April 13, 2021
Two burly and handsome hunks (Sam Ahwesh and Ryan Walker) and one moderately attractive and somewhat out-of-shape hink (Jason Hinkledire) from the HAP gang convene for this episode to discuss the continually evolving (and seemingly diminishing) stereotypes of being a male animal-rights proponent in the modern world.
HAP Podcast co-host Natalie Ahwesh and HAP Vice-President Shannon Dickerson guide the conversation with their insightful questions.
March 30, 2021
Jason Andrew Beale from the Endangered Species Coalition joins us to discuss wildlife corridors, pollination, and animal agriculture practices and habitat loss.
March 15, 2021
Richard Butler is a multifunctional professional with a range of experiences. He is skilled in leading nonprofit organizations, facilitating inclusion, diversity, and cultural competency workshops. He also has experience as a part-time adjunct professor, group exercise specialist, and a lifestyle and business coach.
March 2, 2021
John joins us from Allegheny Cleanways to discuss the latest about all of the great work his organization is doing in the community.
February 1, 2021
Matthew A. King is the President of the Christian Animal Rights Association, which he co-founded with his spouse, Christina King. He is the author of an upcoming book discussing Christianity and animal rights. Matthew is also a Registered Nurse licensed in the state of Pennsylvania.
Christian Animal Rights Association was founded with a mission to educate, advocate, protect, and defend the rights of all animals, from a Christian and biblical perspective. Our ministry desires the abolition of human exploitation of animals by advocating legal personhood, eliminating the property status of animals, and advocating abstention from animal products. These goals reflect the ideal God revealed in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 1:20-30) and the heavenly New Earth, that will be founded when Jesus returns (Isaiah 11:6-9; 65:25; and Hosea 2:18). We seek to live out Jesus' prayer, "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10).
January 19, 2021
Allie founded Voters For Animal Rights in 2016. In 2020, she ran VFAR’s candidate endorsement process for more than 50 animal rights candidates for New York State Senate and Assembly. In 2019, she co-led the campaign to ban foie gras in NYC. She also helped passed NYC’s laws making it a crime to steal wild birds, and for the creation of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Animal Welfare. During the group’s inaugural year, she helped co-lead the successful campaign to ban wild animals in the circus in NYC, which became law in July 2017. Previously, she lead the Nyclass campaign to ban horse carriages from city streets for over five years. She ran the successful “Anybody But Quinn” campaign to defeat an anti-animal candidate for NYC mayor, getting animal rights into mainstream city politics for the first time. She has worked at the NY State Senate, Obama campaign and the NJ Dept of the Public Advocate. She was named to New York Observer’s “Political Power 80” in 2014 and named to City & State Magazine’s “40 Under 40” political people to watch in 2016.
She’s an alumni of Florida State University and mom of five rescued cats – Willa, Waffles, Gumball, Croissant, and Barry Manilow. She lives in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn where she is a volunteer TNR (trap-neuter-release) rescuer.
January 4, 2021
Sabrina is the Director of the “no plastic please” campaign. She is motivated by a vision of Pittsburghers and Pennsylvanians that see themselves as empowered, responsible, and caring stewards of their local environment and the world-at-large. She also operates Recycle This Pittsburgh as a resource for city residents to find out more about the practical realities of recycling specific items in the Pittsburgh area. Sabrina is a professional game designer, specializing in leveraging game design to empower individual and societal change.
December 22, 2020
What will life look like for us in 2050? Created and directed by Sofia Pineda Ochoa, Endgame 2050 gives us a glimpse into our future, and – spoiler alert – it does not look good.
As shown through an eerie fictional opening segment, humanity has backed itself into an ecological endgame with food and water shortages, runaway climate change, fishless oceans, and civil unrest. The remainder of the film features top scientists and leaders who provide testimony on the dire state of our planet and our future. Featuring musician and environmentalist Moby, Endgame 2050 is an urgent call to action to tackle the existential crises bearing down on our planet.
HUMANE ACTION Pittsburgh and Animal Wellness Action held a 60-minute discussion in September of 2020 with the following panel of experts:
• Natalie Ahwesh, M.Ed. (Vice President, HUMANE ACTION Pittsburgh);
• Brandon Burr, OD (Director of Food Policy, Animal Wellness Action);
• Sofia Pineda Ochoa, MD (Director, Producer, & Narrator, Endgame 2050); and
• Bob Rapfogel, JD (Producer, Endgame 2050).
• Watch the film at your convenience on YouTube at https://youtu.be/o8YomEOExkc
December 14, 2020
TONI OKAMOTO is the founder of Plant-Based on a Budget, the popular website and meal plan that shows you how to save dough by eating veggies. She’s also author of the Plant-Based on a Budget cookbook, The Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook, and the co-host of The Plant-Powered People Podcast. Okamoto’s work has been profiled by NBC News, Parade Magazine, and she’s a regular presence on local and national morning shows across the country, where she teaches viewers how to break their meat habit without breaking their budget. She was also featured in the popular documentary What the Health. When she’s not cooking up a plant-based storm, she’s spending time with her husband in Sacramento, CA.
You can find Toni on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.