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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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 […]

Saving Cats/Dogs in Impoverished South

March 14, 2016

Humane Talk (03-14-2016) #8056: There’s a new generation giving hope to unwanted puppies and dogs in the South if there are more young people like Matthew Talbot, who is 16 years old and has been doing hands-on rescue missions from Georgia to New Jersey since he was 9! Matthew talks about having grown up going […]

Dog Instincts Akin to Those of Wolf Forebears

February 29, 2016

Humane Talk (02-29-2016) #8054: Brian Bailey discusses his book EMBRACING THE WILD IN YOUR DOG and the importance of recognizing that dogs have basic primal instincts and reactions that are akin to those of their wild wolf forebears. MP3 Audio [9 MB]DownloadShow URL

Abolitionist Vegan

January 18, 2016

Humane Talk (01-16-2016) #8052: Dr. Stevan Harnad is the editor of the Journal of Animal Sentience and a professor at McGill University in Montreal, at the University of Quebec, and at Southampton University in the U.K.  He is an “abolitionist vegan” who is theoretically opposed to pet ownership (but paradoxically does have a much-loved cat […]

How Humans Have Endangered Jaguars

December 16, 2015

Humane Talk (12-14-2015) #8037: Alan Rabinowitz has devoted his life to studying the jaguar in the wild, where its survival is under threat. He discusses his book AN INDOMITABLE BEAST: THE LIFE JOURNEY OF THE JAGUAR and how humans have interfered with the very existence of this elusive, magnificent beast. MP3 Audio [19 MB]DownloadShow URL

Chimpanzee Research Discontinued

November 2, 2015

Humane Talk (11-02-2015) #8051: Wayne discusses The National Institutes of Health decision to discontinue research on chimpanzees and retire them to sanctuaries; half of the world’s population of dogs live on the street and struggle for survival, but the Humane Society International (HSI) has an innovative spay/neuter program to reduce the number of street dogs […]

HSUS response to Wolf Hunting

September 28, 2015

Humane Talk (09-28-2015) #8050: From a conversation in 2013: right after the USFWS de-listed wolves as endangered in the Great lakes region, Wisconsin and Minnesota opened wolf hunting and trapping. How did the HSUS respond to this tragic development? Animal welfare in India — a contradiction in terms, as Tracie experienced it? After his trip […]

A 15-Year-Old’s Humane Mission

August 31, 2015

Humane Talk (08-31-2015)#8049: At 14 years old, young Thomas Ponce took his lifelong interest in vegetarianism and to make the world a better place for animals and created his own non-profit, Lobby for Animals. Tracie is understandably impressed by this young man — now all of 15 years old — as he describes a young […]