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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6 Responses to “Interview with Lee Hall, plus book give-away!”
  1. It was a great day and I love your post/interview. Thanks for the shout out, too! I feel very passionate about animal rights, when I went vegan in 2009 I truly felt like a huge weight I did not even know I was carrying around was lifted! Animals are not our possessions to use or exploit in any fashion. We need to peacefully coexist and respect their rights as sentient beings. I am so glad to have met both you and Lydia and look forward to our next meeting!

  2. Mary Nevins Costa says:

    I became a vegetarian in 1977, a long time ago. It was not fashionable and I was mocked because of it. As a child, I always knew I was different. When my mother made leg of lamb for instance, I wouldn’t eat it because I questioned, “If the lamb followed Mary home why would her mother take it’s leg and serve it with mint jelly,” I was always in trouble because of my “smart mouth”. When chicken was served I would show the wings to my mother and say, I’m not eating this it looks like someone’s elbow and I would snap it in half. I think I was 6 or 7 then. I was always being sent to the kitchen while everyone else ate in the dining room. My sister wanted me to play with her after dinner so she would come in the kitchen and finish up my food for me so I would be excused. To this day she blames me for having an eating disorder! I didn’t mean for this to sound funny, really I didn’t. I went to a health fair at Madison Square Garden in 1977 and went into a small tent where they were showing a film about slaughterhouses. I walked out of that tent and never ate meat again. As a child I also knew there was something wrong with the Circus, I would not go. As an adult my few visits to the race track were riddled with guilt just sitting there. I intuitively knew there was something wrong with the exploitation of animals for food, for entertainment or for sport. I knew that at such a young age. I was also heavily influenced by a Godmother who rescued animals. No matter where and no matter when. She lived up the street from us growing up and took us on all her adventures. I feel good about my life and how I’ve lived it, I didn’t do it because others were doing it, because it was cool or a fad or anything like that. I did it because I knew in my heart and soul that it was wrong. One thing I didn’t do was try to impose my way of living on others. I don’t have children but am proud my nieces and my nephew are all vegans. They told their mother at an early age, “Aunt Mary won’t eat anything with a face, so neither will we.” That didn’t make me popular in that house for some time until my sister realized they were serious. They had also heard the stories about me as a youngster and how I always got into trouble at the table. I’m glad they followed in my pawprints….not because I made them, but because they watched how I lived and they understood it to be a kinder, gentler way to be in the world. The way it was meant to be.

  3. Abby Bean says:

    Addressing animal rights and bringing the discussion to the forefront is imperative if we are to begin to undo all of the damage we have done to animals, the planet, and ourselves. Veganism is the most critical step you can take in that direction.

  4. Anni Poppen says:

    For me it is the respect of life—in all bodies. The light behind one’s eyes shows love, joy, peace, fear, confusion, exploration, courage… We need to protect that source of light.

  5. Jen says:

    There are many reasons I believe in animal rights, but sometimes it comes down to this: I’m a mother, and whenever I see a picture of a cow with its baby calf or hear a story about how our taste for meat results in a baby animal being torn from its mother, I can’t bring myself to do that to another being. If they feel just a 10th of the love I feel for my children (and maybe they feel just as much – I don’t know) I can’t be a contributor to their unbearable pain.

  6. Karen Finkelman says:

    Veganism is the only way to go. Animals have just as much of a right to live a good life as we do. They are not here for us to eat, to wear or to exploit.

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