Sunday, December 6, 2009

UPDATE: Should we all be vegans-PART I?

The interviews, with Nathan Runkle and Nora Kramer, conducted in July, 2008 have been updated and were rebroadcast on December 9 on WPKN and are available as a podcast.

Nathan Runkle and Mercy for Animals
Overview in this end of year video report

Since we spoke last year, Nathan has much much more to be proud of: Through undercover investigations with hidden cameras, Mercy for Animals has released three new reports. The first about what is described as "shocking abuse" at New England's largest egg factory farm, Quality Egg of New England in Turner, Maine. The second tells of the "cruel and industrialized reality of modern hatcheries at the world's largest egg-laying breed hatchery", Hy-Line International in Spencer, Iowa. The third documents vicious cruelty at Fann Country View Family Farms, a pig factory farm in Fannettsburg, Pennsylvania.

MFA have also launched a new documentary called Fowl Play about egg factory farms which has been an official selection at more than a dozen film festivals and is available at I bought a copy and donated it to our local library.

MFA have also revamped their website, launched a new blog, launched ad campaigns in Denver, Toronto and New York and opened an office in New York City.

Nora Kramer and Youth Empowered Action

SInce we spoke with Nora, she has started Youth Empowered Action, vegan summer camps for kids in Northern California and Portland, OR, to support emerging young leaders who want to make a difference in the world. Their website

Link to VegGuide.Org to find a vegan or vegetarian restaurant or grocer near you.