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"Our Hen House produces resources that you can use in order to find your own way to change the world for animals. Using video, audio, interviews, reviews, and the written word, it provides daily updates on what you need to create change. Changemakers come in all shapes and sizes -- artists, grassroots activists, academics, lawyers, students, business moguls, media darlings, etc. No matter what your niche is, Our Hen House aims to give you what you need to be part of a new world for animals." - Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan, the hens of Our Hen House

Our Hen House also has a Podcast and a TV Show.

  • For the Love of Otis: Owning Your Journey and Fueling the Fire for Change
    Laura Handzel is certainly not the only kid to have their first “go-vegan” spark of inspiration from their local 4-H club, and will most likely not be the last. That’s why we’re excited to re-publish her article today for #ThrowbackThursday! This […] (...more)
    16 Jun 2016 at 4:00am       

  • Schadenfreude, Defensiveness, and Those Who Rebel
    Using social psychology research as a tool to change the world for animals is becoming increasingly common, and we’re excited to have published Helen Kinsel‘s example of such use before it was gaining widespread attention. So here it is again on […] (...more)
    19 May 2016 at 4:00am       

  • Getting Over My Nerves Long Enough to Participate In My First Protest
    Whether you’re a newbie vegan or seasoned animal advocate, it’s always a great idea to expand your repertoire of activism. In this #ThrowbackThursday article, Alison Mercer shares how she did just that by participating in her first protest. This article’s originally appeared […] (...more)
    21 Apr 2016 at 4:00am       

  • Making Vegan Friends
    Here at Our Hen House, one of the things that we pride ourselves on is providing a supportive community base for vegans to strengthen their commitment to changing the world for animals. Today’s #ThrowbackThursday post from Nicole Feuerstein highlights the importance […] (...more)
    31 Mar 2016 at 4:00am       

  • Does Your Smile Mean the Same as Mine? Thoughts from the Bottom of the World
    Back in February we re-featured the first installment of Eliza Muirhead‘s stories from aboard the Sea Shepherd’s Steve Irwin, and today we’re thrilled to once again bring you the second for #ThrowbackThursday. This article’s originally appeared on Our Hen House on […] (...more)
    17 Mar 2016 at 4:00am       

  • They Call Us Pigs
    by Anonymous  A 2-legs throws mush on the hardness next to us. We don’t like the mush, but the boredom is painful and eating is something we can do. It is the only thing we can do. And so we […] (...more)
    7 Mar 2016 at 4:01am       

  • Why Fish? Speaking Up for Earth’s Aquatic Residents
    Even as veganism makes its way further and further into the mainstream, fish are still seen as vegetables and eaten by self-proclaimed vegetarians. That’s why the work of Mary Finelli continues to be so important, and why we’re highlighting her past […] (...more)
    3 Mar 2016 at 4:00am       

  • More Art of the Interview by Caryn Ginsberg (Inspired by Mahi Klosterhalfen)
    Our Hen House said: “Yes, please!” to Caryn Ginsberg’s kind offer to make more visual maps of Our Hen House interviews. She produced this one for Mahi Klosterhalfen‘s interview on Episode 239 from August 9, 2014! Her graphic summarizes and organizes the […] (...more)
    23 Feb 2016 at 4:01am       

  • “You’re Lucky to Love What You Do”: My Journeys On and Off the Sea Shepherd’s Steve Irwin
    We’ve had the immense pleasure of highlighting a number of Sea Shepherd activists over the years here at OHH — most recently we published a recipe from Raffaella Tolicetti’s vegan cookbook Think! Act! Eat! A Sea Shepherd Chef’s Vegan Recipes — and […] (...more)
    18 Feb 2016 at 4:00am       

  • Art of the Interview by Caryn Ginsberg
    At Our Hen House, we love art, artists, and activists of all kinds. I was so moved when artist and activist Caryn Ginsberg presented me with her wonderful and colorful summary of a book talk I recently gave in Washington, DC, at […] (...more)
    15 Feb 2016 at 4:02am       

  • To the Dog I Didn’t Adopt
    We at Our Hen House are always ecstatic when one of the Vegan Mos stops by, whether on one of our podcasts, the TV show, or the online magazine. Today, one half of the Mos — Dr. Ethan Ciment — joins us once […] (...more)
    8 Feb 2016 at 8:01am       

  • College Animal Rights Groups: Finding a Voice and Building Community
    Colleges and universities continue to serve as hubs of animal activism, no doubt thanks to the incredible work and diligence of students like Azucena Lucatero, the author of today’s #ThrowbackThursday. This article’s originally appeared on Our Hen House on November 4, […] (...more)
    4 Feb 2016 at 4:00am       

