Do rabbits make good pets?
To kick off this show, Lori welcomes Anne Martin, PhD., Executive Director of House Rabbit Society. Lori and Anne begin by talking about the many joys of living with one or more pet rabbits.
They continue discussing some of the serious rabbit welfare issues including overpopulation (they are the third most surrendered animal to shelters after cats and dogs), rabbit fur, rabbits in testing for cosmetics and household products, and rabbit meat.
And when your dog licks your cup or your plate of food, how much does that bother you? Would you continue eating or drinking, discard your water or food, or do something else? Our Facebook followers chime in.
How do you stop illegal dog fighting?
Then, Andrew Binovi, Senior Manager for Federal Legislation for the ASPCA joins Peter to talk about the continued high prevalence of animal fighting. National Dogfighting Awareness Day is April 8th.
The general public underestimates how common dogfighting continues to be, and often does not recognize the signs of dogfighting operations and injuries from fighting. Also, there’s new federal legislation in the works, so listen in to learn how you can support it.
Dogfighting—a blood “sport” in which two dogs are pitted against each other in a fighting pit and forced to rip each other to shreds in a fight to the death for the “amusement” and monetary gain of spectator-gamblers—is illegal in the United States, and participating in dogfighting is considered to be a felony offense in every state.1
Preventing dog bites
Lori then reviews information about dog bites, first from the Insurance Information Institute about the incidence of bites and paid claims related to bites, and the AVMA on dog bite prevention. To conclude, Lori reviews a neat survey by Mars Petcare highlighting the differences between dog and cat people.