Animals Today January 5, 2014 – Michael Markarian reviews recent state legal achievements benefitting animals. Natasha Dolezal discusses the growth of the field of Animal Law

Two fabulous guests joined Lori on this show. First, Michael Markarian discussed the important 2013 legislative achievements for animals in individual states. Mike is President of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, Chief Program and Policy Officer of the HSUS and President of the Fund for Animals. Check out Mike’s blog here. Then, Lori welcomed Natasha […]

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Animals Today – December 29, 2013 – Wolves are in crisis! Can they be saved? Mike Bond provides history and analysis.

Happy New Year to all our friends, listeners, supporters and guests! On this show,  the last one of 2013, Mike Bond joined Lori to give an update on the status of wolves in North America. Mike has written widely on a variety and environmental and animal issues, and is a bestselling novelist, international energy expert, […]

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Animals Today December 22, 2013 – Michael Mountain explains landmark lawsuits from the Nonhuman Rights project aimed at helping 4 chimps in New York. Peter Muller from Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting criticizes Time Magazine article

On this show, Peter welcomed two great guests. First, representing the Nonhuman Rights Project, Michael Mountain discussed the lawsuits recently filed by that group. In three New York State lawsuits filed by attorney Steven Wise and The Nonhuman Rights Project, judges were asked to provide relief to four captive chimpanzees. The legal basis for the suits […]

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Animals Today December 15, 2013 – Marc Bekoff discusses his latest book, Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed

On this show, Marc Bekoff  joined us to discuss his latest book, Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed – The Fascinating Science of Animal Intelligence, Emotions, Friendship and Conservation. Marc is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder as well as a long time contributor to Psychology Today. […]

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Animals Today December 8, 2013. Bob Ferber discusses problems with the American Humane Association’s “no animals were harmed” certifications for films and TV

Recently, a shocking story in the Hollywood Reporter strongly criticized the practices of the American Humane Association, the group that provides the “no animal were harmed” certifications to films and television shows. Many examples of abuse and neglect to animals were alleged, and an animal safety monitoring system simply gone haywire was described. On this […]

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Animals Today November 24, 2013 – The film Parrot Confidential with Allison Argo and Karen Windsor

On this show we discussed the new film, Parrot Confidential, by award winning filmmaker, Allison Argo. There are many problems associated with having parrots as pets due to their complex social behavior, and long lifespans. Consequently, there are thousands of parrots in sanctuaries needing adoption, because families often give them up or abandon them. Argo brings all […]

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Animals Today November 17, 2013: Birds, Bats Wind Turbines and Problems with Green Energy featuring Mark Duchamp

On this show Mark Duchamp from Save the Eagles International launched a devastating assault on conventional green energy thinking on behalf of birds, bats and indeed all animals and the environment. Mark explained wind farms will cause the extinction of many bird and bat species, especially if the planned expansion of their use worldwide proceeds. […]

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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 October 27, 2013: Animals Today – October 27, 2013: Bird Conservation in the Americas with Steve Holmer from American Bird Conservancy. Plus helping injured birds

On this show, Peter interviewed Steve Holmer to get updated on issues facing birds in the wild throughout the Americas. Steve is Senior Policy Advisor and Director of the Bird Conservation Alliance, American Bird Conservancy. They discussed which species are threatened, which birds are doing well, and what the important dangers to birds are. Recent research […]

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Animals Today – October 20, 2013. Protecting Native Species of Australia

On this show, we traveled down under with Atticus Fleming, who leads Australian Wildlife Conservancy. Their mission is the effective conservation of all Australian animal species and the habitats in which they live. Since European colonization, Australia has lost many animals to extinction. Yet the country still has a great level of biodiversity. The AWC […]

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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 – September 22, 2013 – Becky Robinson talks Feral Cats and, why do we oppose rodeos?

On this show, Lori was joined by Becky Robinson, Co-founder and President, Alley Cat Allies. Feral cats, or community cats, are literally everywhere.  October 16 is National Feral Cat Day, and Lori and Becky discussed various issues concerning feral cats including ways to manage them. Also, listen in to hear Becky’s take on the feral cat […]

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Animals Today September 15, 2013 Carol Glasser, PhD. Progress for Science’s opposition of UCLA vivisection. What motivates hunters?

On this week’s show, Lori was joined by Sociologist Dr. Carol Glasser. Dr. Glasser is a co-founder of Progress for Science, a grassroots campaign focused on ending vivisection at University of California, Los Angeles. They discussed  animal welfare violations in UC animal labs, whether testing on animals provides useful information about human disease, the role […]

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Animals Today September 9, 2013 Jan Creamer and Dr. Neal Barnard. Flying with cats and debating about service and assistance animals.

