ARC (Awakening Respect and Compassion for all Sentient Beings) 

Chicken Farming in America- A Deadly Industry

A Webinar Series Beginning May, 2021 
Join us for an exploration of an industry shrouded in secrecy and deception and find out from the experts why chicken farming is bad for all involved, from the animals, to the workers, the environment, and our own health. Please check back for a complete schedule and event links as they become available. 

The Backyard Chicken Industry, with Justin Van Kleeck, PhD
Thurs. July 22nd, 11:30-12:30 CDT

As we continue our webinar series looking at various aspects of the modern American chicken farming industry, we are excited to have Justin Van Kleeck speaking this month about the backyard chicken industry and why those backyard eggs are not as humane as we've been led to believe. Discussion folowed by Q&A. Please join us!

Justin Van Kleeck (they/them) has a Ph.D. in English and lives with their partner, Roz, near Chapel Hill, North Carolina. They spend most of their time working at the Triangle Chicken Advocates sanctuary, which Justin and Roz founded in 2014, and which inspired them to start The Microsanctuary Movement together later that year. Justin also currently serves as the Programs Coordinator for the Microsanctuary Resource Center. Justin is a co-organizer of the Humane Hoax Online Summit and the Humane Hoax Chicken Webinar. They have presented at the Animal Rights National Conference, The Conscious Eating Conference, and the Humane Hoax Online Summit, and have been interviewed on podcasts such as Our Hen House, Beyond Species, The Bearded Vegans, and others. Much of Justin’s writing is available at strivingwithsystems.com

Visit the facebook event page here.

Register for the Zoom talk here.

The Ecological, Health, and Zoonotic Risks of Poultry and Egg Consumption, with Dr. Tushar Mehta


Please join us for the fourth talk in our series Chicken Farming in America; A Deadly Industry. In this important presentation Dr. Tushar Mehta will be discussing the ecological, health, and zoonotic risks posed by the chicken and egg industries.


Dr. Tushar Mehta studied at McMaster University and then completed medical school and residency at the University of Toronto. Currently, he practices Emergency Medicine but has spent years practicing Family Medicine and Addictions Medicine. Dr. Mehta also participates in international health projects, having formerly volunteered on an annual basis in rural India, and now works with an NGO in Haiti. Along with a small team, Dr. Mehta co-founded Plant Based Data, an online database that collects and organizes the most important academic and institutional literature regarding the impact of a plant-based diet on health, the environment, and food security, including the role of animal agriculture in creating zoonotic pandemics.

This is a conversation our society needs now more than ever. Presentation followed by Q&A.


Dr. Tushar Mehta studied at McMaster University and then completed medical school and residency at the University of Toronto. Currently, he practices Emergency Medicine but has spent years practicing Family Medicine and Addictions Medicine.  Dr. Mehta also participates in international health projects, having formerly volunteered on an annual basis in rural India, and now works with an NGO in Haiti. Along with a small team, Dr. Mehta co-founded Plant Based Data, an online database that collects and organizes the most important academic and institutional literature regarding the impact of a plant-based diet on health, the environment, and food security, including the role of animal agriculture in creating zoonotic pandemics. 


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Register for the Zoom webinar here.



Thursday, Sept 16th
12:30- 1:45 CDT

Join us for a talk we all need to hear, as the two brave former undercover investigators, Scott David and Erin Wing, of Animal Outlook, present on what they learned and saw first hand inside an industry that depends on secrecy. This will be an important conversation for anyone who wants to understand the truth about what it takes to produce the chickens who end up on our dinner plates. We will also have time for Q&A after the presentation. Please join us!


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Register for the Zoom Webinar here.




Recordings of Past Events:
The Environmental Impacts of the Chicken Industry with Hope Bohanec, Recorded June 17, 2021