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NYK with Kathryn and Gen
9 minutes | Sep 25, 2019
Back to school and animals in the classroom with Kathryn & Gen
September is synonymous with cooler temperatures, spending more time indoors, and back to school of course! This week, Kathryn and Gen wrap up this month’s topic on Animals in Science by reminding us of a few experts’ tips on how to avoid the unethical treatment of animals at school.
18 minutes | Jul 9, 2019
Episode 5: The Little-Known Zoo Technique that is Framing with animal advocate Rob Laidlaw
Have you ever heard of framing? Have you ever visited a zoo that gives the impression that animals are housed in lush natural environments? Learn what we as animal lovers can do to ensure a high standard of animal welfare in these facilities with Rob Laidlaw, founder and director of the Canadian animal protection charity Zoocheck.
20 minutes | Jul 2, 2019
Episode 4: The Ethics of Zoos with associate professors Dr. Andrew Fenton & Dr. Letitia Meynell
Learn about the ethics of animal captivity in zoos and the differences between zoos and sanctuaries from Dr. Andrew Fenton and Dr. Letitia Meynell, associate professors of Philosophy at Dalhousie University.
21 minutes | Jun 12, 2019
Episode 3: Contemplating Elephant Behavior in Zoos with wildlife biologist Dr. Winnie Kiiru
Many elephants, along with Edmonton Valley Zoo’s Lucy now notorious in Canada, are housed in zoos across the world in questionable conditions. Learn from world famous wildlife biologist Dr. Winnie Kiiru who rejects viewing elephant behavior in zoos as an accurate reflection of their natural habitat.
19 minutes | Jun 3, 2019
Episode 2: What’s Inside Your Winter Coat? featuring animal rights lawyer Camille Labchuk
Camille Labchuk, one of Canada’s leading animal rights lawyers, talks about the ethics behind the treatment of coyotes and geese used in the making of winter coat products in North America. While this podcast may shock you, it will also provide you with pivotal advice on how to go shopping conscientiously for your coat next winter.
25 minutes | May 14, 2019
Episode 1: Exploring the ethics of Whale and Dolphin Captivity with marine biologist Dr. Naomi Rose
In this episode, Kathryn Sussman discusses welfare issues related to whale and dolphin captivity with Dr. Naomi Rose, marine mammal scientist at the Animal Welfare Institute and member of the International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee. Dr. Rose sheds light on the multifaceted natural behaviors of these majestic mammals and their need for expansive living space that is difficult to provide in captivity. She also explains cetacean exhibits’ adverse effect on visitors’ education and support for conservation initiatives, directing us instead to better ways to help. “These animals spend the vast majority of their lives below the surface, out of our view, and of course when we have them in captivity the whole point is to be able to see them, so we take that away from them. We are seeking to control the very thing that attracts us to them in the first place, which is this free spirit that exists in the ocean, below the surface.” – Dr. Naomi Rose. Dr. Rose’s insight inspires Kathryn and Gen to follow-up with a discussion on the incredible intelligence of marine mammals and their complex social structures undermined by traditional captivity practices. “Nothing can justify the continuation of this activity – not scientific research, human entertainment, nor education.” – Kathryn Sussman, in a presentation to the Canadian Senate Committee in support of Bill S-203, a long-standing effort to end the captivity of whales and dolphins in Canada (June 2017). Our message of change: Express your displeasure with facilities that house whales and dolphins! Now you know!
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