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Animals Today August 29, 2015. Ending consumption of dog meat. Greater rights for chimps. Protecting eagles from wind turbines. Animal foster care for military families.

This week’ show is packed with a variety of hot animal stories and fascinating guests. Lori’s first guest is Fia Perera, co-founder of the USA Chapter of No To Dog Meat. It can be hard to think about, but man’s best friend is consumed for food in many places in China as well as Indonesia, […]

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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 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 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 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 […]

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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 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- 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 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 […]

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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 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 – 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 […]

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Animals Today – June 29, 2014. Fighting elephant poaching and the illegal ivory trade.

On this show, Lori welcomed Craig Sholley, Vice President for Philanthropy and Marketing for African Wildlife Foundation. One of Kenya’s iconic elephants, a large 45-year-old male named Satao, was recently killed by poachers for his beautiful, long tusks. Craig discussed how it is possible that 20,000 elephants were killed last year in Africa, what drives the […]

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Animals Today May 11, 2014. Factors associated with dog bite-related fatalities. Privately owned tigers in the US.

Two fascinating guests appeared on this show First up was Donald Cleary, Director of Communications and Publications, National Canine Research Council. He co-authored a recent paper in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, which described potentially preventable factors associated with fatal dog attacks. Lori and Don discussed the findings and its implications on […]

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Animals Today November 10, 2013 – Greyhounds, horses and animal welfare in Ireland.

On this show, Lori was joined by Marion Fitzgibbon, chairperson, Limerick Animal Welfare, Limerick Ireland. In the US, greyhound racing is nearly gone, and many rescue groups and advocates have succeeded in placing thousands of loving greyhounds in homes as pets. However, things are not as favorable in Ireland, where the cruel spectacle of “hare […]

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Animals Today November 3, 2013 – Using MRI to learn how dogs think. How bull hooks were banned in LA

Lori Welcomed two great guests on this show. First, Dr. Gregory Berns, a neuroscientist from Emory University, discussed his research into the brains of dogs. Using functional MRI on awake, cooperative, unrestrained dogs, Berns and his team are exploring how dogs think. What does it take to get a dog to stay still for a […]

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Animals Today October 6, 2013 – Helping dogs and cats in Mexico: Katie Ayres with Cats and Dogs International and Alison Sawyer with Isla Animals

On this show, Peter spoke with two women who are working in Mexico to help needy dogs and cats in. First, Katie Ayres joined us to discuss the work of Cats and Dogs International (CANDi), where she is Operations Manager. They have set up strategic partnerships with the Mexican tourism industry as well as animal […]

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Animals Today – October 13, 2013. Riverside County and Beyond: Shelter and Animal Services Management, with Robert Miller of Riverside County, CA. Also, Lori and Peter analyze PETA’s advertising.

On this show, Lori first  welcomed Robert Miller, Director of Riverside County California’s Department of Animal Services. Riverside, with about 2.2 million people, has many animal shelters, staff, and volunteers. Rob oversees and leads all of it with dedication, humor, and an eye toward the future. Lori asked about the biggest challenges facing Riverside’s shelters, […]

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Animals Today August 11, 2013. Blackfish and Urban Resource Institute’s PALS program

On this show, Lori  reviewed the film, Blackfish, with Director Gabriella Cowperthwaite and former SeaWorld trainer, Samantha Berg, who is featured in the film. Blackfish reveals the truth about the sordid business of housing sea mammals in captivity for profit, and about SeaWorld specifically. This powerful and compelling documentary has received many positive reviews and […]

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Animals Today, August 4, 2013. Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton discusses mediation

On  this show, Lori welcomed attorney Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton, who specializes in resolving animal-related disputes through mediation. There are many reasons to attempt mediation rather than to file a lawsuit, including lower costs, quicker and better resolution, and improved, more practical outcomes for the animals involved. Common areas of dispute include those with neighbors, homeowners […]

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Animals Today June 9, 2013 – Kenneth Phillips, Legal aspects of dog bites; CT State Representative Fred Camillo, Buddy’s Law

