We have Dr Judi & Bryce Inglis in the studio, describing their work advocating for the much-misunderstood house rabbit whose welfare is largely ignored in Australia. Their organisation, Rabbit Run-Away Orphanage, is dedicated to bringing education to all levels of government as well as the public, leading to improved welfare and legal change.
Speak to a vet & they will tell you thousands of healthy cats & kittens in our urban & peri-urban areas are euthanaised by the "bucket load" throughout Australia & according to research this is NOT bringing cat populations down or improving conditions for our wildlife. What it is doing is making the job for animal health workers & rescue groups intolerable at times and creating a lot of dead cats. There is a much better way to manage these populations through trap-neuter-return (TNR) programmes & cat diversion.
We're in the studio with local representatives Monique Luci & Tania Milton of the global campaign to stop the dog & cat meat trade, who explain the extent of dog & cat consumption around the world including here in Australia, and why this is one of the very cruellest trades. Monique & Tania are also organisers of a march scheduled for Melbourne on Saturday 2nd June, which is the campaign's Worldwide Awareness Day.
We chat with Lucy's Project founder, Anna Ludvik. Lucy’s Project is busy raising awareness that "we fail to save human domestic violence victims lives when we fail to address the whole family - paws and all."
Trap-neuter-return for urban and peri-urban cats has proven to be a highly successful component for community cat population management. Why aren't we adopting these community cat programmes more in Australia when we can't actually afford the alternatives proposed? We listen to an illuminating presentation by Emeritus Professor Jacquie Rand who is the Executive Director & Chief Scientist of the Australian Pet Welfare Foundation.
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.
Spring is in the air and it is pre-election time -a perfect climate to have a rally where our voices for the animals will be even louder! LOUDER! LOUDER! (oops!-I'll save the chanting for the October 4th Animals Matter to Me rally!)
Tune in as we have insightful chats & check the pre-election temperature for their particular campaigns with the rally organisers- Debra Tranter of Oscar's Law, Laurie Levy from the Coalition Against Duck Shooting & Ward Young from the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses. http://www.animalsmattertome.com/
You know it, I know it … and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, Edith Wharton, described it perfectly when she said 'My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet'.
On the program we hear from people who are passionate about the benefits of including animals in our community.
DAWN PERRY talks to us about THE WALKING WOOF CLUB, a Port Phillip Community Group initiative that assists people and their dogs to get a good dose of social interaction each week, boosting the health and well-being of all. https://www.facebook.com/WalkingWoof
DR LIZ WALKER, CEO of LORT SMITH ANIMAL HOSPITAL, discusses the links between animal-friendly neighbourhoods and healthy, happy societies and the need for strong public policy to ensure we live in animal-inclusive communities. http://www.lortsmith.com/
SARAH DAVISON, urban planner and founder of PLANNING FOR ANIMALS, talks about the importance of considering animals when designing our cities and environments http://www.planningforanimals.com.au/
So snuggle up with your companion animals and enjoy!
If I was handing out some '2013 Melburnians of the Year' trophies I would give one each to these 2 guests who have inspired me & many others with their dedication and 'can do' attitude. I chat with Abby Gee who created the Oscar's Law Animal Advocacy Program & Matt from Noah's Bark Rescue.
Above is a picture of Matt with the gorgeous 'Kippers' who is looking for his forever home..