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Animals Today – August 22, 2015: Adventures in cruelty free shopping. Will a Texas radio Veterinarian get shut down? Dog and cat vaccinations – all you need to know.

This show began with Lori describing two of her many adventures in cruelty free shopping. Some store owners do not know what to make of her, and Lori concluded her comments by stating that there no longer is any need to use products derived form animals. Then Peter interviewed Institute for Justice lawyer, Rob Peccola, […]

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Animals Today August 16, 2015. The Killing of Cecil causes hunter to quit. Protecting pangolins.

On this show, Lori’s first guest was Chris Lee, a South African businessman and former hunter. After learning about the killing of Cecil the lion, Chris was compelled to examine his personal history as a recreational hunter, and consequently turned in his rifle and publicly quit hunting. Chris shared his inspiring story of self-discovery and […]

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Animals Today – August 9, 2015. The Killing of Cecil – Part 2

This show began with a quick rundown of this week’s news and events following the illegal killing Zimbabwe’s iconic lion, Cecil. Then Lori welcomed back to the show Professor Lisa Kemmerer of Montana State University, Billings, who offered her perspective on sport and trophy hunting, including some of the mythology that surrounds and sustains hunting. The […]

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Animals Today – August 2, 2015. The Killing of Cecil

This show is dedicated to the killing of Cecil, the majestic and beloved lion, by Dentist and trophy hunter, Walter Palmer. Our featured guest was Jane Velez-Mitchell, animal advocate, author, and investigative journalist. Lori and Jane discussed various aspects of the brutal murder, what should happen to Palmer, the possible impact of these events on the […]

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Animals Today – July 26, 2015. Professor Lisa Kemmerer discusses her book, Eating Earth- Environmental Ethics and Dietary Choice.

On this show, Professor Lisa Kemmerer joined Peter to discuss her book, Eating Earth- Environmental Ethics and Dietary Choice. Peter and Lisa touched on each of the main topics in the volume, which are the environmental damage caused by farming, fishing and hunting. Using numerous diagrams, simple but powerful calculations and indisputable facts, Kemmerer’s book […]

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Animals Today July 12, 2015: Is John Stossel swimming in the shallow end of the gene pool? Answering Stossel’s Green Tyranny broadcast. Plus, making music with great apes. And Lori discusses animal cruelty.

A recent episode of Stossel, the libertarian-oriented Fox News weekly show, titled “Green Tyranny” includes a segment criticizing the opponents of SeaWorld, and the film Blackfish. We were shocked by some of the points Mr. Stossel attempted to make, so to examine the claims on this episode, Lori spoke with Dr. Lori Marino, Founder and […]

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Animals Today – July 5, 2015: Sharks and Rays under pressure. Can they be adequately protected? Disaster preparedness for everyone.

On this show, Peter welcomed Sonja Fordham, President of Shark Advocates International to discuss threats to shark and ray populations. They talked about the still all too prevalent practice of finning, the fascinating and endangered sawfish, hunting contests aimed at cownose rays, and other topics concerning populations of sharks, rays and skates. The hour concluded with an […]

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Animals Today June 28, 2015: Is horse urine in your pills? Getting animals out of war zones. Commentary: Animal cruelty and its causes.

The first guest of this hour was Susan Wagner, President of Equine Advocates. The urine of pregnant mares is used to produce estrogen and hormone-replacement drugs such as Premarin, PremPro and PremPhase – and now DUAVEE, a “PremPro-Lite” which contains Premarin. Susan explained the history of these drugs, how harmful they are to the people who […]

Animals Today June 14, 2015. Use and misuse of dog breed labels – Everything you want to know

This show goes into detail about the practice of labeling the suspected breed of dogs by visual inspection, and other factors that can shape how we think about dogs’ personalities. First up was Victoria Voith, Professor at Western University of Health Sciences.  Voith’s research concerns the limitations in labeling of dog breeds and the consequences […]

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Animals Today June 7, 2015: Dr. Kirshner interviews Kathy Davis, Director of San Antonio Animal Care Services

In this interview, Kathy Davis describes how San Antonio’s Animal Care services went for dismal to being a model for other cities to follow.  

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Animals Today May 31, 2015. The pervasive cruelty of the horse racing industry.

This show began with Peter recounting of the horrific death of Eight Belles at the 2008 Kentucky Derby, who collapsed on the track with two broken legs and was euthanized right there. From birth to death racehorses almost never enjoy good, happy, pain-free lives.  Lori’s guest was Jo Anne Normile, Co-founder and President of Saving Baby Equine […]

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Animals Today May 24, 2015: Companion animals and divorce. Dogs assisting veterans. Great news from San Antonio Animal Care Services. The end of horse slaughter in the US. Would you break into a car to save a dog?

