Jennifer and I have launched Up at Daylight, a podcast which explores animal rights and animal protection issues and features interviews with people trying to rid the world of injustice. Up at Daylight takes its name from what was for both of us one of the most influential books of our childhood, the great E.B. White’s, Charlotte’s Web. And it was influential because it contains one of the most righteous characters in all of American literature, the bold and brave animal loving crusader, Fern Arable.

The book opens on a spring morning in which Fern’s father, a farmer, has decided to kill a small, runty pig born the night before. When Fern learns of her father’s heartless and cruel plan, she rushes to his side, grabs hold of his ax, and refuses to allow him to proceed, calling his planned execution, “The most terrible case of injustice I ever heard of.” Thus starts the deeply touching and morally instructive tale of Wilbur the pig and the barnyard forces which conspire to save his life, a story that begins with the line that provides the origin of our podcast’s namesake, “Fern was up at daylight, trying to rid the world of injustice.”

In this podcast, we will be speaking to people who share Fern’s passion for fighting cruelty and inhumanity and ushering in a new age of compassion for all Earthlings. People who, like her, are up at daylight trying to rid the world of injustice. You can follow the podcast on Facebook at and on Twitter @upatdaylight. Subscribe and listen now by clicking here.

Episode 1: Inside the PETA Kill Room with Heather Harper-Troje.

In our inaugural episode, we take you inside PETA’s kill room with Heather Harper-Troje. Now the fact that PETA has a kill room where it routinely injects thousands of animals a year with fatal doses of poison, including perfectly healthy puppies and kittens without ever making them available for adoption, may still come as a surprise to some. Though this killing has been going on now for well over two decades, there are still many people who are unaware of PETA’s killing agenda and therefore continue to support PETA’s poisoning of thousands of animals a year through their financial contributions to that organization. Indeed, killing is not an ancillary part of PETA’s Community Animal Project; it goes to the core of the mission. “The objective of the program,” Harper-Troje says, “was to get as many animals as possible and the vast majority of those animals were killed.” Nothing came between that objective and the staff, including lying by telling people the animals would be adopted knowing full well they would be killed: “I was told to pretty much say anything I needed to say to gain custody of an animal… I was told to lie by my direct supervisors directly and then by Ingrid…”


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