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
In Maryland, a cockatiel starts eating his droppings when a family comes back from vacation. Could it be stress? Dr. Scott Stahl of Stahl Exotic Animal Veterinary Services offers his observations and advice. And a Maryland man is seeking an explanation for his Australian shepherd's habit of biting the hand that feeds.
Billy Bush (pictured, in blue hat) is using his considerable clout as a nationally syndicated TV and radio host and family member of two former presidents to take a bite out of the crime of wildlife poaching in Nepal. Bush documented his efforts for a new National Geographic documentary, "Chasing Rhinos," and he gives us a special preview.
Allison Cardona of the ASPCA talks about the various forms of animal hoarding and the organization's efforts to raise awareness of the practice as a form of cruelty, via its animal hoarding intervention program.
Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society aids a Virginia man who is helping two terriers he rescued from a terrible hoarding situation. In San Diego, a dog's eyes were irritated by pesticide and his caretaker is concerned.
Recently a large number of jellyfish inhabiting a cooling tank caused the emergency shutdown of a power plant in Sweden. The incident is just one of many troubling interactions between the marine creature and humans as of late; some say a dramatic rise in jellyfish blooms around the world is to blame. We asked expert Dr. Kelly Robinson of the University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Sciences for her assessment of what’s being called a global jellyfish invasion.
Beverly Amsler of Virginia Public Radio tells the story of a poodle with a keen sense for fashion, a perfect fit for this time of year.
A Virginia woman wants to know if there are any health risks to her dog's unusual show of friendliness. In Maryland, a woman seeks advice before switching her 7 year old Lab mix and 4 year old cat to a raw meat diet.