  • From Welfare to Well-Being: How Growing Up Poor Shaped My Vegan Activism
    On today’s #ThrowbackThursday we’re featuring a continually profound and relevant article from power vegan activist Justin Van Kleeck, who since the article’s original publication has been at the forefront of the microsanctuary movement with the Triangle Chance for All microsanctuary in North […] (...more)
    21 Jan 2016 at 4:00am       

  • Eating Vegan Food On a Low Fiber Diet
    For many of us, eating foods that are rich in fiber is an important part of our path to good health – but what about when one is prescribed a low fiber or “low residue” diet? Today, Our Hen House […] (...more)
    11 Jan 2016 at 4:01am       

  • Fighting Science with Science: The End of Vivisection
    Two years later and the scientific arguments against vivisection are still as strong as ever! Brush up on your anti-animal testing knowledge with Dr. Theodora Capaldo on today’s #ThrowbackThursday. This article’s originally appeared on Our Hen House on October 22, 2013. If […] (...more)
    7 Jan 2016 at 4:00am       

  • Book Review: “The End of Captivity? A Primate’s Reflections on Zoos, Conservation, and Christian Ethics” by Tripp York
    A previous contributor to Our Hen House on the intersections of food and faith, the Reverend Lauren Lisa Ng lends her voice to the ever-changing discourse regarding animals in captivity via a review of Tripp York’s recent book, The End […] (...more)
    21 Dec 2015 at 4:01am       

  • Imagining Other Worlds: Science Fiction and Animal Ethics
    How does the world of science fiction have the potential to drastically alter human perceptions of non-human animals? Vegan digital media freelancer Ian McDonald shares his views on today’s edition of #ThrowbackThursday! This article’s originally appeared on Our Hen House on September […] (...more)
    10 Dec 2015 at 4:00am       

  • My Name is Liz Dee, and I’m an OHHolic
    Today, OHH board member and supporter, Liz Dee, explains why – when it comes to media that changes the world for animals – she can’t get enough. *** My Name is Liz Dee, and I’m an OHHolic by Liz Dee […] (...more)
    3 Dec 2015 at 4:01am       

  • Using Empathy to Overcome Personal Suffering
    On this edition of Throwback Thursday (which just so happens to concide with Thanksgiving, so have yourself a fabulous turkey-friendly meal!), we feature the story of one of our very favorite Vegan Mos — none other than Ethan Ciment — as […] (...more)
    26 Nov 2015 at 4:00am       

  • Pablo’s Legacy: Violence and Animal Rights in Times of War
    It’d take more than two decades before Fernando Cuenca, who lived his formative years during the worst decade of the war on drugs in Colombia, would understand the emotional effects of the bloodshed that surrounded him. Today he shares an […] (...more)
    2 Nov 2015 at 4:01am       

  • Announcing the Winners of the Lisa Shapiro Award for Unsung Vegan Heroes!
    Our Hen House is honored to once again serve as media partner to The Pollination Project’s Lisa Shapiro Award for Unsung Vegan Heroes. Ten winners were chosen this year for the awards in memory of the amazing activist Lisa Shapiro, […] (...more)
    1 Oct 2015 at 3:00am       

  • My Trip to a Local Dairy Farm: Shall We Call This Humane?
    Local meat and dairy is often praised as the antidote to modern factory farming practices – but is it true? Today, Our Hen House is excited to welcome animal advocate and Yoga International associate editor Kathryn Ashworth. In her moving essay below, Kathryn explores […] (...more)
    22 Sep 2015 at 4:01am       

  • Book Review: The Cats on My Block by Valerie Sicignano, Illustrated by Jane Sayre Denny
    If you love cats as much as we love cats (and something tells us that you do), then you’ll want to hear all about Katrina Donovan Fleming’s take on the book The Cats on My Block by Valerie Sicignano, illustrated by […] (...more)
    8 Sep 2015 at 3:04am       

  • Peanut Butter for Vegan Advocacy (BONUS RECIPE: Curry Peanut Butter)
    Peanut butter: the ultimate timeless food. Whether it’s #ThrowbackThursday, a holiday, or basically any old day of the week, you’re sure to find us Hens with a spoonful of PB in our mouths. And thanks to Ginny Messina and JL Fields, we know exactly […] (...more)
    3 Sep 2015 at 3:00am       

  • Main Street Vegan Academy is Coming Up, and You Want to Go
    Hi everyone – Jasmin here. About one day per season for the past few years, I’ve had on my calendar: ‘Teach at Main Street Vegan Academy.’ This is a small, elite, and downright magical program developed by author and 30-year (!) […] (...more)
    25 Aug 2015 at 3:29pm       

  • Book Review: “Green Is the New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege” by Will Potter
    Sadly, the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) and other forms of governmental targeting of animal rights and environmental activists still provide significant barriers to our movements, but today there’s more activism than ever aimed at stopping them! Get an important […] (...more)
    20 Aug 2015 at 3:00am       

