Interview with Lee Hall, plus book give-away!

The From A to Vegan crew went to the CARE Veggie Fest last June in West Chester, PA, where we had the opportunity to talk to Lee Hall, CARE’s Vice President. She is also the VP of Legal Affairs for Friends of Animals. We’ve known Lee for a while now and she is a all-around great person.

Lee Hall takes a holistic approach to animal rights, where we have to look beyond simply making isolated choices and consider the greater picture: for example, expanding pasture to provide more space for cows, while not really making the cows’ lives that much better, would also steal habitat from the free-living animals that live outside those fences, negatively affecting them. That means we cannot simply look for improvements on the cows’ well-being without considering their effect on other animal populations. We need to find better solutions — like actually eliminating the demand for cattle.

Her book, “On Their Own Terms“, leads the readers into an exploration of that approach and invites them to challenge the established notion of human domination over animals. It’s a very thought-provoking book that will definitely make you more aware of the ramifications of our choices regarding animal rights and welfare.

Lee has also published a vegan recipes book, “Dining with Friends“, which is a good introduction to vegan cooking, providing tons of easy-to-make (and great tasting) recipes, like the baba ghanoush pictured below. It’s a great book for both new and experienced cooks that want to try vegan recipes.

Made without any appliances, only a fork. Can’t beat that.

We also interviewed Harold Brown at the same event and met our friend Lee Khatchadourian-Reese, from The Vegan Version (she posted a nice review of the CARE Veggie Fest on her blog).

Book Give-away

We’re giving away one copy of Lee Hall’s “On Their Own Terms” to our readers!

To enter for a chance to win*, leave a comment below telling us a little about what you think about animal rights.


The winner will be randomly selected on Friday, October 5th at 6:00pm EST. We’ll contact the winner to ask for shipping information, so make sure to provide us with a valid e-mail address. US residents only, please. It’s now Friday, 6pm. The comments are now closed, die rolling…

And the winner is… Abby Bean! Thanks everybody who commented, if you’re still interested in reading Lee Hall’s book, which I recommend, please consider buying it.

Disclosure: the post author received a copy of On Their Own Terms to review.

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About Mauro

Mauro has been many things: a software developer, a comic book and boardgame store owner, a software developer again, and now he is a farrier by day and web developer by night. He has been a vegetarian since 1993 and a vegan since 2010.

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