Learning From Animals

“Open Our Minds, In Humility, to Animals and Learn From Them.”

Wednesday, November 17th at 5:00 – 6:30 pm EST (available through Thursday, Nov 18th)

The Last Pig

Photo from The Last Pig film by Allison Argo

LEARNING FROM ANIMALS is a roundtable program, hosted by Lisa Levinson and co-partnered with In Defense of Animals, for exploring “The Third Trust: Open Our Minds, In Humility, to Animals and Learn From Them.” This thought-provoking and inspiring speakers program features guest presenters that include animal behaviorist, educator, and author Dr. Marc Bekoff; Emmy award-winning filmmaker, writer and director Allison Argo of Argo Films; Luvin’Arms Sanctuary co-founder Shaleen Shah; and animal chaplain Rev Sarah Bowen. The speakers will reflect on their experiences and insights in animal advocacy, as well as lessons from animals and how we can learn from animals when we open our minds and do no harm.

Lisa Levinson

Lisa Levinson - Host

LISA LEVINSON is a devoted animal advocate and the director of In Defense of Animals’ Sustainable Activism Campaign, which offers emotional and spiritual support for animal activists via a helpline, support groups, and online events. A former animal rescuer and artist, she also coordinates Vegan Spirituality retreats and facilitates workshops, and is a webinar host for regular educational and informative programs about animals, vegan living, and activism. Lisa is also the co-founder of Public Eye: Artists for Animals.

In Defense of Animals is an international animal protection organization defending animals, people, and the environment for over 38 years. Its mission is to defend animals from abuses and exploitation and to foster peace for all life through education programs and campaigns for raising awareness and changing laws, as well as through sanctuaries and animal rescue facilities for helping animals directly.

Marc Bekoff & Minnie

Dr. Marc Bekoff

MARC BEKOFF has been a groundbreaking and deeply influential advocate for animals for decades. His inspiring and educational work has been featured in documentaries and programs for National Geographic, PBS, NPR, as well as in news stories in TIME, 60 Minutes, CNN and other media. A Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, he is the author of thirty acclaimed books on animal studies, animal behavior, animals’ emotions, human-animal interactions, animal protection and compassionate conservation; and is also the writer of numerous published essays and articles, including in Psychology Today. A past Guggenheim Fellow, he serves on the boards or advisory committees of multiple animal protection organizations, and is an Ambassador for the International Roots and Shoots program and co-chair of the Ethics Committee of the Jane Gooodall Institute.

Allison Argo and Cliff

Allison Argo

ALLISON ARGO is a multiple national Emmy award-winning filmmaker, director, writer, editor and producer of documentaries for deepening the understanding of and respect for all animals. The creator of Argo Films, her documentaries have touched millions of people throughout the world and have received over 100 awards internationally. A dedicated advocate and voice for animals, her intimate portraits of abused and endangered animals have been broadcast on PBS and National Geographic for 25 years. Her most recent film The Last Pig can be seen on PBS and is also available in an educational format for people of all ages at In addition to her powerful films, Allison is also a speaker who has given numerous presentations at institutions, conferences, museums, and schools around the world.

Rev. Sarah Bowen

Rev. Sarah Bowen

REV. SARAH BOWEN is an animal chaplain, interfaith educator and spirituality writer. A fierce advocate for all creatures, Sarah teaches interspecies mindfulness practices, advocates for exploited and endangered species, works with animal/human relationships, as well as grief and loss , and provides wildlife struck by cars a “sacred sendoff.” She is a cofounder of the interspecies faith community Compassion Consortium and a faculty member at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. Sarah writes regularly on animal/human relationships for Spirituality & Health Magazine and co-hosts the Big Universe podcast on Unity Online Radio. The author of Spiritual Rebel, her newest book Sacred Sendoffs is set to come out next spring in 2022.

Shaleen & Shilpi Shah

Shaleen Shah

SHALEENE SHAH is co-founder of Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary near Denver, Colorado, with his wife Shilpi and young boys Aarav and Avi. The sanctuary provides a safe haven for rescued animals while spreading the values of Nonviolence and Compassion. These unlikely sanctuary founders and dedicated Jains grew up in India before moving to the United States. Since founding the sanctuary in 2015, Shaleen and Shilpi have grown Luvin Arms substantially, already having saved over 800 animal lives and welcoming thousands of visitors every year. Along with Luvin Arms, the Shah’s have also created the Open Sanctuary Project, a digital library and non-profit organization that freely publishes hundreds of resources on how to start, manage and grow an animal sanctuary. The Shahs profound and inspiring commitment to the rescue, rehabilitation, and advocacy for other animals is partnered with their dedicated work to cultivate compassion in people’s perceptions of animals through sanctuary’s tours, Youth Programs, Book Talk series, as well as information on plant-based living, the environment, health, and the facts on animals raised for food.

Luvin Arms logo

Luvin Arms Sanctuary

LUVIN ARMS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit animal sanctuary for abused or neglected farmed animals in Erie, Colorado. The sanctuary’s rescued residents include cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens, horses, goats, sheep, and ducks who were rescued from situations of abuse and neglect, factory farms, religious rituals, slaughterhouse-bound trucks, bankrupt farms, and more. The sanctuary works to provide lifelong social, emotional, and cognitive care to the animal residents, and to advocate for those who have not been rescued by sharing residents’ stories to inspire, educate, and empower others to embrace a more compassionate and sustainable lifestyle.

Luvin’ Arms Sanctuary’s vision is to create a sanctuary of inspiration and connection where people are empowered to create change that leads to more compassionate choices for themselves, for the planet, and justice for all beings. To see a video of the sanctuary’s story visit