This show featured a variety of stellar guests! First, Philadelphia based family law attorney Mark Momjian joined Lori to discuss how the law regards companion animals in cases of divorce. Even though pets are generally considered property, judges are increasingly treating them as a special class, as they should. Second up was Dori Scofield, Vice President […]

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Animals Today – May 17, 2015. Hidden dog park hazards. Doggie Dementia. Close encounters with spiders and snakes.

First, Lori welcomed Los Angeles based attorney Ken Phillips, who specializes in legal issues related to dogs. Ken is a nationally renowned authority who has made many media appearances. Dog parks can be wonderful places, but the risks and hazards to people and dogs in and around the parks are real. Ken shared his decades […]

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Animals Today May 10, 2015: Does your estate plan include your companion animals? Life’s not fun for circus animals.

http://animalstodayradio.com/audio/051015.mp3 On this show Lori welcomed Frances Carlisle, a New York based attorney who specializes in estate planning. Frances is a nationally known expert in advising clients how to make sure their dogs, cats and other nonhuman family members are taken care of when the guardians are no longer around. Too many of us do […]

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Animals Today May 3, 2015. Deceptive and fraudulent labeling of faux fur: learn how to ensure the products you buy are cruelty free. Good news for circus elephants.

   Lori’s first guest for the show was Pierre Grzybowski, policy enforcement Manager for the Humane Society of the United State’s Fur-Free Campaign.  Pierre explained how garments, shoes and handbags marked and advertised as being composed of synthetic materials may actually have animal fur or hair. The HSUS is a strong voice against this practice […]

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Animals Today April 26, 2015: Will bear hunting resume in Florida? Transporting dogs to safe homes.

On this show, two wonderful guests joined Lori. First on was Laura Bevan, Southern Regional Director of the Humane Society of the United States. Recently a few bear attacks have occurred in Florida, and even though it is clear the bears were attracted to improperly managed trash, hunting groups have advanced proposals to reopen bear hunting in […]

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Animals Today April 19, 2015. Wildlife killing contests. Devocalization legislation. Earth Week celebrates its 45th birthday

Big show here. First Lori was joined by Camilla Fox, Founder and Executive Director of Project Coyote. Camilla explained the origins and ongoing practice of having contests to kill wildlife, typically done under the guise of conservation or protection of agricultural interests. California has banned the practice and now Project Coyote and other groups are working […]

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Animals Today April 12, 2015. Animal cruelty and neglect: Understanding causes and seeking solutions.

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, so on today’s show we featured discussions about the cruelty involved in dogfighting and the connection between interpersonal violence and animal cruelty. First, Lori gave her perspectives on the cruelty involved in organized dogfighting and Michael Vick’s activities in particular, with commentary from around the time his […]

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Animals Today April 5, 2015. All about Roadrunners. Canned hunting of specially bred unusual animals.

This show featured a great discussion about the roadrunner, one of the most distinctive animals of the Southwest. This interview with naturalist and author Jim Cornett, which originally aired in 2009, is packed with facts and delightful stories about roadrunners. Listen in to find out how they eat rattlesnakes and scorpions, where they go in the […]

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Animals Today March 22, 2015. The connection between dog breeding and euthanasia. What is holding the animal welfare movement back? Best Friends has a new Chief Digital Officer.

This show began with Lori speaking to Elizabeth Oreck, National Manager of Puppy Mill Initiatives for Best Friends Animal Society about the connection between intentional dog breeding, overpopulation and euthanasia of homeless dogs. For years, Lori has been explaining how dog breeders contribute to shelter crowding and consequently to the killing of far too many adoptable […]

Animals Today – March 15, 2015. From Holocaust Survivor to Animal Rights Activist: The incredible story of Dr. Alex Hershaft. Great News for Circus Elephants.

On this show, Lori welcomed an extraordinary guest and a leader in the field of Animals Rights. Dr. Alex Hershaft, Founder and President of Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) told the story of his journey from the Warsaw ghetto to a life of advocating for the rights of non-human animals. The parallels he draws between the treatment […]

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Animals Today March 1, 2015 The growing popularity of vegetarianism, veganism and animal advocacy in modern Jewish life. Killing in the name of conservation.

This show featured Jeffrey Cohan, Executive Director of Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA). Led by a strong movement in Israel, but rapidly expanding in Europe and North America, a growing number of Jewish people and leaders are embracing vegetarianism, veganism, and animal advocacy in general. Cohan explained why this is occurring, how plant-based diets are […]

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Animals Today – February 22, 2015 – Rescuing dogs from puppy mills. Animal welfare groups adopt humane menus. California foie gras legal battles. Pet products gone wild.

