We begin with attorney Elizabeth Baker, Senior Science Policy Specialist at Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, PCRM, who joins Peter to discuss the problems and limitations of using nonhuman animals in testing for drugs being developed for use in humans. PCRM is working on many fronts to move the government, industry, and academia toward more modern, safer, and more predictive methods of drug development which do not use animals.
The show continues with our discussion about how people feel about the role of zoos, in which we shared the opinions of our Speakbeat followers.
After that, Peter continues his talk with Charlie Richter, US Director of APOPO, which uses humanely trained giant pouched rats to detect tuberculosis bacilli in the sputum of people at risk of having TB. The rats work very quickly and with amazing accuracy.
Up next is Dr. Robert Reed, Medical Director at VCA Rancho Mirage Animal Hospital, who updates Lori on heartworm disease. Listen in to learn if you should be giving monthly treatments to your dogs.
Then, how far will you go to make the lives of your cats safe and happy? We reveal some of the extreme measures we have undertaken to ensure our felines can lead secure and fulfilled lives.
Lori and Professor Marc Bekoff wrap up the show discuss the remarkable recovery of wildlife in the Chernobyl fallout zone. The simple reason is that humans are prohibited from the area.