Sharks are apex predators, known for their deadly pursuit of humans. Now, because of poaching, the species is widely hunted and those who once feared it have taken on the role of its protector. Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States talks about how finding a solution to the big problem of shark finning is drawing support from some of the smallest members of our community.
Scientists Offer New Hope for an Endangered Species: Amy Quinton of Capitol Public Radio in Sacramento, Calif., tells the story of inventive efforts to bring the white abalone back from the brink of extinction. The sea snail is rapidly disappearing from its native habitat in the coastal waters of Northern California. We find out why and what is being done to address the decline.
Music:“Kari” by Bob James & Earl Klugh; “Turtle Island” by Mike Oldfield
“My Dog is Converting the Living Room Into a Lavatory” Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society has a solution for a Maryland man whose 12-year-old canine has started doing its “business” indoors.
“Why is My Dog “Digging” the Carpet?” A Washington, D.C., dog’s fabric obsession is getting under the skin of its caretaker.
Healthy Living Despite a Serious Condition: A 2-year-old pitbull in Maryland has a heart murmur and its companion wants to make sure the dog stays healthy.
Music: “Kei’s Song” by David Benoit; Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker.
There is a strong possibility that chimpanzees confined to American laboratories for bio-medical research will be released and added to the U.S. Endangered Species List, thanks to a new proposal by The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department. Sam Litzinger discusses the implications with primate expert Stacy Lopresti-Goodman, an assistant professor of psychology at Marymount University in Virginia.
Ghost Nets: Lost and abandoned fishing nets kill untold numbers of sea creatures around the world every year. But there's a growing global movement to remove what are known as "ghost nets" and prevent new ones, including an effort on the U.S.-Canada border in Puget Sound, near Seattle. Ashley Ahearn of the public media collective EarthFix reports.
Music: “Kari” by Bob James and Earl Klugh; “Cavalo Marinho Bumba-meu-Boi” by Uakti
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