Native Americans and Vegetarianism with Rita Laws, Ph.D.

We speak with Dr. Rita Laws about connections between vegetarianism and Native Americans. Dr. Laws, who is Choctaw and Cherokee, will provide a historical analysis of hunting and colonialism, along with an examination of some Native American traditional views on non-human animals.

Dr. Laws has been vegetarian since 1979. In 1974 she witnessed the slaughter of a lamb in front of a mother sheep, and the experience strongly influenced her choice to become vegetarian. At the same time, she also learned about the “tens of thousands of kids in foster care [who] are waiting for permanency” and she became a special needs adoption activist. She has written several books and articles about domestic adoption and children with special needs. She is currently revising a book she wrote last year about Indian Peace Medals, which signify lasting friendship and peace.

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or download an mp3 of the show.

Here is Dr. Laws’ article Returning to the Corn:

3 thoughts on “Native Americans and Vegetarianism with Rita Laws, Ph.D.

  1. Hey Lauren.
    Yes, I found Dr. Laws to be a fascinating person. I have shared this interview with others since I first heard it a couple of years ago. Do you know what she is doing these days?
    I think her story is also very compatible with a podcast that Colleen Patrick-Goudreau of Compassionate Cooks did a while back called “Honoring the Animals we Eat-Just like the Native Americans.”
    If you’re interested in the link, let me know.
    Have a great evening and blessings to you. 🙂

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