Chrissie Hynde–The Pretenders’ singer-songwriter-guitarist and longtime animal activist

In a conversation that traveled a distinctive arc, Chrissie Hynde–The Pretenders’ singer-songwriter-guitarist and longtime animal activist, whose actions range from protesting KFC’s inhumane treatment of chicken in the processing plant (one of the protests for which she was arrested), to recently writing a sharp, powerful piece in the Toronto Globe & Mail about Canada’s annual seal hunt–discusses going vegetarian nearly 30 years ago, transgressions against animals and how those can intersect with transgressions against the environment, what her objectives are (and aren’t) when participating in the protests and other forms of advocacy, some of the planning and decisions that preceded the opening next month of her vegetarian restaurant, VegeTerranean, in her native Akron, OH, and more. [www.Pretendersarchives.com]

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COMEDY CORNER: Steven Wright’s “Ants” (snippet) [www.stevenwright.com]
MUSIC: Rainstick Orchestra’s “Waltz For A Little Bird,” The Pretenders’ version of “Walk Like A Panther,” instrumentals
NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Phoebe Buffay & Chrissie Hynde’s “Smelly Cat” [from “Friends”]

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