Jenny Brown, founder of the lovely Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary and author of a new memoir, "The Lucky Ones" was the guest today, Monday August 6, on National Public Radio's "The Diane Rehm Show."
Jenny lost a leg to bone cancer at age 10 and talks about how the sense of helplessness with regard to what was happening to her body helped shape her compassion for the billions of helpless beings used for human food.
The interview is generally upbeat and positive. There is lots of fun stuff but Jenny also makes sure to explain why there is probably more suffering in an omelet or milkshake than a hamburger.
When the "happy meat" theme came up during the call-in period Jenny made clear that there is no such thing. I think it is vital that animal advocates make that point. I also think it vital that we see those questions about purchasing meat from better farms not as adversarial but as coming from a good place; then our responses can be to warmly coax people to learn more and keep questioning whether the choice to eat animals at all truly aligns with their love for animals.
You can listen to the interview on line at http://tinyurl.com/d3qhdub
Just click on "listen," right above Jenny Brown's name in the top left hand corner.
There's a sweet little video from the sanctuary on that page too.
And there's a lively discussion in the comments section, which I hope you will join.
Most importantly, please thank Diane Rehm for having Jenny Brown on as a guest. Positive feedback for animal friendly material encourages more of it. You can email the show at email@example.com
I send thanks to Larry Miller for making sure we knew about the interview.
Yours and the animals',
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Date: Mon Aug 6 19:39:35 2012