Saturday, April 19, 2014

Congress Works to Improve Conditions In Poultry Farms

Congress Works to Improve Conditions In Poultry Farms

April 19, 2014

68 lawmakers are urging the Obama Administration to strengthen regulations for poultry farms, citing statistics that reveal inhumane treatment of hundreds of thousands of chickens. We learn more about the effort from Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia, who co-chairs the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus.

Saving the Greater Sage Grouse: The Endangered Species Act has proven to be an effective tool for protecting many threatened animals since it was established in 1973. Right now there are nearly 1400 species on the Endangered Species List and more than 40 that are waiting to be added, including The Greater Sage Grouse. But this distinctive bird of the western U.S. could be running out time.

Music: “Madeira River” & “Maculele Marimba” by Uakti

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

April 19, 2014

Finding the Right Companion: A Washington, DC man who is considering getting a second cat for his “very social” Siamese-Ragdoll mix, seeks advice on choosing a suitable companion – younger or older? Male or female? Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society offers advice.

…And Finding a Cure for Loneliness: A Rottweiler puppy in Stafford, VA appears to be suffering from separation anxiety.

Car Crazy: An adopted 5 year old Maltese in Rehoboth Beach, DE is obsessed with passing automobiles which leads to hysteria for the dog and its caretaker during walks. Is it time for a trainer?

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

Flight of the ZomBees

Flight of the ZomBees

April 19, 2014

There is an interspecies, stealth war taking place in the insect world, in which a certain type of fly is turning honey bees into ZomBees. The San Francisco State University professor who discovered this unusual occurrence, John Hafernick, talks about the implications.

Respite for Africa’s Elephants: There are hundreds of species of endangered mammals on the African continent, which could make it difficult to focus on the plight of a single group. Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States says protecting African elephants should be a top priority.

Music: “The Turning Point” by Uakti

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

April 19, 2014

Preparing for a New Arrival: A Washington, DC couple expecting their first baby wants to be sure the family cat isn’t going to be a problem. Rivi Mayer, founder of The Cat Welfare Society of Israel and co-author of the book Pregnancies, Babies and Cats -The Practical Guides for Cat Lovers joins us from Tel-Aviv, Israel with expert advice.

Panicky Eater: A family in Charlottesville, VA wants a solution for their cat’s poor behavior at feeding time.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Run Like an Antelope” by Phish

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