This show featured two remarkable guests. First, novelist, investigative reporter and advocate for sea mammals, Brenda Peterson joined Lori. The use of extremely loud sonar by the US Navy not only disrupts the communication (and thus the behavior) of whales and dolphins, but can kill them. Clear evidence is accumulating that the exercises and tests using high intensity sonar are, indeed very bad for cetaceans. Brenda set forth the facts and a call for action. Read her recent post on the subject here. Explore her books here. And, here is yet another of her passions, protecting the wildlife of the Puget Sound area, with the non-profit, Seal Sitters.
Then, Lori welcomed Bobbi Brink, Director and Founder of Lions, Tigers and Bears, an exotic animals sanctuary in Alpine California. They just rescued the bear, Meatball, who was behaving mischievously in the Glendale, California foothills. They discussed important issues in modern sanctuaries, the value in accreditation of sanctuaries, and the problems associated with big cat breeding and trade. Bobbi also discussed the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act. In the days after the show, a tragedy occurred at a different California facility, Project Survival Cat Haven, and a volunteer, was killed by a lion. The lion was subsequently shot and killed. Brink’s statement regarding those events are here. Visit Lions, Tigers, and Bears here. They are accredited by the Global Federation of Animals Sanctuaries, GFAS, previously featured on Animals Today.
And the news, with Peter.