Christine Gutleben, senior director of faith outreach at The Humane Society of The United States, and Paul Flotron of Noah’s Ark Pet Ministries in St. Louis discuss the rising prominence of faith-based animal organizations.
Animal House producer Natalie Yuravlivker visits St. Luke's Episcopal in Bethesda, Md., one of thousands of churches around the world that take part in an annual ceremony known as the “Blessing of the Animals." The ceremony honors St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment.
WAMU News Reporter Lauren Landau takes us behind the scenes of "Odysseo," the $30 million equestrian circus presentation by Cavalia.
Documentarian Gabriela Cowperthwaite discusses her film "Blackfish," which concerns the story of Tilikum, a 12,000 pound, 22-foot orca living in captivity at Sea World Orlando. The marine mammal has been involved in the deaths of three people, including Dawn Brancheau, a trainer who was drowned while working with Tilikum in 2010.
Music: “Kari” by Bob James & Earl Klugh; “Horse with No Name” by America; “Turtle Island” by Mike Oldfield
Georg Wilhelm Steller was a German explorer, botanist, zoologist, physician and pioneer of Alaskan natural history. Among the six animals he discovered during a visit there in 1741 are the Steller’s Jay and Steller Sea Lion. The latter, the largest of five extant species of sea lion in the world today, is in serious decline and scientists are at a loss to explain why. Several efforts are under way to find a cause and solution, and producer Natalie Yuravlivker traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia, to observe the program. Music: “Turtle Island” by Mike Oldfield
Rabbit Population Explosion:The Eastern Cottontail Rabbit is thriving in and around the nation’s capital and we find out why. Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti; “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” by Gene Autry
They are among the world’s most popular companion animals, but there is discouraging evidence of serious problems resulting from keeping parrots as pets. And those who choose to do so may be contributing to a global wildlife crisis. Elizabeth Weinstein’s report examines this polarizing issue.
Lab Dogs: Although much of the controversy surrounding the issue of animals in laboratory experiments has been focused on chimpanzees and mice, every year thousands of dogs are also used for bio-medical research. The practice has many detractors including Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States, who offers his perspective.