Matters of Life and Death: The Toronto Humane Society Under Investigation

Toronto listeners will likely be aware of the recent Globe and Mail’s shocking investigation of the Toronto Humane Society (THS), Canada’s largest animal shelter. The allegations are serious and damning, including claims that animals languish in filthy conditions, as others are left to slowly die without proper veterinary care, while still others are adopted out … Continue reading

Local Work: Animal Overpopulation and Food Sovereignty in Mexico

Join us for interviews with Mónica Pineda president of GEPDA (Genta por la Defensa Animal / People for Animal Defense), and social justice activist, animal activist, and Nahuatl (Aztec) Indian, Gerardo Tristan Alvarado. First, we connect with Pineda, who describes efforts to control dog overpopulation throughout Mexico. We hear about the authorities’ approach to animal … Continue reading

ProAnima: Animal Rights Lessons from Brazil

Brazil boasts some of the world’s most progressive animal welfare legislation, but unfortunately what’s on paper has not materialized for the majority of the country’s animals. Despite the general lack of legal enforcement in Brazil, the organization ProAnima has made great strides for animals, and has carved a space for animal rights within public debate. … Continue reading

Black Dog Syndrome

This show explores Black Dog Syndrome (BDS), defined as the “the low adoption and high euthanasia rate of black dogs in shelters.” Two prominent BDS activists, Tamara Delaney (founder of Contrary to Ordinary: The Black Pearls of the Dog World) and Heather Rosenwald (founder of Start Seeing Black Dogs) share their insights about the disturbing … Continue reading

When Species Meet: An Interview with Donna Haraway

In this interview we speak with Dr. Donna Haraway about her new book,When Species Meet. Haraway is well-known for her cyborg-related scholarship, through such essays as “A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century.” Though not abandoned, the cyborg now rides sidecar to “companion species,” the driving figure in her current … Continue reading

Rescue, Shelter, and Education: The Ferret Aid Society Speaks

When people think of vivisection, ferrets aren’t usually the first animals who spring to mind. Or, similarly, mention animal cruelty investigations, and people tend to imagine cats and dogs. While ferrets are plagued by cultural stereotypes that they stink and love to bite, The Ferret Aid Society offers a very different interpretation of these inquisitive animals. … Continue reading