Toward the end of 2020, without public notification, the East Bay Parks District in Oakland, California began killing (specifically, shooting) free roaming cats. After a local news report exposed the actions, the story exploded, as cat lovers, rescuers and the community at large became shocked and enraged by the sanctioned cruelty. The city claimed that the cat killing was to protect local wild and endangered species, and yet no evidence or study to back up the need for any action was given. Consequently, several thousand volunteers have come together to remove the cats in a humane way.
Lori goes on to discuss the culling of migratory birds including coots from an otherwise serene golf course in Rancho Mirage, California. When residents learned of the planned shooting event where certain club members would shoot the birds, opposition quickly grew and the killing was canceled. There is a history of bird killing at some of the other golf courses in the region, and it was surprising to learn that such methods are even still considered when there are effective, humane deterrent methods available.
Lori then continues speaking about the epidemic of obesity in pets, and about the majestic American Bison.
Lori’s special guest for the show is Ron King, CEO and Co-founder of Oscar’s Place Adoption Center and Sanctuary, a 75-acre donkey rescue facility in Mendocino County, California. Formerly, Ron was a top media executive and brings his many talents as well as a lot of compassion and love to the mission of helping these maligned, mistreated and misunderstood creatures. Most of the donkeys at Oscar’s Place were rescued from auctions in Bowie Texas, avoiding a fate of being slaughtered in Mexico. The hides of the animals are widely used in traditional Chinese medicine. Learn more at Oscar’s Place, https://www.oscarsplace.org/