This edited transcript is the product of tape-recorded interviews conducted by Martin Rowe with Jim Mason in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on July 8, and in New York, New York, on November 16 and November 17, 1999, for Recording Animal Advocacy.
RESTRICTIONS ON THIS INTERVIEW
The tapes and transcript of the interview are made available only with the written permission of Jim Mason (the interviewee).
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TAPES AND INTERVIEW RECORDS
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FUNDING FOR THE INTERVIEW
The oral history interview with Jim Mason was supported by a generous grant from the Two Mauds foundation. The interview is part of the Animal Advocates Oral History Project, a project conducted by the non-profit organization Recording Animal Advocacy.
I feel love, sometimes anger; I feel kinship, sometimes alienation. These drive me to places where I can see and report the sorry ways we treat animals. They push me to places within as well, where I find the courage to write and act against millennia-old traditions that raise one species over all others. I take heart and have hope now. I have acted on my empathy for animals instead of stifling it. I take heart now that there are so many others who are doing the same.