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When it comes to animal rights organizations, helping others take notice, and making real change in farmed animal welfare the most vital piece are the investigators. The men and women who take on this job are rarely seen or known by the public but they make some of the greatest impact. Any undercover video you've seen was the act of someone putting a lot on the line to expose animal cruelty as it really happens.
While in L.A., Lindsay Wolf, Vice President of Investigations for MFA, sat down with me to talk about her path as an investigator. Further into the show we discuss how she hires / trains new investigators and what life is like taking up a camera and exposing the harsh realities of slaughterhouses. It's rare to get a peek behind the curtain. I know this will be as eye opening for you as it was for me.
After a long week in Los Angeles ten a week to recover and regroup we're back in action! I drug the recording gear with me all the way across the country (by plan, don't be crazy) and managed to get Liz back on the mic with me in person to discuss what activism is and how we can do it.
Anything you do to promote the movement to being plant based for the planet, your health, or the animals is an act of activism. For some it's sharing recipes and for others it's leafleting a college campus or being an investigator for an animal rights organization. The important that is to find what's fits you, your temperament, and makes the impact on others you want to me.
Liz and I dig into how each of us (and you) do a lot by doing a little. We also expand on how you can do more if you feel what you've done so far isn't quite enough. If you want more information on how you can be more active and help promote the cause reach out to us at our contact page.
I spent the new year's at my parents house this year. As I grazed on some buffalo cauliflower, red pepper hummus, and the guacamole I brought I glanced that the television from time to time. My parents always have the "rockin' new year's eve" on so the night was full mostly of pop singers. Near midnight I caught a glimpse of Mariah Carey performing. I noticed she was lip syncing but that's not what caught me off guard. It was obvious she was having technical issue. Even more obvious, she wasn't taking the malfunctions very well. She was visually shaken, frustrated, and action out toward the staff.
The next day the internet was abuzz about this performance I saw another video, this one of Adele. In this video, all the audio caught out on her mid song. For a split second she was taken off guard, as we all would be, but she quickly snapped back into her song (with some audience participation) and let the professionals running the show do their jobs. The sound quickly came back before the song was complete. Aside from the lack of audio, you would never know things were awry.
I found it interesting how to professionals in their field not only reacting to an unexpected moment but how the openly treated the staff there to assist with problem and ensure a smooth performance. This lead me to ask how I handle these moments.
Liz Quick my friend and coworker at Mercy For Animals joined me as a guest host. We have very different jobs and responsibilities but both are ripe with unexpected moments. She was gracious enough to sit with me and chat about how she handles life distractions and what we can learn from Mariah's and Adele's attitudes.
Remember guys: Feelings are just temporary visitors. (You'll understand this more throughout the show)