Australia

Parks Victoria want to completely eradicate the brumbies in the Bogong High Plains and Jill Pickering from the Australian Brumby Alliance explains the inconsistencies and injustices of this plan that is based on questionable science. DEADLINE IS FRIDAY FOR COMMUNITY FEEDBACK ! Please let Parks Victoria know you want them  to  protect the brumbies' freedom by following this link on the Victorian Brumby Association  page: http://www.victorianbrumbyassociation.org/alpine-national-park.html

We're in the studio, chatting with wildlife ecologist Joshua Griffiths (pictured here) & conservation photographer Doug Gimesy (photo credit) about threats to the platypus.  They also tell us about nifty 'citizen science' initiative PlatypusSPOT, new technology that detects platypus DNA in waterways, and the Victorian Alliance for Platypus-Safe Yabby Traps which has been formed with the objective of a complete ban on the enclosed yabby traps that kill platypus almost every day.  Josh & Doug advise us of actions we can all take to improve the chances of this u

This is the talk given by Brad King, director of Farm Animal Rescue (Qld), at the recent Animal Activists Forum in Melbourne.  Brad details the cruelty & terrible suffering caused by farmed animals' genetic design.  He also shares some wonderful stories of the FAR sanctuary residents who, now in safety, are able to express their natural range of social and emotional behaviours.

Farm Animal Rescue  https://www.farmanimalrescue.org.au/

Pam Ahern is the Founder and Director of farmed animal sanctuary Edgar's Mission (Victoria, Australia). 

In March this year, Darebin Council in Melbourne, Victoria, announced the next pound contractor will manage a 'no kill' shelter facility for companion animals. Our guest is a major driver of that momentous change - Kathleen Chapman from Save Darebin Pets.

The Maneki Neko Cat Lounge info: http://www.neko.org.au/neko-hq/

In this week’s show, we talk with Dr Mel Taylor about protecting our animals in emergency situations and look at some new research that shows a plant-based food system would be much better for our environment.

For more on what Dr Mel Taylor was talking about, please see: http://theconversation.com/seven-ways-to-protect-your-pets-in-an-emergency-83484

Amanda Leeper talks about the cruel realities behind the chick hatching programs commonly run by Australian primary schools, kindergartens and child-care centres.  At face value, these programs seem to be a cute cuddly experience for all involved but the reality is very different, and the learning outcomes for the children are not necessarily positive.  Having successfully lobbied her local council and primary school to discontinue their hatching programs, Amanda is well-qualified to share her experiences and tips on how to speak out on behalf of these most vulnerable.

Throwing the baby out with the bathwater?  It appears current feverish land clearing, mostly for pastoral animal agriculture, makes a mockery of efforts & money to protect threatened species, biodiversity & climate change mitigation.

We are savouring some sweet victories! We chat with Chris Delforce from Aussie Farms whose 'ag gag' charges, as well as those of Dori Kiss, were dismissed. We also chat with Andy Meddick about the recent successful campaign that resulted in a refusal to permit a new greyhound breeding & training facility . 

Photo credit: the beloved Sputnik Meddick, courtesy of the Meddick family.

For more info on 'ag gag' laws: https://www.voiceless.org.au/the-issues/ag-gag

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