The show begins with Dr. Toni Frohoff from In Defense of Animals speaking with Lori about ongoing issues at SeaWorld. The captive whale breeding program will be halted but what will become of those individuals still in captivity who could live decades longer? And will other animals be recruited to provide “entertainment?” The show continues with the really fortunate rescue of a dog (in a life vest) who went overboard from a small boat in the Gulf Coast.
Segment two begins with a discussion about oral hygiene in dogs, and we polled our contacts on how often they brush their dogs’ teeth. Also we ask, what is your favorite song about cats? Then, the illustrious Dr. Michael Greger returns to interpret a news article that erroneously stated that a vegetarian diet might be bad for you.
The show continues with legal expert Bob Ferber who gives his opinion about the sentence handed down to a man convicted of killing a police dog while he was resisting arrest, and in particular, whether the 3.5 year prison sentence was appropriate. Then, we talk about a few of the things we do to keep our cats happy around the house, including how we designed our entire home around a great habitat for them. A koala fun fact follows.
The show concludes with author Marc Bekoff, author and Emeritus Professor at University of Colorado, Boulder, who discusses the amazing recovery of wildlife in the Chernobyl nuclear disaster zones where not people are still permitted due to the high levels of radiation. Many animals survived the disaster and certain species are thriving without people around.