This show, Lori welcomed three guests covering diverse topics. First up was Theresa Strader, Founder and Executive Director of National Mill Dog Rescue. The mission of National Mill Dog Rescue is “to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome discarded breeding dogs and to educate the general public about the cruel realities of the commercial dog breeding industry.” […]

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Animals Today – February 15, 2015. Captive hunting critique. Will New York ban cat declawing? Giraffe populations under pressure.

This show began with Joe Meile from Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting (C.A.S.H.). Following allegations of a connection between actor Matthew McConaughey and a canned hunting ranch, we wanted to learn more about how these operations operate. Joe is one of the country’s leading opponents of hunting and provided the disturbing details. Then, NYS assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal described […]

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Animals Today – February 8, 2015. Flying dogs to safety. Hawaii’s colossal kitty sanctuary. Racehorse death rate alarmingly high – what can be done?

This show featured three guests from around the US. First, Lori spoke with Jonathan Plesset and Brad Childs, co-founders of Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team (PAART).  These aviators have used their flying skills to begin and grow a regional air transport group, specializing in dogs in need of urgent relocation. They offered a lot of information, including […]

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Animals Today – February 1, 2015. Exploring gender differences in how we relate to animals. Free roaming cats: New survey asks, how does the public want them to be treated?

This show featured two wonderful guests. First on was anthrozoologist Hal Herzog, book author, blogger, researcher and Professor of Psychology at Western Carolina University. Have you ever wondered if girls and women care more about animals than boys and men? Which sex tends to be more active in animal rights and welfare issues? And, which sex […]

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Animals Today – December 28, 2014. The joys of living with pet rabbits. Healthy eating for cats

The final show of 2014 featured two wonderful guests! First, Lori welcomed Dr. Anne Martin, Executive Director of the House Rabbit Society. Have you ever wondered if you are a “rabbit person?” What do rabbits need to be healthy and happy at home? Lori and Anne discussed many aspects of having rabbits as companion animals […]

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Animals Today- December 21, 2014. Compassionate conservation. Greater legal rights for nonhuman species. Hormone replacement therapy can harm dogs and cats.

This was a big show featuring three wonderful guests! First up was Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., former Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Recently a Harvard biologist working in Guyana came across a huge exotic spider (a Goliath bird […]

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Animals Today, December 7, 2014 – Animal Assisted Therapy: Separating fact from fiction. Do owners of emotional support animals abuse the rest of us?

On this show, Lori  first welcomed Professor Hal Herzog, one of the world’s most influential Anthrozoologists. In a recent Psychology Today article, Herzog criticized much of the research about the value of using animals in the treatment of emotional, mental and physical diseases. His recent book is titled, Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some […]

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Animals Today November 30, 2014. The truth about turkeys. Holiday animal safety. Cool new species found.

On this show, Lori began by welcoming Dr. Karen Davis, President of United Poultry Concerns. The Presidential “pardon” of two turkeys (named “Mac” and “Cheese”) and Mr. Obama’s comments set the stage for a discussion with the world’s foremost advocate for chickens, turkeys and other birds people like to eat. Karen authored More Than a Meal: […]

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Animals Today November 23, 2014. Bear hunting controversy. Animal cruelty reporting gets elevated. New videos to improve law enforcements’s interactions with dogs.

Three guests appeared on this show: First, Joe Miele, President of Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting. Joe offered his opinions on the recent killing of a 510 lb. bear in North Carolina by hunting celebrity, Eva Shockey. Then, Attorney Bob Ferber explained the significance of changes in the FBI’s crime reporting registry, which will now […]

Animals Today November 16, 2014 – The culture of youth rodeo and western style events utilizing animals: What lessons are learned?

On this show, Lori welcomed Eric Mills, one of the country’s leading voices in opposition to animal cruelty in rodeo and rodeo style events, and in agriculture. Eric is Founder and Coordinator of Action for Animals, and serves as a Board member of PawPAC and the Ohlone Humane Society. They started off with Eric’s comments about […]

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Animals Today, November 2, 2014. Hidden and not so hidden risks of having dogs, featuring former LA Animal Cruelty Prosecutor, Bob Ferber.

As much joy as we get from living with dogs, and being their guardians and owners, there are real risks in doing so. Most people are not aware of the serious nature of these risks, or seriously underestimate them, according to Humane Education authority and former Los Angeles Animal Cruelty Prosecutor, Bob Ferber. Each year […]

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Animals Today – October 19, 2014 – Compassion Fatigue: Recognizing and managing this common condition.

On this show, Lori welcomed Patricia Smith for an in-depth discussion about a common condition, compassion fatigue. Caregivers and people in all helping professions are susceptible to this type of secondary traumatic stress, resulting in apathy, isolation, bottled-up emotions, substance abuse and other self-destructive behaviors. Individuals who work with animals are particularly susceptible to compassion […]

Animals Today – October 26, 2014 – Misuse and overuse of antibiotics in agriculture – how our health is at risk. Protecting dogs from Parvo. Pit Bull awareness month and news.

