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 for more up-to-date information.]

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Do Millennials Have More Empathy For Animals?

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 only evolved in 1992). He and Tracie debate the value of radical activism like Peter Singer’s for PETA, decades ago. Elder’s work has been published in