Jane Velez-Mitchell, TV Journalist, Bestselling Author & Animal Advocate

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Jane Velez-Mitchell–award-winning television journalist and best-selling author who hosts the nightly “Jane Velez-Mitchell” show on HLN (CNN’s sister network)–discusses some of her childhood, tracing her path of becoming someone who speaks and works so passionately on behalf of animals. She also addresses the importance of video–whether it’s undercover footage shot at factory farming operations or more produced pieces like “Farm To Fridge”–to educate people and affect change. On a related note, Velez-Mitchell gives her brethren in the media a pretty poor score when it comes to evaluating their coverage of animal welfare issues. She also offers some observations about the conflicts and hypocrisy that can afflict activists, noting a particular pet peeve is that environmentalists have somehow eschewed a plant-based platform, but on the other hand, recalled dining with a peace activist who had a big piece of meat on her plate, Velez-Mitchell commented on the contradiction–triggering in the activist a profound epiphany. (www.HLNTV.com/shows/jane-velez-mitchell, www.facebook.com/JaneVelezMitchellHLN)

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About the author
Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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