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Blog - Tag: Defender Radio

Episode 232: Managing the invasion

For thousands of years, humankind has studied the delicate interplay of species across the vast web of life. And for thousands of years, we’ve successfully screwed it right up. From the time of Aristotle to today’s grade one classrooms, understanding how ecosystems work has been a vital part of scientific...
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Episode 231: Good news

We wanted to have a week that focuses on good news – and that’s exactly what we’ve prepared for you. We connected with superstar lawyer Camille Labchuk to talk about Quebec’s new animal welfare legislation and what it means for the future of wildlife, animals in captivity and companion animals...
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Episode 230: Awkward conversations

Uncomfortable discussions come up in the world of animal advocacy, just like any other field. But when we have our awkward conversations, there are often lives on the line. This week we’re going to look at two such topics: dogs in hot cars and seal penises. Dogs die every summer...
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Episode 229: CSI: Coyote scene investigators

When conflict arises between coyotes and humans, the coyotes typically get the short end of the stick. Trapping, hunting and all-out culls are always on the horizon when coyotes are involved in incidents. But, it’s not always a coyote who is responsible for perceived or actual conflict; sometimes it can...
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Episode 228: Special Report: Unnatural Enemies

This special report episode has been rushed to post for you, our wonderful supporters, so that we can let you know about an incredible documentary airing on CTV and CTV Two in Alberta this Monday, May 18. Unnatural Enemies: The War on Wolves explores the incredibly controversial wolf killing taking...
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Episode 227: Craving Compassion, Canada?

What do a Buddhist monk in Vancouver and the owner of a sanctuary farm in central Ontario have in common? Compassion. This week we’re talking with Shifu Zhihan, a teacher of Buddhism in Vancouver who’s helping to host Vesak 2015 For World Peace this Saturday, May 16. We’ll also connect...
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Episode 226: Join the revolution

Anger and frustration are common for us animal advocates. And this week we’re talking with someone who can help us by teaching us what questions we should be asking ourselves. Deb Ozarko finished college and got a diploma in Design, Communications and Advertising. She worked in corporate and studio settings...
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Episode 225: Represent

After speaking on behalf of our members, supporters and all the fur-bearing animals of Canada as expert witnesses in a parliamentary committee last week, we wanted to share two important ways we can all represent for the animals. We’ll hear from Camille Labchuk , animal rights lawyer extraordinaire and former...
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Episode 224: The Cowspiracy is real

With Earth Day on the horizon it makes sense to take a step back from fur-bearer-specific issues and look at a subject plaguing the entire planet. What’s interesting, however, is that this issue does, in fact, relate back to fur-bearing animals. For this week’s episode, we connected with Keegan Kuhn,...
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Episode 223: Spring Feeding

On this week’s episode we’re focusing on two spring-related topics that come up every year – wildlife feeding and living with bears. In almost every wildlife conflict situation we’ve studied, food is a central issue. Whether it’s intentionally feeding ungulates like deer or unintentionally feeding predatory animals like coyotes, the...
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