Viewing: Interviews

Doing Time with Activist Jan Smitowicz

By on June 17, 2017

Author and activist Jan Smitowicz’s memoir Rebel Hell: Disabled Vegan Goes to Prison exposes the corruption and idiosyncrasy of the American justice system.

Welcome to the Vegan Club

By on January 3, 2017

Constantin Philippou is a self-taught vegan street artist better known as “Le Fou” (#L3Fu) – “the crazy” in French. Born in Greece, raised in Paris, and currently living in Los Angeles, he has spent his life so far experiencing and being influenced by different cultures and artistic works. After discovering the living conditions of animals in factory farms, the theme of his work has become mixing famous icons with vegan messages through pop art, combining his passion for animals and justice. Currently in Los Angeles, his now-iconic “Vegan Club” posters sport portraits of well-known figures.

Jasmin Singer: Always Too Much and Often the Exact Right Amount

By on March 14, 2016

  Our Hen House is one of our favorite resources for activists and vegans. Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan are multimedia queens, with a weekly podcast (more than 320 weeks without a break), plus single-issue podcasts on vegan cooking and

“In the pit of my stomach, I’ve come to realize, the moment of betrayal is far worse for the humanely raised individual than those raised on a factory farm”

By on October 6, 2015

Six-time Emmy winner Allison Argo has made animal- and nature-themed films (including Parrot Confidential) for more than 20 years, for PBS, National Geographic, and other broadcast outlets. Her work has won more than 100 awards internationally, and exposed worldwide audiences

Meet Mr. Universe, Vegan Barny du Plessis

By on August 23, 2015

Barny Du Plessis, reigning Mr. Universe, calls himself “a vegan warrior fighting for the animals and our planet.” He’s been a competitive bodybuilder since 1998, and holds a number of other championships and first-place wins in the last 15 years. After 55 competitions, Barny says he’s performing better than ever as a vegan.

Vegamusicomic Jamie Kilstein: “If we weren’t changing minds I would be pretty sad”

By on August 10, 2015

Comedian and animal activist Jamie Kilstein, who recently killed at the closing night of FARM’s Animal Rights National Conference, is the co-host of Citizen Radio, a political podcast spiked with humor, and co-author of #NEWSFAIL: Climate Change, Feminism, Gun Control, and Other Fun Stuff We Talk About Because Nobody Else Will (Simon and Schuster, 2014) with co-host and co-author Allison Kilkenny, a writer for The Guardian and The Nation.

Street Smarts: Vegan Street’s Marla Rose and John Beske

By on February 24, 2015

Over yonder on our resource page, we said, “If you lived on Vegan Street, you’d want to live next door to Marla and John.” Marla Rose and John Beske are a powerhouse couple in animal rights. Marla is an author

Animal Rights, Films, and Food: Going for the Trifecta with the Animal Film Festival

By on November 14, 2014

Most people are aware that when we’re not keeping up the blog, we’re working in our PR agency that primarily serves animal rights nonprofits/campaigns, documentary films, and vegan foods. Imagine our enthusiasm when the organizers of the Animal Film Festival

Direct Action for Joy: Sharon Gannon, Ahimsa, Animals, and Caesar Salad

By on October 20, 2014

Aside from literally writing the book on yoga and animal rights (Yoga and Vegetarianism), building the Jivamukti school worldwide, and running a popular vegan café in New York City, Sharon has just released Simple Recipes for Joy: More Than 200 Delicious Vegan Recipes, a beautiful book of foods from the almost-eponymous Jivamuktea, and her own home kitchen.

Leilani Munter: race car driver, vegan, environmental activist

By on September 28, 2014

Leilani Munter is a race car driver, environmental activist, vegan and animal rights activist. Leilani uses her sport and platform to advocate for both animals and the environment. At the ARCA Racing Series event, she raced in a car designed to look like the orca whale Tilikum, featured in the documentary film Blackfish, and make a statement about Sea World and other animal abusement parks.

Undercover Investigator TJ Tumasse: “It is the responsibility of the consumer to know that they are directly supporting this suffering”

By on September 17, 2014

TJ Tumasse spent more than six years working as an undercover investigator inside many of the nation’s largest factory farms, local shelters, and roadside zoos for Mercy For Animals and other organizations. His cases exposed the ugly truth about what continues to happen behind closed doors, and led to groundbreaking criminal convictions for felony abuse to factory farm animals as well as corporate, local, and federal policy changes.