August 20th was World Mosquito Day, which recognizes the discovery of the connection between mosquitos and Malaria. Lori reviews some of this fascinating history, including the very controversial story about DDT. Will there be any role for DDT in the US if disease from the Zika virus becomes more widespread? Peter then announces efforts to dissuade people from buying tickets for the recently opened dolphin park in Arizona. Animal Welfare Institute and Animal Defense League of Arizona have produced a short animation to illustrate the tragic plight of captive dolphins. Watch it here.
Lori then continues by recollecting her family’s vacation to South Africa decades ago, and the trauma she experienced after witnessing a staged kill.
Stuart Chaifetz, Investigator for Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), then joins Peter. Stuart’s undercover efforts and a lot of determined investigative work by him and SHARK have pressured Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe to cease holding canned pigeon shoot events as fundraisers. Stuart describes the gruesome practice of canned pigeon shoots, and explains the importance of video documentation in SHARK’s many animal welfare campaigns.
Peter and Lori then review interesting survey results from WalletHub about the most and least pet-friendly cities in the US. Certainly some surprises in this large and detailed study! How does your city rank?