of its type in U.S. (Safe Grow Act 2013)
  • NYC Doctors Are Now Prescribing Fruits And Veggies
  • Shark Fin Sales Ban To Start In New York In Summer 2014
  • SeaWorld Under Fire After Recording Of Pilot Whale Struggling To Get Into Water Surfaces
  • Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity
  • “Can We See Our Hypocrisy to Animals?” by Nicholas Kristof
  • Sentience Mosaic
  • “Estoy Aqui” (I Am Here), street dog project in Chile
  • Lost Dogs Film
  • Michael Franti
News around Town:

VegNet Bend will hold their monthly potluck at 6p, August 28, at The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas in Bend. Bring a vegan dish to share and your recipe or list of ingredients. For more information about this event, see VegNet Bend Group on Facebook or email .

Help protest the Ringling Brothers show in September: Boycott Circus Cruelty in Central Oregon



Paul Seymour

Paul Seymour

Theme song and musical clips are courtesy of Paul Seymour. To learn more about New Zealand / Australia based Paul or his music, please visit paulseymour.com.au.

Paul has new music he’d love you to listen at YouTube, Amazon.com, or iTunes.




All Things Vegan airs on KPOV, Bend Community Radio.

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