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Howard Lyman Live ARZone Guest Chat

Howard Lyman ARZone Live Guest Chat 


ARZone is pleased to announce this week’s Live Chat Guest.


Howard Lyman, known as the “Mad Cowboy” was a fourth generation family farmer for most of his life, until he transformed his small family farm into an intensive factory farm. In 1979 he was diagnosed with a tumor in his spine, and faced with the prospect of paralysis, vowed to return to non-chemical means of farming if he beat the cancer.


He survived an operation to remove the tumor and set out to transform his land into an organic farm, and in 1989, began to investigate Mad Cow disease, which was just becoming an issue in Great Britain, and, again facing health concerns, became a vegetarian and found his health improving, eventually becoming a vegan.


Howard has crusaded for years to change the way America produces its food and to change the way Americans think of their relationship to food and the environment, appearing on the Oprah Winfrey show in 1996, resulting in the infamous "Veggie Libel" case brought on by Texas ranchers.


He is the former Director of the "Beyond Beef Campaign" & the Humane Society of the United States' "Eating With Conscience" Campaign; past President of both the International Vegetarian Union, and EarthSave International; and is currently President of Voice for a Viable Future.


Howard co-authored the book Mad Cowboy (1998) and co-authored No More Bull (2005) and is the subject of two documentary films, Mad Cowboy and Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home. He also features in the  2005 documentary "McLibel" and the  2007 documentary "Meat The Truth".

Howard was awarded the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award on April 12, 1997


Howard welcomes the opportunity to engage ARZone members this weekend on a range of topics, including his life as a cattle rancher, his extensive advocacy since and his philosophies in general.

ARZone is supportive of education, critical thinking, rational discourse, and aims to provoke intelligent dialogue about issues that most concern members of the animal advocacy movement.

ARZone does not endorse or promote the views of its guests and forum participants; ARZone does endorse and promote creative education efforts.

This is an event for which questions must be submitted to ARZone prior to Midnight GMT, Wednesday 5 October via email to

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Last updated by Carolyn Bailey Oct 3, 2011.


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