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We begin with Camilla Fox, Founder and President of Project Coyote, who discusses lawsuits against the government agency, Wildlife Services, which alleges the agency is not using the best available science in deciding whether and how to kill millions of animals around the US each year at taxpayers’ expense. Fox claims Wildlife Services is nothing more than a rogue agency which tries to keep its activities away out of the public eye. She also describes other efforts to expose its actions and to reform its functioning.
Peter then speaks with Filmmaker Chris Delforce about his soon to be released film Dominion. Using new undercover and drone video, Dominion graphically shows the ways humans use, abuse and exploit animals in agriculture, including pigs, dairy cows, chickens, fish, turkeys, fish, etc. You can help this film succeed by supporting its campaign on Indiegogo.
Attorney Barbara Gislason then comes on in support of her new book Pet Law and Custody. Establishing a Worthy and Equitable Jurisprudence for the Evolving Family. Among the many legal topics concerning companion animals covered in this readable volume, Barbara says pet custody is a very hot topic now. Family lawyers will need to stay current because the field is rapidly changing, as the legal status of animals expands. It is recommended for lawyers as well as anyone who cares about or works with and on behalf of animals. Buy the book here.
Then, December 4 is International Cheetah Day and Lori tells us all about these majestic and athletic big cats. As expected, their numbers in the wild in Africa are shrinking, from about 100,00 individuals in 1900 to 9,00 to 12,000 now. Then Peter welcomes Tam Warner Minton, Author ALL FISH FACES: Photos and Fun Facts about Tropical Reef Fish (Ocean Friends). She is an avid diver who loves to document the ocean world with her captivating up close photos. Buy the book here.
Mary Finelli says
Thank you for your wonderful program! This was the first I’ve heard of the book, Fish Faces. I was especially interested in knowing whether the author advocates for fishes by urging people to not eat them. I’m so glad Peter asked about it. I was disappointed by the author’s answer but heartened by his response.
It’s so ironic and counterproductive for people who claim to care about animals to suggest eating them! There are so many marvelous vegan versions available now of virtually every type of seafood -and other foods- available now: http://fishfeel.org/seafood/ There’s no good reason to be harming animals merely for the taste of them. (All of the nutrients we need in order to thrive can also be obtained from plant sources.)
Hopefully the book will still help people appreciate and respect fishes. They are as deserving of our compassion as are all other sentient beings. Thanks again!
Tam Warner Minton says
Mary, I do use several different vegetable products like Gardein and Morningstar Farms to make meat free meals. I encourage people not to eat meat of any kind, but if they are going to eat fish, be sure the fish are being harvested sustainably. That is where the app from Monterey Bay Aquarium comes in!
My paramount concern at the moment is global warming and how it is impacting our oceans and ocean creatures. If we can get to know our fishy friends, I’m sure many more people will realize that they need to make changes. The book includes tips on how to make the ocean healthier by our every day actions. I hope you will take a look at it!