This show featured two great interviews. First, Dr. James Serpell joined Lori to discuss the medical problems common in purebred dogs. They discussed how breeding practices cause relatively high levels of genetic diseases in dogs, as well as the roles of kennel clubs, breeders, veterinarians and the general public concerning this issue. Dr. Serpell is Professor of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, where he also directs the Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society. Take a look at his professional information here. Also, although not discussed on the show, here is a description of research being conducted at UC Davis on genetic markers for diseases in various dog classes. With major funding provided by the AKC, we conclude they are looking for ways to continue maintaining breed lineages without introducing new genetic material from outside the breed.
Then, Lori welcomed attorney Dan Kinburn from Physicians Committee for Resposnible Medicine (PCRM). PCRM has a lawsuit against some of the biggest fast food and family restaurants. The basis of the lawsuit is the presence of proven carcinogens in grilled chicken served at these outlets and their failure to warn the public as required by law. Read about Dan here. And the news with Peter.