Governor Jerry Brown has just signed a bill into law that makes California the country’s leader in reducing the routine, irresponsible and harmful use of antibiotics in animal agriculture. More antibiotics are used in agriculture than for human disease, and their use causes the creation of antibiotic resistant bacteria that harm and kill people. Jonathan Kaplan, Director of the Food and Agricultural Program at National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) joins Peter to explain the anticipated impact of this law as well as the challenges that remain.
Then, Lori speaks with Dori Scofield, Vice President of Guardians of Rescue, about their program, Paws of War. Paws of War trains and certifies rescued dogs to provide services to veterans with disorders such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Then, UCLA Professor Daniel Blumstein joins Peter to discuss possible risks of ecotourism and nature based tourism to animals. The behaviors, physical characteristics and biology of habituated animals may be altered with prolonged contact with tourists, making the animals less alert to predation.
Finally, Lori and Peter discuss some of their close encounters with creepy animals and how they humanely relocated them.
Thanks for listening!