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The PETA Podcast PETA, the world's largest animal rights organization, is 6.5 million strong and growing. This is the place to find out why. Hear from insiders, thought leaders, activists, investigators, politicians, and others why animals need more than kindness—they have the right not to be abused or exploited in any way. Hosted by Emil Guillermo. Powered by PETA activism.
 
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At age 27, Chuck Carroll was so addicted to fast food he thought he wouldn't see age 30. He has since lost 300 pounds and kept it off with a vegan diet. In conversation with Emil Guillermo, Carroll talks about how he did it, and how it led to his hosting, "The Exam Room," the podcast of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Carr…
 
For her birthday, Ingrid Newkirk is...what else? Saving animals. The president and co-founder of PETA talks about PETA's efforts globally to save as many animals as it can, from India and Asia, to Romania in Europe, to Petra in the Middle East, and back to Norfolk, Va., PETA headquarters. Newkirk tells Emil Guillermo about how efforts in India were…
 
GUEST: Brandy Kuentzel is Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the San Francisco SPCA. Prior to joining the San Francisco SPCA, Brandy worked as a corporate attorney and emerged as winner of the 10th season of NBC’s reality competition series “The Apprentice.” And she earned a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. MAIN QUESTIONS: …
 
The Washington National Primate Research Center in Seattle has been moving sick monkeys around this country for use in labs, according to documents obtained by PETA through an open records law request. Dr.Lisa Jones Engel, a former WaNPRC employee, now PETA's senior scientific advisor for primate experimentation, has reviewed the documents and file…
 
GUEST: Kelley Bollen is a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant with a master’s degree in Animal Behavior who has worked in the field of companion animal behavior for twenty years. Kelley is the Owner and Principal Consultant for Kelley Bollen Consulting – an animal behavior consulting business that works with animal shelters across the country on t…
 
PETA Sr. VP Dan Mathews talks about paying his respects to George Floyd by recently attending the memorial that took place in Floyd's hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Mathews, openly gay, saw it as an opportunity to link arms and show solidarity between all the issues he cares about animal rights, gay rights.and the fight for racial justic…
 
GUEST: Stacy LeBaron hosts a weekly podcast called the Community Cats Podcast where she interviews nationally and internationally renowned experts about cats and cat welfare. She also served for 16 years as president of the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, assisting more than 105,000 cats and kittens in and around Salisbury, Massachusetts. St…
 
GUESTS: Bonney Brown is Humane Network president and Shelter Success Simplified podcast co-host and was executive director at Nevada Humane Society, National Campaign Director for Alley Cat Allies, and COO at Best Friends Animal Society. Diane Blankenburg is Humane Network CEO and was community programs and development director at Nevada Humane Soc…
 
After Katherine Roe and two of her fellow PETA scientists paid a visit to UMass Amherst about its cruel monkey experiments, the university went from enthusiastic to silent. The school would rather hang on to their federal grants worth millions--even if the science--based on animals--is unlikely to be of benefit to humans. Roe, the new director of t…
 
Hall of Fame Horse Trainer Bob Baffert is seen by many as the "face of horse racing." But after an unpredictable win at the Kentucky Derby, Baffert's horse, Medina Spirit, failed a drug test and was shown to have an illegal steroid in his blood. Now Baffert and the entire gambling sport has been shamed and placed under a cloud. The drug scandal is …
 
GUEST: Diaz Dixon is the CEO of Eddy House, a transition program for youth experiencing homelessness, and owns Performance Driven Consulting. He previously served for 14 years as the CEO of STEP2, a nonprofit helping women and children dealing with substance abuse and domestic violence. Diaz has served on the National Advisory Committee for the Rob…
 
Looking for cruelty-free cosmetics and need a reputable list? Kathy Guillermo, PETA Sr.VP on Laboratory Investigations, knows. She has spent more than 30 years leading the cruelty-free cosmetics campaign at PETA. While most companies have stopped testing on animals, the issue continues to evolve as China still requires testing that impacts hundreds…
 
GUEST: Phillip Zimmerman is the Animal Care Services Manager for the City of Sacramento Front Street Animal Shelter. He also served as the Manager for the City of Stockton Animal Shelter for 5 years. Phillip holds a BS degree in Social Science with concentrations in Psychology, Sociology, and Communications. He is an alumnus and regular guest speak…
 
By Capt. Paul Watson's count there are 56 orcas being held in concrete prisons. And 163 who have died over the years. After 50 years at sea saving marine mammals, Watson's written a new book that essentially registers all the animals who are currently enslaved by amusement parks like Sea World. He talks about what's being done and how you can help,…
 
Rachelle Owen directs Students Opposing Speciesism, or SOS, the new youth program at PETA. Students from around the country connect through hubs to form activism networks in person and on social media. Alexis Collum is a student at the University of Central Florida who organized a live protest at Orlando's SeaWorld, that went viral through other SO…
 
