Visual identification of dog breeds
We begin with Peter’s interview with Arizona State University Psychology Professor, Clive Wynne, who leads the Canine Science Collaboratory. Its main areas of inquiry are dog welfare at the animal shelter, behavioral problems in the home, human-dog interaction, dogs’ wild relatives, and cognitive aging in canines.
Peter and Clive cover the practice of visual identification of dog breeds, which is common, yet has many limitations and pitfalls. This leads to a discussion on the complexity of canine genetics, and Clive’s advice on how best to adopt a dog.
New animal provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill
Lori then welcomes back Attorney Mark Momjian who describes three notable provisions relevant to animals in the recently passed Farm Bill (the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018).
This wide-ranging law contains provisions to help battered spouses who have pets, to strengthen laws against animal fighting and to ban the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption. Mark is adjunct Professor at Villanova University School of Law.
The United States addresses agricultural and food policy through a variety of programs, including nutrition assistance, crop insurance, commodity support, and conservation. Much of the legal framework for agricultural and food policy is set through a legislative process that occurs approximately every 5 years.
The current farm law, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Act), was signed on December 20, 2018, and will remain in force through 2023, although some provisions extend beyond 2023. The 2018 Farm Act makes few major changes in agricultural and food policy.
Why were leeches used in ancient times?
Lori then describes the use of leeches in history and in modern medicine.
Leeches have been used in medicine for over 2,500 years. They were more popular in earlier times because it was widely thought that most diseases were caused by an excess of blood. As recently as the 19th century, leeches were used to treat everything from tonsillitis to hemorrhoids.
Learn About Butterflies
And, March 14 is Learn About Butterflies Day! Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing is the world’s largest butterfly, with a wingspan of nearly one foot. Test you butterfly smarts as Lori dishes out the fun quiz questions.