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Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that makes California the country’s leader in reducing the routine, irresponsible and harmful use of antibiotics in animal agriculture. More antibiotics are used in agriculture than for human disease, and their use causes the creation of antibiotic resistant bacteria that harm and kill people. Jonathan Kaplan, Director of the Food and Agricultural Program at National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) joins Peter to explain the anticipated impact of this law as well as the challenges that remain.
Lori then offers some fascinating facts about giraffes.
We continue with UCLA’s Professor Daniel Blumstein to discuss possible risks of ecotourism and nature based tourism to animals. The behaviors, physical characteristics and biology of habituated animals may be altered with prolonged contact with tourists, making the animals less alert to predation. His lab’s page is here.
Finally, what risks do pesticides pose to your dogs and cats? What precautions should you take when your home or surrounding is treated to address pest problems? Veterinarian Robert Reed returns with good advice to keep dogs and cats from being harmed by the multitude of agents now in use.
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