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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]


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 – 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 […]


Animals Today – Feb 5, 2012 – – Helping Equines

On this show, Lori first interviewed Susan Wagner, founder of Equine Advocates. Brought up in the racing industry, when Susan discovered the dark side of the horse business, she was shocked.  Now, Susan is one of the country’s leading advocates for equines. They discussed politics, horse slaughter, responsible guardianship and more. Susan was simply brilliant. Vist […]

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Animals Today July 3, 2011: The film, Buck. Southwest Wildlife Foundation.

On today’s show, we feature the documentary film, Buck. Both its star, Buck Brannaman and the creator and director, Cindy Meehl, provide their perspectives on the making of  and the reaction to this Sundance award winning film. Plus we talk about horses and people. Here is the film’s site. This duo rarely does interview together […]