15 people in a Volkswagon

My mom always calls me her baby! Dad told me when he adopted me, that no one will ever hurt me again! Unfortunately, not all animals are treated this way.

I learned a new word from mom this week,


[spee-shee-ziz-uh m, -see-ziz-]


1. a belief of humans that all other species of animals are inferior and may therefore be used for human benefit without regard to the suffering inflicted.

This statement is so true when it comes to farm animals, or livestock as the animal agriculture business refers to them.

238394aa-3fe7-42cd-97b8-afc6bbea5418Mom told me a story about the time when she was about 16 and a bunch of her friends, about 15 of them all piled into a Volkswagen. This statement is so true when it comes to farm animals, or livestock as the animal agriculture business refers to them.

Now mom is not advocating this, she knows it was a stupid thing that her and her friends did, but sometimes teenagers do dumb things.

Mom said that she couldn’t move, she felt so cramped and claustrophobic! She couldn’t get out because her group of friends did something even more stupid, they drove two blocks to the beach!

Mom said it felt like that two blocks took forever!

Now imagine being in a car like that with a bunch of people, not able to move or get out, your entire existence. This is exactly what it is like on factory farms for egg laying chickens. They live their life in a small cage, with about 10 other chickens, unable to spread their wings or walk around. They don’t get to go out during the day and graze on insects and wild berries. They don’t see sunshine. They only feel metal crates, no green grass!

Now we are not judging people here for what they choose to eat, we are just trying to inform people so they can make better, healthier, and more humane choices.

I’m not going to tell you how old mom is, she would kill me. But she said when she was young, they never heard of salmonella. This is a bacteria that is prevalent on factory farms because of the mass amount of “Livestock” (we refer to them as animals or sentient beings), living in close quarters and in their own excrement.

Farm animals at one time actually did live on a farm, some still do today. In fact we have friends with backyard chickens, who get to run around in the grass, eat insects, take earth baths, spread their wings, have social relationships, and get to live their lives like chickens. Mom refers to them as “happy chickens!”

This week on the podcast, dad and I interview Paul Shapiro – Vice President, Farm Animal Protection – The Humane Society of the United States.

Paul has played an integral role in numerous successful legislative and corporate campaigns to improve the plight of farm animals. In his role at the Humane Society of the United States, he oversees efforts to pass state laws and corporate policies, along with working with lawmakers and major food retailers alike to implement animal welfare reforms in the agricultural industry.

During his visit with the boys, Paul discusses his work, his history as an animal advocate, some of the issues on the horizon for HSUS, and the topic of deceptive advertising of factory farm products.

Listen to the podcast, and find out how you can decipher labels on factory farm products so that you can make a healthier and more humane purchase.

Hope you enjoy this week’s podcast!


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