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Food for Thought Podcast starts with the premise that being vegan is a means to an end — not an end in itself. Food for Thought addresses all aspects of eating and living compassionately and healthfully, including living zero waste! Each episode addresses commonly asked questions about being vegan, including those regarding animal protection, food, cooking, eating, and nutrition — and debunks the myths surrounding these issues. 

Jan 13, 2023

Today I want to talk to you about an animal who has, over the centuries, gone from exalted to vilified.

  • animal many people have never met but one who has been much maligned and humiliated on film, in literature, and in our language.
  • animal who is affected by the daily choices we make but who is invisible in many ways.
  • animal you may never think of, an animal you wouldn’t think would be part of the animal agriculture business.
  • animal I hope you have the privilege of meeting someday.

Today I want to tell you about the burden of burros and the plight of donkeys and explain why they mean so much to me and why they represent all animals at the mercy of humans.

In this episode, I also share two films about donkeys, Au Hasard Balthazar by Robert Bresson — one of my favorite films of all time — and EO by Jerzy Skolimowski, a film inspired by Balthazar and packed with as much power as its predecessor.

A version of this episode originally aired in 2007 but was in much need of an update. This is not just a rebroadcast; it is a re-worked and re-recorded episode about these magnificent and misunderstood animals.


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