This show featured Kenneth Phillips, an Attorney based in Beverly Hills, CA, who specializes exclusively in dog bites. His entire practice consists of representing individuals and families who have been seriously injured by dogs. Listen in to learn the legal risks related to dog bites, what you can do to make bites less likely, and […]

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Animals Today May 12, 2013 – What’s up with the American Kennel Club? Jane Hoffman

This show was devoted to analyzing the activities of the American Kennel Club. Our expert was Jane Hoffman, President and Chair of the Board of Directors, Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. Do you know what the AKC does and how it derives its income?  How about whether it truly promotes the well-being of dogs? Please […]

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Animals Today – April 28, 2013 – Dr. Sophia Yin and Dr. Michael Greger

On this show, Lori first welcomed Dr. Sophia Yin, animal behavior expert, lecturer and author, who spoke about prevention of dog bites. In this wide-ranging discussion, Dr. Yin emphasized the imprtance of training and also explained how to read the body language of dogs. Learn more about her here. Then, Dr. Michael Greger came on […]

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Animals Today – April 21, 2013 Los Angeles Canine Custody Program; Rhino horn poaching

Lori welcomed three guests on this show. The topic for the first two segments was a great new program being conducted at the Los Angeles County Jail called the Custody Canine program. Sergeant Ray Harley, from the LA County sheriff’s department, and Rick Belmonte, of Belmonte’s Dog Training and Equipment described how dogs from shelters […]

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Animals Today April 14, 2013. Dr. Leslie Irvine and Steve Hindi

This show featured two wonderful guests. First, Peter welcomed Dr. Leslie Irvine, who teaches Sociology at University of Colorado, Boulder. She authored a fascinating book titled, My Dog Always Eats First – Homeless People and their Dogs. She gave of numerous first-hand accounts form her research into the lives of homeless and their animals. Highly […]

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Animals Today – November 11, 2012 Marc Bekoff and Paul Koretz

On this show, Lori first was joined by Marc Bekoff to update us on a disturbing situation at Green Mountain College in Vermont. There, two oxen who have been working on the campus farm were slated to be slaughtered and turned into oxenburgers. Nice thanks for your efforts, right? Marc offered his usual thoughtful analysis. […]

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Animals Today – November 4, 2012 Ken Foster discusses I’m a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America’s Most Beautiful (And Misunderstood) Pet

On this show, Lori was joined by author Ken Foster, who discussed the Pit Bull in our society.  In I’m a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America’s Most Beautiful (And Misunderstood) Pet, Ken reviews the history of the breed, explores how where pit bulls have been part of our culture and dispels common misperceptions about them. The […]

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Animals Today – July 8, 2012. Gary Francione

  This week, Lori welcomed Rutgers Law Professor, Gary Francione. A prolithic author and engaging speaker, Gary is one of the true leaders in the animal rights movement. Lori and Gary covered a variety of important topics, with primary themes being the fundamental importance of veganism and efforts to inspire dog and cat lovers to […]

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Animals Today May 27, 2012 – Dr. Elliot Katz, Brandon Yanak, and Dr. Lori Marino

Today’s show featured Dr. Elliot Katz from In Defense of Animals who described the Be a Guardian campaign. He feels the language we use to describe our relationships with our companion animals influences our attitudes and behaviors. So, he prefers the term guardian rather than owner. Then, Brandon Yanak, a young animal advocate, described how […]

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Animals Today – May 20, 2012. Hardy Jones explains Peruvian dolphin strandings. Marina Dervan promotes An Act of Dog

On this show, Lori was first joined by conservation filmmaker and author Hardy Jones. Hardy is recently back from Peru where nearly one thousand dead dolphins and porpoises have washed up onto the beach. He shared some new insight as to why this might have happened. Hardy also has a new book titled The Voice […]

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Animals Today May 7 2012 – CA State Senator Ted Lieu and advocate Jacqueline Mercier Berman

This week’s show featured California State Senator Ted Lieu. Senator Lieu is trying to ban the use of packs of dogs to hunt bears and bobcats in California. If you also are horrified to learn that this practice still exists, listen in and learn what you can do to end it. Senator Lieu has a […]

