All Things Vegan ~ Show Notes ~ March 27, 2012

Can Oregon go trap free? Artist & wildlife lover Irene Hardwicke Olivieri & trap victim Jennifer Kirkpatrick think so.

In today’s show, we talk with Irene Hardwicke Olivieri of TrapFree Oregon. Irene tells us about an experience involving a coyote that prompted her to get passionately involved in efforts to ban trapping in Oregon.

Later in the show, you’ll hear Central Oregon resident Jennifer Kirkpatrick talk about the nine months of excruciating pain she endured after getting her arm caught in a wildlife trap, and how this ordeal prompted her to become an advocate for banning the use of traps in Oregon.

And, as always, we highlight and analyze News from the Vegan Frontier, let you know about vegan related happenings in and around Central Oregon, and more!



Irene Hardwicke Olivieri

Irene Hardwicke Olivieri

We talk with Irene Hardwicke Olivieri, one of  the founders of the newly formed action arm of TrapFree Oregon. Irene tells us about an experience involving a coyote that prompted her to get passionately involved in efforts to ban trapping in Oregon.

We also learn about Irene’s love of wildlife, and about the creative process behind her paintings, which have been shown in galleries throughout the United States. To view more of Irene’s artwork, please visit

I drop everything when I see you

I drop everything when I see you,
by Irene Hardwicke Olivieri


Jennifer Kirkpatrick

Jennifer Kirkpatrick

Think trapping doesn’t hurt animals? Central Oregon resident Jennifer Kirkpatrick begs to differ with you. Jennifer tells the harrowing story of getting her arm stuck in a trap meant for a beaver, how she had to hike out with the trap on her arm and then drive herself to get help, and the nine months of excruciating pain that followed. We learn how the experience profoundly affected her, as she was thankful that it was her arm in the trap, not the limb or head of a helpless wild or domestic animal (like her own dogs). At least she was able to drive away to get help! Jennifer has since become a vocal advocate for banning all types of trapping.


Veg Out ‘N About (in Central Oregon):

This month we’re featuring Barrio Restaurant & Tapas Bar, a newly opened spot in downtown Bend at 163 NW Minnesota Ave. Several of the appetizers on the menu are vegan or can be made vegan, and there is usually at least one vegan entrée. Of note: the Vegan Paella entrée, and Patatas Bravas and Baked Cauliflower with Tomato tapas. For more information, see


News from the Vegan Frontier:


News around Town:

VegNet Bend monthly meeting and potluck: 6p, March 28, The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, Bend. Bring a vegan dish, your recipe, and a place setting. This month’s program focuses on leg-hold and Conibear traps being used by trappers in Oregon. Irene Hardwick Olivieri, of TrapFree Oregon, will speak about the group’s efforts to ban such trapping in Oregon. Jennifer Kirkpatrick will speak about her own experience with a leg-hold trap. Learn how to protect yourself and your pets from the dangers posed by traps set up close to hiking trails and other public areas. For more information about this event, see VegNet Bend Group on Facebook or

Vegan potluck: 4p, April 1, at The Horned Hand, 507 NW Colorado Ave. Bring your favorite vegan dish and enjoy a great meal. Then stay for the live music of Rachel Brooke and Viva le Vox.



Theme song and musical clips courtesy of Paul Seymour. To learn more about Paul or his music, please visit

Paul Seymour


All Things Vegan airs on KPOV, Bend Community Radio.

2 Responses

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  2. Thank you for your letter about trapping.

    Until he extends his circle of compassion
    to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.
    Albert Schweitzer

    I have been on high alert [fury] ever since I read about the dogs getting caught in traps, several months ago.
    I actually didn’t realize people did that anymore.

    When I read a letter from a trapper, I was even more aghast that they ship the pelts to manufacturers in other countries. This shipping out of the country is not why I am disgusted, but it adds to the shame. The small amount of money is another blot on the decency and integrity they have thrown away, in order to profit so poorly, from torture.

    Possibly a trapper would see things differently if his child or grandchild lost a foot or hand to a merciless trap?

    Barb K. Bend

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