Humane Hoax Online Conference

Announcing our 3rd Annual Humane Hoax Online Conference
Saturday, February 26, 2022

This virtual conference will feature leading thinkers in the animal advocacy movement with a focus on the humane hoax. Our panel of experts will expose animal agriculture’s humane washing and greenwashing with fresh insight on a wide range of topics. Check back soon for registration information.

NOTE: Pacific Times

10:00 – 10:10 am PT– Justin and Hope Introduction

10:10 – 10:55 am PT– Emily Moran Barwick 

11:00 – 11:55 am PT– John Sonbonmatsu

12:00 – 12:55 pm PT– Hope Bohanec

1:00 – 1:55 pm PT– Alison Argo & Bob Comis

2:00 pm PT– Q & A with all speakers



Happy Pigs Make Happy Meat?

with Allison Argo and Bob Comis

Allison Argo and Bob Comis will discuss their views about “humane” meat, as well as Bob’s personal experience as a small-scale pig farmer and the choices he made to change his life. Allison will also share a video excerpt from her film The Last Pig featuring Bob Comis.

Allison Argo’s films have won over 100 awards internationally, including six national Emmys, duPont Columbia, Genesis, Jackson Hole, Banff, and dozens of awards from New York to Japan. Argo is known for her emotionally-charged and deeply personal films – in particular her intimate portraits of abused and endangered animals. The nearly two dozen films she’s produced, directed and written have all been broadcast by PBS and/or National Geographic and have reached audiences worldwide. Her most recent film, The Last Pig, premiered on PBS in 2021 after appearing at 42 film festivals. This award-winning film will soon be available for streaming internationally. Her latest film, The NEW Farm, is still in production. It continues Argo’s mission to provide a voice for those who are not heard– and to deepen understanding and respect for all beings.

Bob Comis, the main human character of The Last Pig, will also be joining us. He chronicled his day-to-day life as a pig farmer for over 10 years. In his words, “I raised pigs for slaughter for ten years, until a powerful sense of empathy and compassion propelled me to change the course of my life. I decided to quit pig farming, start a vegetable farm, and become a vegetarian (vegan, in 2015). Today I am able to be fully present, which is very much the opposite of my experience when I farmed pigs, which I did from a distance, divorced from the moment, disconnected from myself.”


Emily Moran Barwick is an animal-liberation activist, educator, writer, artist, and international speaker. After completing her Masters of Fine Arts, Emily founded Bite Size Vegan upon the belief that everyone deserves access to solid, factual information on issues impacting their health, our planet, society, and the lives of other sentient beings. Through, Emily provides free educational videos, essays, eCourses, and resources on all aspects of veganism—helping people go vegan and equipping existing vegans with the tools they need to get active. Communication has never come easily to Emily—an Autistic—but she credits her Autism for her deep and empathetic connection with non-human animals, and believes that by seeing the world differently, she’s better able to help others begin to think differently.


John Sanbonmatsu is an associate professor of philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is the author of The Postmodern Prince: Critical Theory, Left Strategy, and the Making of a New Political Subject, and the editor of the book, Critical Theory and Animal Liberation. A leading critic of cellular or cultivated meat, John created and now curates the website.  He is currently at work on a new book, The Omnivore’s Deception: What We Get Wrong about Meat, Animals, and the Nature of Moral Life.


Hope Bohanec 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.