Humane Talk ®

Humane Talk features conversations with Thought Leaders in animal welfare, whose books or scientific studies focus on  practical and philosophical issues regarding society’s attitudes and interactions with various non-human species. Discussions with members of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA) are about applying humane and ethical principles to the way veterinary medicine is practiced in America and around the world, on animals used in research, food production, and pharmacology as well as companion animals.Interviews with social scientists and authors focus on the emotional and social lives of creatures other than human. [Please note: conversations with Wayne Pacelle, the CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, were previously recorded in 2012 and 2013. Please visit humanesociety.org for more up-to-date information.]

Hosted by Tracie Hotchner


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Why We Need To Adjust Our Thinking About Fish

January 30, 2017

Humane Talk (01-30-2017) #8066: Max Elder returns to the show to continue the conversation about how we need to adjust our thinking about fish, and what the future holds for them if we do not become more mindful and responsible. MP3 Audio [12 MB]DownloadShow URL

Celebrating #GivingTuesday

November 28, 2016

Humane Talk (11-28-2016) #8068: Celebrating #GivingTuesday — the ultimate antidote to the rampant consumerism of Black Friday. Kim Alboum — director of the Emergency Placement Partners program for the Humane Society of the United States — thanks Halo for giving a bowl of food for every $1 donated to the HSUS on this day. She […]

Do Millennials Have More Empathy For Animals?

October 31, 2016

Humane Talk (10-31-2016) #8065: Max Elder raises the question of whether his generation has more heart? Do millennials have more empathy for animals? Max has a fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics with a special interest in fish ethics — more particularly his focus on “the moral poverty of pescatarianism” (a word that […]

Shaming Those Who Embrace Trophy Hunting

October 10, 2016

Humane Talk (10-10-2016) #8064: Wayne Pacelle discusses trophy hunting and shaming those who embrace it –– like the Trump sons, Eric & Donald, Jr. who recently bragged about their exploits on safari. Tracie says that anyone engaging in the willful slaughter of precious and endangered species is committing “social pornography”; Wayne says that “ethical consistency […]

Complexity of Fish Relationships

October 3, 2016

Humane Talk (09-03-2016) #8062: Jonathan Balcombe (What A Fish Knows) on the complexity of fishes’ relationships, tool use and ingenuity, and why it’s important for a cleaner fish to build a maintain a good reputation in this underwater service industry! MP3 Audio [11 MB]DownloadShow URL

Value of Influential People Embracing Animal Welfare

September 5, 2016

Humane Talk (09-05-2016) #8063: Wayne discusses the hour he spent with Oprah recently on her own SuperSoul TV network talking about the issues in his book THE HUMANE ECONOMY and the enormous value that influential people have when they embrace animal welfare ideas. MP3 Audio [8 MB]DownloadShow URL

The Pain and Suffering We Cause Fishes

August 15, 2016

Humane Talk (08-15-2016) #8061: Jonathan Balcombe on his book WHAT A FISH KNOWS discusses the pain and suffering we cause to fishes, why factory farmed fish may suffer even more than wild caught ones, and how “fish substitute” products make a tasty solution to the problem. MP3 Audio [10 MB]DownloadShow URL

Changing Ideas About Animal Entertainment

July 4, 2016

Humane Talk (07-04-2016) #8060: Wayne Pacelle continues the conversation from his book THE HUMANE ECONOMY: ANIMAL PROTECTION 2.0 – HOW INNOVATORS AND ENLIGHTENED CONSUMERS ARE TRANSFORMING THE LIVES OF ANIMALS. He discusses the “Now That’s Entertainment” chapter and changes in ideas of what is acceptable to do with animals and improvements in ideology about elephants […]

Sustainability & the 30-day Vegan Challenge

May 9, 2016

Humane Talk (05-09-2016) #8057: Keegan Kuhn co-wrote & directed the documentary (available on Netflix) “Cowspiracy” and co-wrote with Kip Andersen the book THE SUSTAINABILITY SECRET: RETHINKING OUR DIET TO TRANSFORM THE WORLD. Keegan explains how diet choices and “planetary transformation” start with each individual’s understanding of the impact of what they choose to eat and […]

Open Farm Pet Awarded Certified Humane Seal

April 11, 2016

Humane Talk (04-11-2016) #8055: Jacqueline Prehogan from Open Farm Pet in Canada discusses how it was possible to make a dry dog food sourcing from farmers who pledge to ethically raise the animals for the meat that goes into the dog food, creating a “virtuous circle” in the economy. Open Farm Pet was recently the […]