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Sea turtle poachers busted!
We begin the show with animal news from around the world including NYC establishes its Office of Animal Welfare, the first sighting in decades of the diminutive mammal called the silver chevrotain in Vietnam, turtle poachers arrested in Florida, an endangered lemur stolen from a Santa Ana zoo is recovered, and more.
Dog nutrition controversy
Can dogs safely consume vegetarian or vegan diets? To answer this question and more about canine nutrition, Lori welcomes Dr. Valerie Parker, Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Other dog nutrition controversy topics covered include grain free diets, raw diets, home cooked diets, and treats and snacks.
What is mutton busting and why is it bad news?
To conclude, Peter welcomes back Eric Mills, to speak about the rodeo-related youth activity, mutton busting. Eric is the long time coordinator of Action for Animals (Oakland), which works diligently to expose the cruelty of mutton busting (and other rodeo events involving animals) and to have it removed from the rodeo.
This article contains the incredible video of the silver chevrotain.
Eric Mills says
ON THE RODEO FRONT: See link below to a brand-new, prize-winning rodeo documentary, “BUCKING TRADITION” – It’s only 8+ minutes long, could be a great teaching tool in the public schools. Please forward accordingly.
NOTE: A feature-length rodeo documentary is now in the works, and in need of funding. Please contact:
Eric Mills, coordinator
ACTION FOR ANIMALS
and Exec. Producer, “BUCKING TRADITION”
Email – email@example.com
And a big shout-out to ANIMALS TODAY RADIO for their invaluable efforts–much appreciated.
Peggy W Larson says
Mutton busting puts both the child and the sheep at risk for serious injuries. A neurologist in my family, after viewing mutton busting, said it would only be a matter of time before one of those kids suffered permanent injuries. As a veterinarian, sheep are not designed to be ridden. Their bone structure and joints are subject to stress and injuries by weight on their backs.
I have seen videos where these little kids, as young as 3, are crying in fear. What’s the point of doing this to your child or the sheep? Nothing is gained and there is much to lose.