Two great guests appeared on this show, both internationally renowned leaders. First Jan Creamer, President and CEO, Animal Defenders International, discussed ADI’s new film, Lion Ark. ADI’s network of representatives and operatives in South America have succeeded in obtaining exotic animal circus bans in multiple countries, an incredible victory. The recently released documentary depicts not […]

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Animals Today September 1, 2013. Will Potter – Green is the New Red

On this show, Lori spoke with Will Potter, award-winning independent journalist. Will’s recent book is titled, Green is the New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege. Will has documented how corporations and government agencies are using their ever-expanding powers to oppose and even imprison non-violent environmental and animal activists. Lori and […]

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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 – July 14, 2013: Richard Schwartz and Michael Fishbach

Two fabulous guests joined us on this show. First, Lori welcomed Richard Schwartz, President of Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA) and Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians (SERV). Richard is diligently working on growing the transformed and reborn Jewish holiday, “New Year for Animals” and updated us on his progress. It is a big idea […]

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Opposition to Crush Videos – Marla Stormwolf Patty and Anthony Damiano from Stopcrush

On this show, Lori explored the phenomenon of crush videos with the co-founders of Stopcrush, Marla Stormwolf Patty and Anthony Damiano. Crush videos depict actual torture and killing of small animals by provocatively dressed women. The women, sporting high heels, literally crush the animals to death after other methods of horrific torture are inflicted.  Those […]

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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, March 3, 2013. Bob Vetere and Suzi Eszterhas

Sunday’s show featured two great guests! First, Bob Vetere, President and CEO of American Pet Products Association provided a market and industry update. The 2013 Global Pet Expo has just concluded, and Bob shared his observations and insights on products and services related to our companion animals. Growth of the industry is strong. Visit the […]

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Animals Today March 3, 2013 – Brenda Peterson and Bobbi Brink

This show featured two remarkable guests. First, novelist, investigative reporter and advocate for sea mammals, Brenda Peterson joined Lori. The use of extremely loud sonar by the US Navy not only disrupts the communication (and thus the behavior) of whales and dolphins, but can kill them. Clear evidence is accumulating that the exercises and tests […]

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Animals Today February 24, 2013 – Dr. Randy Frost discusses animal hoarding

This week, Peter welcomed Smith College Professor of Psychology, Randy Frost, to explore the minds and behaviors of animal hoarders. Frost is an internationally recognized leader in the field of hoarding and his latest book, Stuff – Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things (co-authored with Gail Steketee), has received great reviews. Check it out […]

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Animals Today February 10, 2013: Michelle Thew, Cruelty Free International

Lori welcomed a wonderful guest for the hour, Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of Cruelty Free International and  British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection. The EU has finally banned all testing on animals for cosmetic development, the fruit of a decades long effort. Lori and Michelle discussed how that occurred, and the far-ranging implications for […]

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Animals Today – February 3, 2013 – Dr. Michael Greger discusses plant-based diets

World renowned nutrition authority, Dr. Michael Greger, joined Lori on this show with the latest facts and research supporting the health benefits of plant based diets. And, the evidence continues to get progressively stronger. What happens to your body when you consume meat or dairy? How does a plant based diet reduce inflammation and why is […]

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Animals Today – January 20, 2013 Steven M. Wise & the Nonhuman Rights Project

On this show, Lori was joined by Attorney Steven M. Wise. Steven is President of the Nonhuman Rights Project, and has served as an animal protection attorney for thirty years. The Nonhuman Rights Project aims to achieve greater rights for animals through legal means, state by state, case by case, species by species. Soon it will […]

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Animals Today – December 23, 2012 Dr. Lawrence Hansen discusses animal research committees

On this show, Dr. Lawrence Hansen, Professor of Pathology, UC San Diego School of Medicine, joined Lori to discuss his recent article, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees Need Greater Ethical Diversity. Dr. Hansen is a well-known Physician-scientist, as well as a strong advocate for the welfare and rights of all animals. Larry also discussed the […]

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Animals Today – December 16, 2012 Dr. Richard Oppenlander discusses the oceans

On this show,  Dr. Richard Oppenlander returned to speak about the poor state of our oceans. Not only are we depleting their resources, we are thoroughly ruining their health. Many factors are at play including overfishing (or as Richard prefers, simply “fishing”), acidification, global warming, oversue of fertilizers, oil exploration and more. Is it too […]

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Animals Today December 9, 2012: Frank Hoffman

On this show, Frank Hoffman from all-creatures, joined Lori to discuss various aspects of animal welfare from religious perspectives. Frank is a former Jewish- United Methodist Pastor and provided many fascinating insights about how our religious leaders and beliefs both hinder and advance the welfare of animals. There is much work to do.     […]

