We begin with news from Alaska with legal expert Bob Ferber, who tells us about a newly enacted law there that tells judges to take into consideration the best interest of companion animals in cases such as divorce. Alaska is the first state to pass such a law, and it will be very interesting to observe its consequences. Bob is former Los Angeles animal cruelty prosecutor, a humane educator and a rescuer of sick and injured dogs and cats. Here is a video featuring Bob, animals and children.
Then we take up the topic of dog cloning, because of recent popular interest in this procedure. A lab in South Korea has cloned hundreds of dogs for $100,000 each, but there is a dark side to this business. We bet you will agree with us that cloning is bad news for everyone, except maybe the laboratory
Then, UCLA Professor Daniel Blumstein joins Peter to discuss possible risks of ecotourism and nature based tourism to animals. The behaviors, physical characteristics and biology of habituated animals may be altered with prolonged contact with tourists, making the animals less alert to predation.
Finally, what risks do pesticides pose to your dogs and cats? What precautions should you take when your home or surrounding is treated to address pest problems? Veterinarian Robert Reed returns with good advice to keep dogs and cats from being harmed by the multitude of agents now in use.