GUEST: Anne Lindsay founded the Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC) in 2000. In addition to spending 12 years on the management team at a large shelter, Anne is a past president of the board of the New England Federation of Humane Societies and is a current board member of both MAC and the State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team (SMART). In 20…
 
The problem with the Animal Welfare Act is an amendment attached to it in 2002 that could be an illegal "bill of attainder." This is legislation that declares an entire class of guilty without a fair trial. The Constitution forbids such things. Was the so-called Helms Amendment to the Animal Welfare Act--which banned animals like birds, rats, and m…
 
GUEST: Dr. Steve Kochis is chief medical officer at the Oregon Humane Society. His veterinary specialties include infectious diseases, immunology and emergency medicine. He received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences and DVM from Cornell University. Dr. Kochis has served as President of the Portland Veterinary Medical Association and curren…
 
After Easter, people abandon ducks and ducklings out in the wild, leaving them all sitting ducks for predators. John Di Leonardo, works as a Sr. Manager at PETA in the animals in entertainment division. But in his spare time, he rescues abandoned ducks. Di Leonardo talks with Emil Guillermo about how the need is so great, Di Leonardo's organization…
 
Jason Baker, Sr. VP in charge of PETA Asia, talks to Emil Guillermo about the latest in Asia. PETA investigators exposed the skin trade in pythons and how they literally inflated to death. Baker provides an update on the monkey used to fetch coconuts in Thailand. Consumers should support monkey-free coconut milk from other countries. And more than …
 
GUEST: Dr. Jennifer Conrad is the founder of The Paw Project, which educates the public about the painful and crippling effects of feline declawing and actively advocates to legally ban declawing at the community and state level. She is currently working in Southern California with nonprofit wildlife sanctuaries for unwanted and abused animals and …
 
GUEST: Dr. Cindi Delany is a supervising shelter veterinarian in the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, was the supervising shelter veterinarian at Yolo County (California) Animal Services for nine years, and is executive director of the nonprofit California Animal Shelter Friends. She has extensive experience in emergency care in animal shel…
 
The Covid-era Iditarod, Alaska's historic race, ended this month with a whimper. Nearly 200 dogs had to be pulled from the race due to injury or illness, and one musher pulled his team when he realized his sick dogs gave him no chance. John Di Leonardo, PETA's senior manager for animals in entertainment talks with Emil Guillermo about the lowlights…
 
MAIN QUESTION What can an organization leader do to support their team with compassion fatigue and burnout? GUEST: Linda Harper is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a partner in Consultants in Applied Psychology, specializing in cumulative grief, compassion fatigue and burnout. She is a consultant for the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association a…
 
The New York Times reports of a monkey shortage. But there's no monkey shortage at U.S. labs. The Times was used by vivisectors looking to get more monkeys. Dr.Lisa Jones-Engel, PETA Animal consultant and a one-time primatologist with National Primate Research Centers, crunches the numbers and shows that reports of monkey shortages in U.S. labs are…
 
GUEST: Kurt Fenstermacher is currently Deputy Director of the Environmental Services Department for the city of El Paso. He also created a new El Paso Department of Animal Services, which has an open-admission shelter with annual admissions of more than 25,000 animals where he was interim director for two years. He is also a Certified Animal Welfar…
 
In 1975, philosopher Peter Singer argued for the end of tyranny by human animals over non-human animals. His book "Animal Liberation," has been an ethical compass for several generations of animal rights activists. In this conversation with Emil Guillermo, Singer talks about the changes in the last 45 years, how his book helped bring about those ch…
 
The Iditarod--originally intended to help get medicine to distant parts of Alaska--has now ironically become a COVID death trap for the dogs. Last year, 220 dogs had to be pulled off the race due to injury. John Di Leonardo, PETA's Iditarod specialist and an anthrozoologist in the animals in entertainment department talks to Emil Guillermo about th…
 
The Moulton Chinchilla Ranch is anything but a ranch. It's a shed the length of a football field, filled with 1,000 chinchillas. A PETA investigator got an undercover look at the facility in Fillmore County, Minnesota. What he saw will make you cringe. Animals in small cages, some in need of veterinary care, all in a filthy, smelly environment. It'…
 
Guest: Susanne Kogut is president of the Petco Foundation. She started out in corporate law before her passion for animals led her to become executive director of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. She is also vice-chair of the board of trustees for HABRI, the Human Animal Bond Research Institute. Main question: How does Petco Foundation's new los…
 
After four years in Washington, DC, Louise Linton has returned to Hollywood with a new movie, "Me, You, Madness." It's a fun film that spoofs the rich, sends up serial killer movies of the '80s, and is loaded with animal rights messages. Linton talks about why she made the film, and her hopes for its success. She also talks about how she got from S…
 
Guest: Elkie Wills is the senior director of community engagement at San Diego Humane Society, where she has held a number of positions over the past 11 years. She was also community outreach coordinator at Humane Society of Yuma, Arizona. Main question: What can organizations do to successfully engage their communities virtually? Takeaways: * It’s…
 
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