  • Book Review: A Boy and A Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz, Illustrated by Catia Chien
    Today we’re excited to welcome back reviewer extraordinaire Katrina Donovan Fleming to get her take on a poignant picture book by Alan Rabinowitz, all about finding one’s own voice and amplifying the voices of those around you who have less […] (...more)
    11 Aug 2015 at 3:01am       

  • 3 Ways a 92-Year-Old Nun and Her Cat Taught Me To Live Every Day to the Fullest
    Today we are excited to welcome to Our Hen House vegan author and artist John Schlimm. John recently published his memoir Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship That Answered Life’s Greatest Questions, and was generous enough to offer us the essay below, inspired […] (...more)
    27 Jul 2015 at 3:01am       

  • New York Blood Center Abandons Chimpanzee Colony in Liberia
    In March 2015, the New York Blood Center (NYBC) abandoned the 66 chimps in Liberia, Africa for whom, after years of exploiting them in medical testing, they had promised to provide lifetime care. A number of groups and individuals were […] (...more)
    14 Jul 2015 at 4:01am       

  • Announcing The Lisa Shapiro Award for Unsung Vegan Heroes
    We at Our Hen House are delighted to again serve as media partner to The Pollination Project, to bring you their Unsung Vegan Heroes program. We are honored to be a part of these awards, renamed this year in memory of the amazing activist Lisa Shapiro, […] (...more)
    2 Jul 2015 at 3:00am       

  • Book Review: “Most Good, Least Harm” by Zoe Weil
    If you were awestruck at the visionary work of Zoe Weil while watching Episode 30 of the Our Hen House TV show back in March, then you’ll want to be sure to check out Lisa Rimmert’s review of her book Most […] (...more)
    25 Jun 2015 at 3:00am       

  • Book Review: “The Dogs Were Rescued (and So Was I)” by Teresa Rhyne
    “I was falling down a rabbit hole, and it seemed the rabbits were being harmed.” The Dogs Were Rescued (and So Was I) (Sourcebooks, 2014). Teresa Rhyne shares how personal heartbreak led her to animal rights activism. Kevin Schneider reviews. […] (...more)
    16 Jun 2015 at 3:00am       

  • Film Analysis: “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
    The Planet of the Apes film series has certainly gotten its fair share of coverage here on Our Hen House (did you listen to Noah Gittell’s podcast interview or watch him on the TV show?), and for good reason! Remind yourself […] (...more)
    11 Jun 2015 at 3:00am       

  • Why Flock? (Plus a Flock Only Giveaway of “Beneath the Surface” by John Hargrove)
    If you’ve ever wondered what the Our Hen House Flock is all about, wonder no more! Read on. Already in the Flock? Read anyway — and be sure to enter below to win a copy of Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, […] (...more)
    5 Jun 2015 at 3:00am       

  • Book Review: “Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish” by John Hargrove
    “While the relationship between trainer and whale can be beautiful, the overall situation—that of captivity—makes the orcas dysfunctional and dangerous.” Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Former SeaWorld trainer John Hargrove gives […] (...more)
    2 Jun 2015 at 3:00am       

  • Our Hen House Talks to Josh Hooten
    Waaaaay back in 2010 we featured this interview with Josh Hooten of the Herbivore Clothing Company; five years later and that man is still going strong (with more clever t-shirts than ever), along with his powerhouse activist of a wife […] (...more)
    14 May 2015 at 3:00am       

  • Flock Only! Art Therapy and Temple Grandin: At the Crossroads (PLUS: A Giveaway of Cards from Two Trick Pony!)
    If you missed us squawking about the amazing article below on Episode 275 of the Our Hen House podcast (or if you didnt’!) then you definitely need to read Lee Ann Thill‘s full piece on the American Art Therapy Association’s decision to […] (...more)
    8 May 2015 at 4:01am       

  • Book Review: “Bones & All” by Camille DeAngelis
    Today, we are delighted to welcome writer, do-gooder, and animal advocate Paula Burke to Our Hen House to give us her take on the new novel, Bones & All, by Camille DeAngelis. *** Book Review: Bones & All by Camille […] (...more)
    5 May 2015 at 4:01am       

  • Animals as the Victims of Militarism: “In wars, not of their making” (-Linda Bodicoat)
    War certainly claims a multiplicity of lives, and has a sinister habit of rendering invisible those deaths. In this Throwback Thursday article, U.K.-based activist Kirsten Bayes sheds light on one group commonly forgotten as the victims of war: non-human animals exploited to […] (...more)
    30 Apr 2015 at 3:00am       

  • The Question: “How Vegan?” — Revisited by Matt Ball
    Matt Ball has written countless essays in the past 20+ years (and OHH’s Anne Green has had the pleasure of editing all of them, in fact). “How Vegan?” was originally published in 1998 — perhaps before you could even properly pronounce the word […] (...more)
    7 Apr 2015 at 4:01am       

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