MSV Episode 01272016: We start the program with Meg and Komie Vora of Delikate Rayne, the luxury LA fashion line that focuses on elegance, compassion and sustainability. The two sisters, vegan now and vegetarian from birth, design a line of upscale, fashion-forward, made-in-America women’s clothing, available online, and encompassing “humaneness, opulence, and street style.”
We then welcome Mike Stura of Skylands Animal Sanctuary. The Wantage, New Jersey, sanctuary’s latest resident is Freddie, the steer who escaped from a Queens, NY, slaughterhouse last week and made headlines all over the country.
Quotations from the interview with Mike: (when he went to the slaughterhouse to try to get them to release Freddie) “I stayed in the truck outside the place till the next morning.” (Mike went on the say that doing that was no big deal, but this is January in New York. It’s a big deal.)
(On “humane” meat) – “There’s no humane way to take someone’s life who’s healthy and wants to live.”
(On becoming vegan) – “Then I learned that if we had milk, there was a baby somewhere who didn’t.”
Skylands is some 57 miles from Manhattan. They’re closed for visitors this winter but will reopen in the spring for educational tours from 11 to 5 every Saturday and Sunday. They are registered 501(c)3 charity, should anyone want to adopt an animal there or offer other financial support to their work.
Blast from the past: If you like hearing about farmed animal sanctuaries, we’ve interviewed several sanctuary people in the past. Check out these episodes:
- Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary (NY and CA): http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_041515
- Pattrice Jones of Vine Sanctuary (VT): http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_021115
- Renee King Sonnen of Rowdy Girl Sanctuary (TX): http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_060315
- Steve Jenkins of Happily-Ever-Esther Sanctuary (Ontario): http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_051315
- Kathy Stevens of Catskill Animal Sanctuary (NY): http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_082113
- Jenny Brown of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary (NY): http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_112112
- Ron Allison, MD, board president of PIGS a Sanctuary (WV) — the first sanctuary I ever visited and always close to my heart: http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_091212