Lori kicks off the show welcoming Dr. John Pippin, Director of Academic Affairs at Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). As part of PCRM’s work to end the use of live animals in medical and veterinary training programs, it recently was informed that so-called terminal surgeries were being used at Tuskegee College of Veterinary Medicine. Terminal surgery means that an animal, usually a dog or cat obtained form a shelter, is used for practice and training surgeries, and upon conclusion, killed. Dr. Pippin explains how PCRM views this practice as antithetical to the values of Veterinarians, who have chosen their field because of their desire to help and not harm animals. Furthermore, there now are many alternative scientifically validated training methods, which do not use live animals, taking advantage of realistic models, virtual reality and other simulations.
Peter then welcomes author and journalist Maria Goodavage in support of her new book, Doctor Dogs – How Our Best Friends Are Becoming Our Best Medicine. Goodavage brings us fresh stories and profiles from around the globe, illustrating how dogs detect cancer, provide aid to people with seizures, assist those with post traumatic stress disorder, and help in dozens of other physical or mental conditions.
We conclude with news stories including a marathoner who literally picked up and finished her race while carrying a homeless dog she spotted during her run, many new California laws passed including one to end fur sales, celebrities receive praise for giving up fur, and more hot news items.