This show featured two guests from National Resources Defense Council who described the problems associated with widespread overuse of low-level antibiotics in livestock and poultry.  First on was Dr. Carmen Cordova who serves as the NRDC’s Sustainable Livestock Science Fellow. Then, Peter welcomed Jonathan Kaplan, Director of the Food And Agricultural Program at the Council. It is firmly […]

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Animals Today October 12, 2014 – Did that dog really need to be shot? Improving management of dog encounters by police. A model program to help pay for emergency Vet care for needy families.

This show featured former LA animal cruelty prosecutor Bob Ferber, who discussed the problems that often occur when police officers encounter dogs. A few months ago in Michigan, a dog in his backyard was shot and killed by an officer who was looking for a suspect. The officer said he feared for his own safety. Consequently, […]

Animals Today, October 5, 2014. Medical evidence supports plant-based diets for health. Religious basis for veganism from a Jewish perspective. Irksome dog and cat behaviors. Happy and Safe Dogs and Cats – a Spanish language program.

This show started with a discussion on the health benefits of plant based diets with Cardiologist Dr. Joel Kahn. Dr. Kahn, who was just finishing his training when the pivotal Ornish study was published, advocates a healthy vegan diet as a central part of heart health for his patients. Here’s Joel’s website. eat your veggies, everyone! Then, […]

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Animals Today, September 28, 2014: Humane Education featuring Bob Ferber

This show is all about humane education, what it is and isn’t, how programs are implemented and how their effects are assessed. Attorney Bob Ferber, founder of Baron’s Buddies, has been directly involved in humane education for more than a decade, and shared his experiences bringing three legged cats and one-eyed dogs into classrooms to teach kindness […]

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Animals Today – September 21, 2014. Legal challenge to the Phoenix ban on the sale of dogs and cats. Perspectives on breeding and dog overpopulation. Pet store success with humane business practices.

To begin this show, Lori was joined by  Chris Green, Director of Legislative Affairs, Animal Legal Defense Fund.  In December 2013, Phoenix passed an ordinance that would prohibit pet stores from selling dogs and cats obtained from puppy mills. Soon after a lawsuit was filed challenging the ordinance, delaying its enactment. Chris Green  provided his […]

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Animals Today September 14, 2014. Community cat management: Sane and humane treatment of the felines around us.

This show featured an in-depth discussion of community cats with Peter Wolf, Cat Initiatives Analyst, Best Friends Animal Society. Free-roaming cats or feral cats, also called community cats because they are all around us, often trigger controversy as cities, neighborhoods, animal services departments, and animal welfare organizations try to interact with them humanely and effectively. […]

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Animals Today September 7, 2014. Solar power plants are killing birds. The use of live animals for training purposes in medical residencies is waning.

This show featured two excellent guests. First on was Michael Hutchins, PhD., with American Bird Conservancy, who described the hazards birds face due to large solar plants. Recent reporting has included photos of birds literally burned and killed in flight. Michael explained the scope of the problem and what might be done to protect the birds while […]

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Animals Today August 17, 2014. Animal welfare innovations in Maricopa County, Arizona. Turtle movies are not good for real turtles.

On this show, two great guests joined Lori. First, Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County Arizona discussed the animal welfare programs he has implemented over the past 15 years. Known as America’s toughest sheriff, Joe continues to roll out innovations including the Animal Cruelty Investigative Unit, various programs where inmates work directly with abused and […]

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Animals Today August 10, 2014. The cruelty of horse racing. Ebola, animals and you.

This show featured two fascinating guests. Lori first welcomed Patrick Battuello, who writes the blog, Horseracing Wrongs.  This summer, an unusually large number of horses are breaking down at the Del Mar, California track. Usually, this means the horses get euthanized. Patrick is a vocal and extremely knowledgeable critic of racing, and discussed what is […]

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Animals Today July 27, 2014. The harmful effects of rodent poisons on pets, people and wildlife. Cats control our lives.

Poisons to control infestations of rodents are widely used and easy to obtain. However, rat or mouse poisons, or rodenticides, are toxic products that can cause illness and even death of non-target wildlife, pets and people. On this show, we learned about the poisons and their harmful effects from two expert guests. First, Lori welcomed Jonathan […]

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Animals Today – July 13, 2014. The cruelty of bullfighting. Pet Peeves.

On this show we welcomed Steve Hindi, President of SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) to discuss the status of bullfighting around the world. In 2011, the Spanish region of Catalonia held its final bullfight before a ban went into effect, ending a centuries-long tradition. But will other cities, regions and countries follow?  In an explosive rant […]