July 26, 2017

Jane Velez-Mitchell — Bringing Veganism Into the Mainstream — 
Episode 80

In Today’s Episode
Jane Velez-Mitchell is the founder and editor of JaneUnChained.com, a multi-platform social media news outlet that produces original video content on animal rights and the vegan/compassionate lifestyle. JaneUnChained’s #LunchbreakLIVE daily live vegan cooking show has featured dozens of chefs and nutrition experts since launching in May. It can be seen at 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time at Facebook.com/JaneVelezMitchell. JaneUnChained also airs #TheVeganView, an occasional series that features movers and shakers in the vegan world.

JaneUnChained’s stories are widely shared around the nation and the world. Jane is the winner of four Genesis Awards from the Humane Society of the United States for her reporting on animal issues. For six years she hosted her own show on CNN Headline News. Jane also reported for the nationally syndicated Warner Brothers/Telepictures show Celebrity Justice, and was a news anchor/reporter at KCAL-TV in LA and WCBS-TV in NY.

Jane is the author of four books. The 2014 non-fiction New York Times bestseller, Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias details a salacious trial that gripped the American public. Secrets Can Be Murder delves into the secrecy and deceit embedded in tragic scenarios. Addict Nation: An Intervention for America with Sandra Mohr, focuses on greed and overconsumption. Her other New York Times bestseller is her memoir titled iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life. She is active in the LGBT community and lives with her partner, fellow vegan and animal activist Donna Dennison, and their companion animals, in Marina del Rey.

Outline of This Great Episode
[6:36] Deborah introduces Jane.
[9:26] There is a pervasive myth that athletes can’t be vegan.
[12:53] Jane’s mother became a vegetarian in childhood and lived to be 99 1/2.
[14:29] Jane considers it her life’s mission to fight to end factory farming.
[16:08] It was very difficult for Jane to get animal issues into the mainstream media.
[18:27] The Universe will guide you down the perfect path to fulfill your life’s purpose.
[20:55] The meat, dairy and pharmaceutical industries all have a lot to lose when people transition to vegan lifestyles.
[22:45] Humans are not carnivores, they have just been conditioned to eat meat.
[23:58] Everyone who loves animals needs to transition to a vegan lifestyle.
[27:19] Jane gives herself permission to be joyful as she works to end animal cruelty.
[30:10] Many people don’t want to know about animal cruelty. Some even laugh about it.
[31:37] What can we say to people who want to ignore animal cruelty?
[34:43] You cannot truly be an environmentalist and eat meat.
[36:02] The meat and dairy industries have demonized soy.
[37:20] The cruelty in the meat industry is so much worse than most people realize.
[40:11] Society is lying to people about the consequences of eating meat, and about the history of eating meat.
[42:21] Meat and dairy are addictive.
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[48:33] If you are a spiritual or religious personal, you should reject meat consumption.
[50:02] Stop apologizing.
[54:03] Meat consumption is disrespecting the Feminine.
[54:51] Jesus Christ was an animal rights activist.
[57:13] Could veganism end world hunger and war?
[58:58] More people need to step up, and there are many opportunities to do so.
[1:03:56] Animal rights and environmentalism are the same issue.
[1:07:15] The new generation is very receptive to veganism.
[1:09:57] Jane makes delicious vegan lunches in 15 minutes.
[1:11:39] Jane gives us tips for those who want to transition to veganism but don’t know where to start.

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Resources Mentioned
What the Health
Rowdy Girl Sanctuary
The Beyond Burger