As a consequence of the lifting of ESA protections for grey wolves, and a judgement win for a Kansas based trophy hunting group, a horrific but legal massacre has just occurred in Wisconsin.
The National Resources board opened up the hunt in the state, allowing a quota of 119 wolves to be killed, but inexplicably issuing an extremely high number of permits, totaling more than 2,000. So it is not surprising that the quota of kills was exceeded in less than 60 hours with 216 wolves killed by means of traps, snares, and packs of radio collared dogs.
Two guests join Peter to discuss these tragic and disturbing events. First, Megan Nicolson, Wisconsin Director for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) details the events leading to the hunt and how so many animals were killed. Then Amanda Wight, Wildlife Protection Manager for the HSUS joins Peter to give a national perspective on grey wolf management. She believes the lifting of the protections was done in violation of the Endangered Species Act. Both Nicolson and Wight encourage listeners to contact their representatives and pertinent agencies to voice their opinions.
Then, Lori welcomes Professor Hal Herzog to discuss the use of animals in the treatment of emotional, mental and physical diseases, often referred to as animal assisted therapy. It’s a widespread practice which, according to Herzog, is based on flimsy evidence.