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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/

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

Fact: In Victoria, old growth native forests, home to many threatened species, are still being cut down for low grade cheap paper products. Volunteer citizen scientists are on the front line of defence saving hundreds of hectares of forest. We speak with Ed Hill from GECO, Goongerah Environment Centre, East Gippsland.
"The fact that citizen surveys are repeatedly finding threatened species in forests that have not been appropriately surveyed raises questions about the functionality of the regulatory system."

Every year, hundreds of brumbies lose their freedom & are transported for slaughter. We discuss this & find out what is going on with the wild horse draft management plan for Kosciuszco National Park with Peter Cochran of Snowy River Mountain Bush Users Group & Mae Lee Sun from Wild Horse Journal.

Photo of Trooper, a 'lucky' brumby that escaped slaughter.

We chat with Ren Hurst, founder of New World Sanctuary. Ren gives us a lot to think about when it comes to our relationship with horses and how training can shut down a healthy conversation between human and horse, and, well, many other sentient beings!

Photo credit: Brandy Setzer Photography

We chat with Sydney Fox Rescue about 1080 poison which is used to kill foxes and in its usage kills many other 'unwanted' and 'wanted' species.  Andy Meddick from AJP also joins us  to shed light on this very dark & cruel poison.

For info on the July school holiday event: https://www.facebook.com/events/170644623461223/

Please sign the petitions!

Conservation & wildlife photographer Doug Gimesy, Finalist for the 2016 Wildlife Photograph of the Year awards for the image, "Caring for Joey" joins us in the studio today. The awards exhibit, including his work, is on until May 15th In Geelong.  Please sign his "Fast Roads, Slow Deaths" petition to change the speed limit on Kangaroo Island to reduce wildlife trauma and deaths.

For many, the goodwill of sharing a meal at Christmas often camouflages the animal cruelty when it comes to pigs in the food production system. For activists, there is much opportunity to speak up for these individuals this festive season.

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