We begin with a discussion with Dr. Diana Marmorstein, CEO of Harpseals.org. Another season of the Canadian seal hunt is upon us, with the cruel and unnecessary killing huge numbers of juvenile seals. This practice needs to be ended for good.
We continue with surveys about cute animals and SeaWorld, a story about prolonging dogs’ lifespans, a marvelous tale of the bond between a penguin and a man, and a discussion about neighborhood tensions caused by dog waste.
Then, Lori speaks with Melissa Amarello, Co-founder and Director of Education of Advocates for Snake Preservation. Each year, tens of thousands of rattlesnakes are slaughtered for entertainment and profit at “rattlesnake roundups.” But there is no evidence that such events are needed to control the population as claimed.
The show wraps up with Jeffrey Flocken, with International Fund for Animal Welfare, where he is Regional Director, North America. Jeffrey explains that Hawaii is a major player in the illegal ivory trade, and a recent study documented that commerce in ivory and other illegal animal-derived products still thrives there.