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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 – 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 – 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 15, 2015. Captive hunting critique. Will New York ban cat declawing? Giraffe populations under pressure.

This show began with Joe Meile from Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting (C.A.S.H.). Following allegations of a connection between actor Matthew McConaughey and a canned hunting ranch, we wanted to learn more about how these operations operate. Joe is one of the country’s leading opponents of hunting and provided the disturbing details. Then, NYS assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal described […]

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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 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 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, […]

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Animals Today August 17, 2014. Animal welfare innovations in Maricopa County, Arizona. Turtle movies are not good for real turtles.

On this show, two great guests joined Lori. First, Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County Arizona discussed the animal welfare programs he has implemented over the past 15 years. Known as America’s toughest sheriff, Joe continues to roll out innovations including the Animal Cruelty Investigative Unit, various programs where inmates work directly with abused and […]

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Animals Today June 15, 2014 Center for Biological Diversity takes aim at Wildlife Services. Injuries at zoos and the law.

On this show, Lori welcomed two outstanding guests. First was Tim Ream, Staff Attorney, Endangered Species Program at the Center for Biological Diversity. Four groups have filed a petition with US government officials demanding better regulation of and transparency from Wildlife Services. Many people do not know that Wildlife Services, a federal agency under the USDA, […]

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Animals Today – May 18, 2014. Federal government sued over wind farm regulations. Repopulating wild bison herds: A good idea?

On Sunday’s Show, Lori welcomed three acclaimed guests. The first topic revolved around the lawsuit recently filed by the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) against the Department of the Interior, which is now able to approve 30-year permits for wind farms. Dr. Michael Hutchins, National Coordinator, Bird Smart Wind Energy Campaign, American Bird Conservancy, explained what […]

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Animals Today – Sunday March 16, 2014 CA Assemblymember Richard Bloom introduces the Orca Welfare and Safety Act. Kim Sturla from Animal Place discusses the Food for Thought program. Greyhound racing in decline.

Two great guests appeared on this show. First, California Assemblymember Richard Bloom joined Lori to discuss the Orca Welfare and Safety Act. The goal of this legislation is to phase out killer whale captivity in the state. Mr. Bloom is the bill’s sponsor, and he explained how he became interested in this topic, what exactly the […]

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Animals Today – Sunday February 16, 2014: Adam Roberts criticizes the killing of the Copenhagen Zoo giraffe. Stacy Wolf discusses big New York cockfighting bust and bird rescue.

On this show, two wonderful guests appeared. First, Adam Roberts  joined Lori to discuss the killing of Marius, a healthy juvenile giraffe in Copenhagen’s zoo. Worldwide shock and criticism has followed this incredibly horrifying and unnecessary event. Adam Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and Chairman of the Board, Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, will […]

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 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 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 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 5, 2013 CT State Representative Diana Urban and Action for Animals’ Eric Mills

Two great guests appeared on this show. First, CT State Representative, Diana Urban, joined Lori to Discuss new legislation she is sponsoring. HB 6690 would place a legal advocate (law student or lawyer) for animals in courtrooms, in cases where abuse or neglect has occurred.  This would be a huge development, and Lori voiced her […]

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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 – 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 – 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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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 – 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 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 […]

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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 March 18, 2012 Kim Sturla from Animal Place Sanctuary; Dr. John Pippin, Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act

This show featured the wonderful Kim Sturla who heads up Animal Place, near Sacramento. WOW, they recently rescued more than 4,000 hens. We discussed what one does with all those birds, and the value of farmed animal sancturaries. Then, Dr. John Pippin from PCRM described the Great Ape Protection and Cost Saving Act. Read more […]

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Animals Today March 11, 2012: Rights for cetaceans and cockfighting bust

Two great guests appeared on this week’s show. First, Peter interviewed Chris Butler-Stroud, Chief Executive of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS). At February’s AAAS meeting, Chris led a panel discussion on rights for cetaceans. Should whales and dolphins have more rights than they do now, given their high level of intelligence, self-awareness and […]

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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 8, 2012 – PA State Senator Andy Dinniman and Joe Dwyer on humane euthanasia legislation. Gary Mansir, with Camp Bow Wow Portland

On today’s show, Lori began with a fascinating discussion about the use of gas for euthanasia of companion animals. Her guests were Pennsylvania State Senator Andy Dinniman, and animal advocate Joe Dwyer. Euthanasia by gas is very cruel and they are working to advance legislation (Daniel’s Law) to ban its use in the state. Looks like […]

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Animals Today May 15, 2011: Journal of Animal Ethics; abuse of movie elephants; cruelty of horse-drawn carriages

Prof. Priscilla Cohn – the Journal of Animal Ethics. Matt Rossell from Animal Defenders International – abuse of the elephant, TAI, star of Water for Elephants. Katherine Hutchison, horse-drawn carriages in NYC.

Animals Today April 24, 2011: Leane Cronquist, Farm Sanctuary – Easter bunnies and chicks. Kenneth Newman, DVM – Gracie’s law in Florida. David Dosa, MD – Making Rounds with Oscar

Appearing on this show: Leane Cronquist, Farm Sanctuary – Easter bunnies and chicks. Kenneth Newman, DVM – Gracie’s law in Florida. David Dosa, MD – Making Rounds with Oscar