Alison is proud to be a member of the Animal Voices collective since November 2009, where she reunited with her radio broadcast roots to produce and co-host a show that speaks deeply to several of her passions: animal rights, veganism, education, and broadcast communications. Her evolution into developing her awareness of animal issues and compassion for all creatures started as a teenager, when she began asking questions and adopted a vegetarian lifestyle to live in harmony with her ethics. Always on a path of learning, she went vegan in 2006, and since 2011 has been exploring a high raw vegan lifestyle.
Alison enjoys participating in many facets of animal activism in her community, from attending demos to tabling for animal rights groups to social media advocacy. However, she is most committed to and focused on providing quality programming on the Animal Voices show each week, and continuing to educate herself on these issues so that she can have the most up-to-date and accurate information with which to educate others.
A few of the most influential books she has ever read to help pave this path are “Slaughterhouse” by Gail Eisnitz, “Diet for a New America” by John Robbins, and “The World Peace Diet” by Will Tuttle – all must-reads for every human being, in her opinion!
Jen has been a co-producer and host with Animal Voices Radio since 2015.
Her awakening to veganism was a result of attending a protest at the Vancouver Aquarium (as a meat-eater, wearing leather!), thinking she would “meet her people” at this event… failing to realize her obvious speciesism and hypocrisy. This event she attended led to many new friendships with passionate animal rights activists who showed her the ropes and pointed out changes she needed to make in order to be a true “animal lover”. It was a day that completely altered the direction of her life and has made her feel “rich in community, purpose and friendships”.
The more she learned about the commodification, exploitation and enslavement of animals, the more compelled she became to liberate them through public education campaigns, donating to animal sanctuaries, fundraising, and of course, interviewing leaders in this movement as a way of educating the public and inspiring others to join the fight to end speciesism. Jen spends a great deal of time rescuing animals in need and providing funding for veterinary care to those who may be struggling financially.