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Animals Today – December 2, 2012. Craig Sholley, African Wildlife Foundation. Conservation of Gorillas and other wildlife

On this show, Lori was joined by Vice President of of Philanthropy and Marketing for African Wildlife Foundation, Craig Sholley. Craig discussed the results of the most recent Mountain Gorilla census, as well as the ongoing threats to their survival. African Wildlife Foundation has existed for 50 years and works to help both people and animals […]

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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 – October 28, 2012. Dr. Richard Oppenlander discusses Global Depletion and his book, Comfortably Unaware

On this show, Lori was joined by author, lecturer, consultant and entrepreneur, Dr. Richard Oppenlander. Richard persuasively argued that our diets are directly responsible for harming the earth. Richard’s book, Comfortably Unaware: Global depletion and food responsibility…what you choose to eat is killing our planet, outlines the unsustainability of our meat and dairy -intensive diets, […]

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Animals Today October 21, 2012 – Advancing the Interests of Animals

On this show, Lori and Peter discussed the animmal welfare group, Advancing the Interests of Animals. AIA is the main sponsor of Animals Today, and its stated mission is “to improve the lives of animals and to encourage increased compassion and respect for all living creatures. We act directly with focused campaigns to help animals, and […]

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Animals Today – Oct 7, 2012: Michele Diselets, Orangutan Land Trust

On this show, Lori welcomed the Executive Director of the Orangutan Land Trust, Michele Diselets. Orangutans are under serious threat due to habitat destruction from logging and palm oil production, as well as the pet trade. Listen in to learn about these great apes, Michele’s oustanding work with Orangutan Land Trust, and how you can […]

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Animals Today – September 30, 2012. Steve Hindi and Susan Dapsis

On this show, Lori first welcomed Steve Hindi from SHARK. In Pennsylvania, canned pigeon shoots still are being conducted, despite being illegal. Steve has been fighting these amazingly cruel shoots and has discovered unsavory characters and government official corruption. His challenge to debate the NRA on canned pigeon ahoots has gone unanswered. Visit Steve’s websites […]

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Animals Today – September 23, 2012 Jennifer Conrad – The Paw Project. Feral cat colony conflict.

This show featured Jennifer Conrad from the Paw Project who discussed the soon to be released documentery of the same name. The film is a moving and inspiring account of the cruelty of feline declawing and the efforts to ban it. Please visit her website here and make sure to see the film when it […]

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Animals Today – September 16, 2012. Monica Murphy discusses her new book, RABID

On this show, Veterinarian Monica Murphy came on to discuss her new book, RABID – A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus. Co-authored with her husband and Wired Editor Bill Wasik, Lori and Monica discussed what rabies is , how it was tamed and which animals and people still can get it. The […]

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Animals Today September 2, 2012: Dr. Karen Davis and Dr. Dick Green

On this show, Dr. Karen Davis, Founder and President of United Poultry Concerns joined Lori to discuss two of their campaigns. The Yom Kippur ritual, Kaparos, practiced by some orthodox Jews, involves spinning live chickens around one’s head prior to killing it. Karen discussed the End Chickens as Kaparos Campaign. Lori and Karen then talked […]

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Joyce Tischler, Animal Legal Defense Fund – The History of Animal Rights Law

On this show, Joyce Tischler returned to recount the fascinating legal history of animal rights. Joyce is co-founder of Animal Legal Defense Fund, where she served as Executive Director for 25 years and now serves as the agency’s general counsel. It is remarkable how much progress in animal rights has been made in the past […]

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Animals Today August 5 2012: David Casselman and the Lawsuit against the LA Zoo

Also make sure to visit Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary – this is also covered in the show and is yet another incredible project led by Mr. Casselman. And here is David’s profile from his law firm website.

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Animals Today – July 15, 2012 – Joyce Tischler, General Counsel, Animal Legal Defense Fund

This week, Lori welcomed Joyce Tischler, General Counsel, Animal Legal Defense Fund. More than 30 years ago, Joyce co-founded ALDF and has served as Executive Director for 25 years. Lori and Joyce discussed Animal Law, the activities and campaigns of the ALDF, the recent closing of the Cal Cruz Hatchery, animal protection laws in Canada, […]

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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 June 17, 2012 Debi Boies, Patrick Regan & Michael Mountain

This Week’s show featured Debi Boies, President and Co-founder of Pilots N Paws, and author Patrick Regan, whose book, Dog is My Copilot, details the activities of Debi’s non-profit organization. Listen to learn how dedicate private pilots are helping animals, shelters and rescue groups, as well as who gets to fly and why. Learn more […]

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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 […]