About Us

The Humane Hoax is a collaborative effort of vegan activists, writers, and organizations who are working together to reveal the truth about “humane” animal agriculture. We hosted virtual educational events including the annual Humane Hoax Online Conference and the Humane Hoax Chicken Webinar.

Key Organizers

Hope Bohanec

Hope Bohanec (she/her) has been active in animal protection and environmental activism for 30 years and has published the book The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat? She is the Executive Director of Compassionate Living and the host of the Hope for the Animals Podcast. She co-founded the Humane Hoax Project, the Ahimsa Living Project and has organized hundreds of online and in-person events including the Humane Hoax Online Conference, the Humane Hoax Chicken Webinar, and the Sonoma County VegFest. Over the last three decades, Hope has worked for the national non-profits United Poultry Concerns and In Defense of Animals and contributed chapters to two anthologies.


Alastor Van Kleeck

Alastor 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 Alastor and Roz founded in 2014, and which inspired them to start The Microsanctuary Movement together later that year. Alastor has 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 Alastor’s writing is available at strivingwithsystems.com.

Humane Hoax Project Team

Sena Crutchley (she/her) is an associate professor and long-time animal rights and environmental activist. She is a founder and the president of Piedmont Area Vegan Educators. Sena serves on her university’s sustainability council, where she shares her expertise in the ethics of food systems. Sena is a frequent speaker for the Peace Advocacy Network and her local Sierra Club, and she is published on the topic of dismantling speciesist language. Sena founded and runs Ruby’s Refuge, a microsanctuary for chickens.

Marian Erikson (she/her) is a Canadian-born and North Carolina-based voiceover artist, animal rights activist, and podcaster. After reading about the health risks with the Standard American Diet, she and her family went plant-based. While educating herself on how to cook healthy plant-based meals, she learned the truth about the horrors of animal agriculture, went vegan, and became an activist. She created the Plant Based Briefing podcast in April 2021 where she curates and narrates a variety of articles about the many reasons to be vegan, in short, 10-minute daily episodes.


Sponsoring Organizations


Compassionate Living

Triangle Chicken Advocates

Microsanctuary Resource Center

United Poultry Concerns

Free from Harm