Kathy Stevens, Catskill Animal Sanctuary; & Travel Tips and Recommendations for Compassionate Eating: Portland (Part 3)

Here’s this week’s show!

Have you yet seen the Youtube video that went viral this past week (with over 1.7 million views to date!) of little Luiz Antonio from Brazil having a conversation with his mother about eating animals, and coming to the realization that animals are living beings who he doesn’t want to eat? It’s an incredible and hugely touching video that demonstrates the capacity for small children to make the connection between animals and the food they eat. We discuss this topic on the show, and here is the video for you to watch!:

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(if this link is broken (video has been taken down), just do a search on YouTube.com for “Luiz Antonio octopus english” to find another version)

Travel Tips and Recommendations for Compassionate Eating: Portland (Part 3)

Hot Fudge Sundae at Portobello Vegan Trattoria

Alison was fortunate enough to be able to once again visit the vegan mecca that is called Portland, Oregon on her recent trip there for the Vida Vegan Bloggers Conference, and in this show, she continues her Travel Tips and Recommendations for Compassionate Eating segment series by revisiting cruelty-free recommendations for Portland, because there are just so many new options to try out there all the time!

In this segment, the Portland eateries covered include:

Kathy Stevens, Catskill Animal Sanctuary

Our feature interview is with Kathy Stevens, the founder and Director of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary in Saugerties, New York. It is one of the country’s leading havens for farm animals and a center for raising public awareness of their sentience and their suffering. Kathy is the author of two critically and popularly-acclaimed books, “Where the Blind Horse Sings” and “Animal Camp: Reflections on a Decade of Love, Hope, and Veganism at Catskill Animal Sanctuary”.

More than 2,500 animals have lived out their lives at CAS, and the souls of countless humans have been forever changed through their experiences with these beautiful creatures. “Animal Camp” highlights CAS inhabitants such as the trio of Franklin the hypersensitive pig, Tucker the steer who thinks he’s a puppy, and Hope the horse with low self-esteem. “Animal Camp” is far more than the heartwarming and provocative stories of the CAS residents, however. Kathy also uses her authorial clarity and courage to delve into the ethics of factory farming, and makes a cogent, moral argument for going vegan. “Animal Camp” is a guide to understanding the many arguments for going cruelty free, especially the one most often overlooked: the animals themselves. It includes a comprehensive resource section for those eager to begin or to hasten their journey.

In this interview, Kathy tell us all about Catskill Animal Sanctuary and some of the stories that you may read about in the book.

Here’s a cute little video promoting the book, in which you get to meet some of the sanctuary residents!

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