Animals Today – July 14, 2013: Richard Schwartz and Michael Fishbach

Two fabulous guests joined us on this show. First, Lori welcomed Richard Schwartz, President of Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA) and Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians (SERV). Richard is diligently working on growing the transformed and reborn Jewish holiday, “New Year for Animals” and updated us on his progress. It is a big idea from a big thinker for certain. Richard also discussed why Jews should treat animals more kindly than they often do, and why vegetarianism (and especially veganism) is the best way to abide by Kosher dietary laws. Richard went on to explain why we need to radically change the global food production system, and what must be done to avert impending environmental disasters. Here are links to Jewish Vegetarians of North America and Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians.  And go here to review and buy Richard’s latest book at Amazon. The title is, Who Stole My Religion: Revitalizing Judaism and Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal Our Imperiled Planet. Currently rated 4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Peter then welcomed Michael Fishbach, Co-Founder, Great Whale Conservancy. Michael described the recent resumption of the Icelandic practice of hunting Fin Whales as well as the brave and heroic action taken by members of Greenpeace in response. Visit Great Whale Conservancy here.

As usual, thanks for listening, enjoy, and please share.

Michael Fishbach

Michael Fishbach





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