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Animals Today April 1, 2012 – Helping greyhounds with Christine Dorchak from Grey2K USA; Animal fighting legislation with US Representative Tom Marino

April is National Adopt a Greyhound Month, and this show featured two segments on greyhounds with the head of the country’s premier greyhound advocacy group, Christine Dorchak. Christine described the creulty inherent in the greyhound racing, and Grey 2K USA’s efforts to end the industry. Listen in and learn if you should adopt a greyhound […]

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Animals Today March 25, 2012. Assembly member Amy Paulin, Jane Hoffman, and Laura Allen. The Shelter Access Bill of New York

In segments one and two, New York Assembly member Amy Paulin (from NY’s 88th district), and Jane Hoffman from The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, discussed the Shelter Access Bill in New York State. They made a very convincing case for the law being passed. In segment three, Laura Allen from Animal Law Coalition gave […]

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Animals Today – Feb 26, 2012 – Taucher and Corcoran

On this show we revisited and updated two ongoing and important stories. First, attorney Marla Taucher came on to discuss how the Hayden Law in California (the law that gives animals who enter shelters a few important days to get adopted or reunited before euthanasia) is threatened, and what pet  lovers need to do to […]

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Animals Today Jan 29, 2012 – Bryant and Zebrowski

On this show, Lori first interviewed UCLA Law Professor Taimie Bryant. The  California Hayden law, which she was responsible for drafting, has been successful in reducing the number of animals euthanized in shelters. However, it is now under attack by Governor Jerry Brown. No one knows this material better than Bryant. Listen in to hear […]

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Animals Today – January 15, 2012 – Jenifer Wallis and Allie Phillips

On this show, Lori interviewed attorney and animal advocate, Jenifer Wallis. They discussed the comprehensive dog population control legislation in place in New Hampshire. The effect has been to virtually cure the pet overpopulation problem in the state. Also, they discussed Jenifer’s experiences being vegan in Alabama. Note: There are not many vegans in Alabama, […]

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Animals Today, December 25, 2011 – Robinson and Kriger

First, Lori interviewed Jill Robinson, Founder and CEO of Animals Asia. They discussed the practice of people consuming dogs and cats for food in China. Animals Asia has a number of programs to reduce this practice and to encourage people to regard dogs and cats as pets and companions. Visit Animals Asia here. It is […]

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Animals Today – Dec 12, 2011. Eating a plant-based diet and helping the strays of Mexico

On today’s show Lori interviewed Dr. Donald Forrester, with Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Don advocates a plant-based diet for his patients, and discussed the cardiovascular benefits of omitting all animal products from one’s diet. Visit PCRM here. Then, Lori discussed the problem of stray dogs and cats in Mexico with Marlene Revelen and Ginny […]

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Animals Today November 6, 2011 – Galapagos Update

On this week’s show we featured interviews with two fascinating guests representing different groups in the Galapagos Islands. We met up with them at the 2011 FARM animal rights conference. First, we spoke with Tod Emko, who is President of Darwin Animal Doctors. They bring qualified vets to the Galapagos to help all of the […]

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Animals Today, September 18, 2011 – Dodman and Davidson

On this week’s show, we were first joined by Dr. Nicholas Dodman.  Nick is Professor, Section Head and Program Director of the Animal Behavior Department of Clinical Sciences at the Tufts Cummings school of Veterinary Medicine, book author, media personality and lecturer. He and his colleagues have made some groundbreaking discoveries into canine compulsive disorders, […]

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Animals Today August 28, 2011 Pet Pigs and Presidents’ Dogs

This week’s show began with a mini-rant about the missed opportunity by the Obamas to adopt a dog from a shelter. What an impact that could have had! Instead, Bo came from a breeder via the Kennedys. We are on that topic because the second guest in the hour was Presidential Dog expert, Kate Kelly. […]

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Animals Today show of July 17, 2011

We had two great guests on today’s show. First, we meet whale advocate and former tennis pro Michael Fishbach. He is now with the Great Whale Conservancy, and we recently learned about his work when we viewed his amazing video here. Then, author Dean Koontz joins us to talk about A Big Little Life – […]