Animals in the news.
We begin with hot animal news of the week including an airport detection dog finding 5000 leeches in a suitcase, a 22 year old zoo employee killed by a lion in North Carolina, bone cancer in dogs treated with immunotherapy is a new method that might help humans, and the top pet trends to look out for in 2019.
Live animal markets in US
Eric Mills then joins Peter to discuss the many problems with live food markets, especially in California. Live turtles and frogs, typically harboring infectious pathogens continue to be sold alongside other food items in these markets, threatening our health and harming the environment.
Eric has been fighting these markets for decades, but acknowledges that politics and cultural forces act to keep them open. Eric leads Action for Animals Oakland.
Dolphins are dying at Dolphinaris Arizona
Our next guest is Dr. Naomi Rose, Marine Mammal Scientist at Animal Welfare Institute. At the swim with dolphins attraction, Dolphinaris Arizona, three dolphins have died from illness in the past 15 months. Confinement in small, shallow tanks with a continuous parade of humans wading through presents many health risks to these dolphins. Dr. Rose suggests strategic use of social media as a way individuals can help end the marine mammal captivity industry.
UPDATE! After recording this interview with Dr. Rose, another dolphin has died at Dolphinaris Arizona, bringing the death count to four since opening in 2016.
Fun Facts about Polar Bears
To conclude, in recognition of International Polar Bear Day, Lori offers many fascinating facts about these magnificent creatures, and springs a little pop quiz on Peter.
- Polar bears have black skin and although their fur appears white, it is actually transparent.
- It is the largest carnivore (meat eater) that lives on land.
- Polar bears use sea ice as a platform to hunt seals.
- Seals make up most of a polar bear’s diet.