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.
Bruce Friedrich of Farm Sanctuary explains the mission behind the organization’s Someone, Not Something Project, which uses compelling evidence of greater intellectual and emotional complexity among farm animals as a basis for re-calibrating our understanding of them.
China Crisis: There is growing concern among scientists that many of the 1 billion hogs raised on commercial farms in the world’s most populous country carry diseases that are resistant to antibiotics. The alarming implications of this development are at the heart of a report from Ruth Morris of PRI’s The World.
In a dramatic message to wildlife poachers, government officials recently destroyed thousands of pounds of confiscated elephant tusks that were stored in a warehouse near Denver. Reporter John Daley spoke with several of the well-known attendees, including Kristen Davis, Kristin Bauer van Straten and U.S. Fish and Wildlife head Dan Ashe. Special thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker.
Healthy Pet Meals Made Easy: Lamb, Lentil and Vegetable Stew. Chicken and Rice Balls. Fruit Salad. Apple and Blueberry Muffins. Just a sample of the dishes in "Dinner for Dogs," a new cookbook designed by our guest, Henrietta Morrison, the U.K.’s No. 1 pet chef and creator of Lily's Kitchen, a popular British pet food brand.
Fighting Poachers with Nuclear Power? Sandra Tsing Loh of The Loh Down on Science tells us about a new weapon in the global effort against the illegal trade of elephant ivory.
Extraordinarily large, extremely fast and a coveted food source, bluefin tuna are also critically endangered. In an attempt to head off the bluefin’s demise, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s fisheries service recently proposed new regulations that will directly impact fishermen from Texas to Maine. Lee Crockett, director of the U.S. Oceans at Pew Charitable Trusts, shares his considerable knowledge of the crisis and projected effects of the new rules.
Eco-Goats: Brian Knox talks about his novel business venture, which uses goats in an environmentally friendly approach to urban landscaping.
Music: “Madeira River”, “Aria: Bachianas Brasileiras #5” and “Mother Nature’s Son” by Uakti
After being reduced to near extinction levels during the first half of the 20th century, the wild turkey is in the midst of an surprising comeback throughout the United States, with an estimated population of 7 million. Biologist Robert Abernethy with the National Wild Turkey Federation tell us why.