We're vegan, we're freaky, and we have a podcast. The Vegan Freaks come at you with advice on going vegan, being vegan, and staying vegan, as well as thoughts on animal liberation, animal rights, and
getting along with the rest of the world.
VFR has been on a hiatus since mid 2009, which increasingly appears may be permanent but perhaps someday Bob and Jenna will return or even a 'Hello World' would be a welcomed tweet. Without any notice or explanation, in mid 2009 they stopped podcasting, tweeting, and facebooking and updating their vegan freak websites. The Internet dissapearance occured right before they put out the 2nd edition of their Vegan Freak book. They continued to renew their hosting and domains for the next couple years, but then the site went down mid Oct 2011 and in 2012 they let veganfreak.com expire which is now
owned by a domain speculator. Veganfreakradio.com and their Tofu Hound domains were renewed for another year in Jan 2012 and is still registered to Bob.
What's so confusing to many is that they didn't fizzle out or announce the leave, rather, abruptly they walked away from a loyal and active fan base which surely would have only grown with the trending rise in veganism.
So what happened to the Vegan Freaks? Were they euthanized by Peta? Wacked by the meat industry? Or did they reach level 10 veganism and teleport to planet Vega? Well, in addition to them renewing their domains and hosting, some proof of life is
Bob's bobtorres.posterous.com page which has some photo posts, last one from March 2011. Some have suggested maybe they broke up after the move to Philly, but the #1 search
result for Bob Torres is his website, BobTorres.net (still online as of June 2012), with a photo of him and Jenna. I would think that he'd take that down if they'd split, but who knows...
My best guess is they simply got sick of running the Vegan Freak and Tofu Hound Press endevours. In one episode they broke down just how much work and energy goes into podcasting and
running the sites. In another episode they said they would eventually stop podcasting someday and possibly even activism as well but would never stop being vegan.
They had been taking an increasing number of haituses, recently moved and changed jobs, and probably just started a new chapter in their life with
little interest in maintaining their online presence. The time and effort obviously did not come easy after the move and it likely wasn't bringing in a ton of money.
Like for so many passion projects, abandoning them completely becomes the default when those persuing them are no longer in a position to give it their full energy and time.
Having kept the sites online for a time, likely paying hosting costs, it seemed they had plans to return at some point and who knows may still? Hopefully they will resurface in the future!
It's a shame the episodes are no longer available, please Bob and Jenna, if you're out there, email me and I'll happily host the mp3 files and a feed.