All Things Vegan ~ Show Notes ~ August 28, 2012 ~ Chimps, Inc., a Chimpanzee sanctuary in Central Oregon, welcomes new resident CJ. And a report from YEA Camp!

Chimps, Inc.,  a Chimpanzee sanctuary in Central Oregon, welcomes new resident CJ. And a report from YEA Camp!

In this episode, we talk with Marla O’Donnell of Chimps, Inc., a sanctuary in Central Oregon that shelters abused or abandoned chimpanzees that were part of the entertainment industry or pet trade. Chimps, Inc. recently took in a new resident, CJ, and Marla tells us CJ’s story and gives us an update on how she’s fitting in with her new family.

We also talk with Bend resident Heather Kennedy, fresh from her first year as a camp counselor at YEA Camp, a fun and enriching vegan leadership summer camp for teens. And Paul Seymour sings about what will happen, “When the World is Vegan.”

And, of course, we highlight the latest News from the Vegan Frontier, let you know about vegan related happenings in and around Central Oregon, and more!



CJ the chimp. Photo by Bill Roe. Courtesy of Las Vegas CityLife.

CJ. Photo by Bill Roe. Courtesy of Las Vegas CityLife.

Earlier this summer, CJ (Calamity Jane), a privately owned “pet” in Las Vegas, escaped her home along with her companion Buddy. They made their way to a suburban neighborhood. Unfortunately, law enforcement officials were able to tranquillize CJ, but not Buddy—who was tragically shot and killed when he was deemed a threat to humans.

We talk with Sanctuary Director Marla O’Donnell of Chimps, Inc. to learn the story of how CJ made her way to become a permanent resident of Chimps, Inc.

Marla O'Donnell, Sanctuary Director, Chimps, Inc.

Marla O’Donnell, Sanctuary Director, Chimps, Inc.

Marla started out at Chimps, Inc. as a volunteer, and after 8 years of constant dedication to the chimps, she recently became Sanctuary Director.

In spite of her recent trauma, 13-year-old CJ seems content in her new home and has been welcomed by the other Chimps. Raised in a human environment, she enjoys looking at magazines, playing with squirt guns, dolls, and tape measures, and eating a variety of fruits and veggies.




Heather Kennedy

Heather Kennedy and friend

Heather Kennedy had the opportunity to be a camp counselor this past summer at YEA Camp, a fun and enriching vegan leadership summer camp for teens. She gives us a day in the life view of camp and reflects on what she learned and the relationships she formed. Outside of camp, Heather is a Zine artist and active in many social justice issues such as AIDS awareness. She loves babying her rescued chickens.




News from the Vegan Frontier:

Veg Out ‘N About:

Featuring Mother’s Juice Cafe, newly opened on the East side of Bend. Mother’s offers several vegan options, including a garden roast sandwich, brown rice and veggie bowl, black bean falafel, plus many salads, juices, and smoothies.


News around Town:

Ginger’s Kitchenware in the Old Mill hosts cookbook author Robin Asbell for The Big Vegan Flavor Extravaganza! September 19 at 6p. Reservations are required for this class.

COCC Community Ed is offering a new class: Thrive on a Plant-Based Diet with Sharon Eddleston. Learn how to thrive on a plant-based diet which can prevent and even reverse disease, increase energy, help you lose weight naturally and generally improve overall health. Whether you want to incorporate healthier eating habits, look better, feel better or eat with less impact on the planet, this class will show you how to obtain balanced nutrition and achieve optimal health. Final class session will be a field trip to a grocery store. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8p, September 25 – Oct 6. For more details, see COCC Community Education.

VegNet Bend will hold their monthly meeting and potluck at 6p, Sep 26, at The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas in Bend. Bring a vegan dish to share and your recipe or list of ingredients.

For more information about this event, see VegNet Bend Group on Facebook or email

Portland VegFest, Oregon’s largest plant-based food event, is coming up soon! Sep 22 – 23 at the Oregon Convention Center. VegNet Bend and All Things Vegan Radio will be sharing a table—please come say hello.



Paul Seymour

Paul Seymour

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

We featured a new song by Paul in this show: Never Be Another War. Paul has other new music he’d love you to listen at YouTube,, or iTunes.


All Things Vegan airs on KPOV, Bend Community Radio.