Home Podcasts March 3, 2013: Ask-the-vegan call-in show

Rachel Bjork, President of NARN

Rachel Bjork, President of NARN


Today’s show began with a short chat with Andrea Logan from Valley Animal Partners, who told us about their Barko (Bunko) Bash, a fundraiser the group is having on March 23 from 1-4 p.m. at the Si View Community Center in North Bend.  The fundraiser benefits low-cost spay-/neuter operations for pets in the Snoqualmie Valley.  You can purchase tickets at the door or at local vendors in the North Bend area.  Read more on the group’s website here:


Today’s guests on the call-in show, to whom we are very grateful, were:

Rachel Bjork, Board President of the Northwest Animal Rights Network (NARN).  NARN  is a Seattle-based animal rights organization dedicated to ending the exploitation of animals by raising awareness of animal suffering in the food, entertainment, experimentation, and fashion industries since 1986. Their efforts include outreach, demonstrations, litigation, and educational events.  Through their education and service, they work within our local, regional and global community to make a positive impact, and work with other like-minded groups, organizations, companies, and individuals to provide both strength of community and of unified support.

Franziska and her dog Jesse

NARN board member, Franziska Edwards, became a vegetarian the day she adopted her first dog from a shelter in Italy. That dog made her realize that there was no important difference between him and any cow, pig or chicken. She just didn’t KNOW them as individuals. Her first daughter was seven-years-old at the time. Franziska explained why they were not going to eat meat anymore and her daughter was completely on board. It took another year of eating fish before she suddenly realized that in matters of suffering, fish are no different to cows, and she stopped eating seafood, too. Franziska has been a vegan for over 10 years and her three daughters are also  vegan/vegetarian. After spending 12 years in the South, in Texas, Franziska has now lived in Seattle for 14 years and loves it.  She has worked as an activist for 30 years, and worked in an animal shelter for ten, many of which were as a cruelty investigator.

Fernando Cuenca

Fernando Cuenca was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. He was active for a number of years in local anti-bullfighting campaigns before co-founding the vegan advocacy group Verdadera Compasión (True Compassion). After moving to the Pacific Northwest, he’s currently active, along with his wife Christina, as co-organizer of the Seattle Vegan and Vegetarian Families Group. Together they raise vegan-since-birth son Luciano. Fernando also does volunteer work to raise Vegetarianism Awareness at his workplace.

Some links related to questions that came up on today’s show:

Meatless Meals for Working People by Debra Wasserman.  Fernando recommends this book for quick and easy meals, ready in less than 30 minutes.  All of the recipes are vegetarian or vegan.

Some vegan Persian recipes:

My Persian Kitchen

Vegan Eats and Treats


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