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The Health Science Podcast | Episode 025. | April 27, 2023
025: Kind to All Educator Empowers Youth to Live Kindly with Susan Hargreaves
025: Kind to All Educator Empowers Youth to Live Kindly with Susan Hargreaves

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Susan Hargreaves has been deeply passionate about animals since childhood. Her journey as an activist began when she visited a chicken hatchery with her aunt, only to witness the cruel separation of male chicks who were to be gassed and suffocated and females who were to be raised in cramped quarters to end up as a meal. This experience changed her life forever.

As a young girl, Susan organized walkouts to raise awareness about seal killing and conducted undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and stockyards. She has been actively involved in direct actions against circuses and rodeos, where she had been arrested and banned from the Toronto Sky Dome for life.

Susan explains the cruelty behind rodeos, including the use of electric prods and flank straps, and shares how she and her team successfully shut down a rodeo in Canada.

Inspired by her passion for animal welfare, Susan founded Animal Hero Kids, a nonprofit organization that promotes kindness to all species and recognizes bravery and compassion in youth.

She has educated elementary, middle, and high school students about animal welfare and the changing attitudes towards vegetarianism and veganism in schools.

When visiting schools, Susan emphasizes the message of kindness to all species and engages kids with her costume characters, such as Ronnie the Cow.

Her work with Animal Hero Kids has led to an annual award ceremony and a youth summit aimed at spreading the message of kindness to animals to a mainstream audience. She also collaborates with horse and cat rescue organizations and has authored several books including Animal Heroes, which recognizes female animal heroes.

Susan also shares her experience hosting the Los Angeles Animal Hero Awards, where they recognized the superintendent of the LAUSD school district for creating Meatless Mondays.

Throughout the episode, Susan Hargreaves’ unwavering passion for animal welfare shines through, and she provides valuable insights into educating young people about kindness to all species.

Episode Highlights

[02:30]             It all started with a duck and baby chicks

[05:30]             Activism begins with a walkout with seal killings

[08:00]             Susan’s arrest led to even more activism

[09:00]             What happens to circus and rodeo animals is shocking

[14:30]             The importance of educating children to animal cruelty

[18:00]             Susan is banned from schools for the mention of vegetarian

[21:00]             The story behind Veganza

[26:00]             Be an Animal Hero campaign attracts world-renowned celebrities

[30:20]             The Heart Whisperer mini documentary captures the heart of veganism

[36:00]             Meet Luvey, the 22year old vegan dog

About Susan Hargreaves

Susan Hargreaves has been vegan since 1985. Her love of animals began when she was a child and evolved into her now being one of the most recognized influencers who empowers all ages to be heroes to all species of animals via her award-winning, interactive education presentations, activism, speaking engagements and writing.

International and national media have lauded her over four decades-long work to stop animal cruelty. Susan’s mission to create animal heroes has been covered by Yahoo News.

Susan emigrated into the United States as a person of extraordinary ability in the field of humane education, a category reserved for Olympic athletes. She has received references and praise for her empathy fostering work from Jane Goodall, Michelle Obama, Ingrid Newkirk, Joaquin Phoenix and Paul McCartney. The global news magazine, Formidable Woman, wrote a feature article on Susan and her goals to save all species of animals. 

Susan founded the youth empowerment education charity Animal Hero Kids and infuses it with the passion, wisdom, and determination acquired during a lifetime devoted to animal activism. The Hollywood Times focused on her empowering work. 

Her recent Veganza Animal Heroes young adult novel and vegan guide debuted at number one in the New Release categories for young adults, teens and ecology on Amazon. The global tour was featured in International news media including Dublin Live News.

Susan plays a unique role in supporting, encouraging, and empowering others to build a more compassionate world for all animals and was chosen for the top environmentalist list in the New Times newspaper.

Watch film shorts and learn more about Susan at the following:

“Be an Animal Hero” description piece. CLICK HERE

School assembly clips CLICK HERE

Veganza Animal Heroes World Book Tour CLICK HERE

Book segment CLICK HERE

Veganza Vanza free vegan fare  CLICK HERE

Heart whisperer Film clip “Before the word vegan was known” CLICK HERE

About Dr. Frank Sabatino

As a recognized authority on the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, Dr. Frank Sabatino has cared for and inspired thousands of people for over 40 years. Dr. Sabatino has a PhD in cell biology and neuroendocrinology and has done extensive landmark research on calorie restriction, stress, and aging. He currently is on staff at the TrueNorth Health Foundation in Santa Rosa, CA, and serves as the Director of Health Education at the NHA.

Dr. Sabatino’s passion and life’s work include raising awareness about the benefits of whole-food, plant-exclusive nutrition (without added salt, oil, or sugar), health rejuvenation, stress

About NHA

The National Health Association (NHA), founded in 1948, is a nonprofit organization that promotes the benefits of a plant-based diet. The Association provides educational materials, educational events, and services to thousands of people around the world.

The mission of the National Health Association is to educate and empower individuals to understand that health results from healthful living. The NHA recognizes the integration of all aspects of health: personal, environmental, and social.

The NHA also provides travel experiences around the globe through the NHA Plant-Based Travel and cruise division.

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A unique benefit of the NHA Conference is the selection of two medical students who receive a full scholarship to the conference.

Contact Wanda Huberman for more information on how to apply for the scholarship.  [email protected]

NHA membership

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Members of the NHA enjoy a subscription to the award-winning quarterly health journal, Health Science, access to the “Members Only” section of the NHA Website (which contains all 43 years of back issues of the magazine),  the ability to download for free many classic out of print eBooks on the history of the Natural Hygiene Movement, including Fasting Can Save Your Life and The Greatest Health Discovery, discounts on books, and early notice of the NHA events. Only $35 a year for basic membership within the United States.

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