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.

Hosted by Tracie Hotchner


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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 […]

Are You Smarter Than A Reptile?

August 17, 2015

Humane Talk (08-17-2015) #8048: “Are You Smarter than a Reptile?” Dr. William Miller (author of this article with that title and the book The Microcosm Within: Evolution and Extinction in the Hologenome) wants us to consider the complexity, intelligence and survival skills of creatures we have deemed to be lower on a scale of intelligence […]

Chimpanzee Research Must End

July 8, 2015

Humane Talk (07-06-2015) #8047: Why chimpanzee research must end and retire those chimps currently living in labs to sanctuaries; Tracie and Wayne discuss efforts to put a stop to the cruel trade in Beluga whales in Russian seas in order to display them in places like the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. MP3 Audio [14 MB]DownloadShow […]

Reforming Laws, Going Undercover

June 9, 2015

Humane Talk (06-08-2015) #8046: Tracie and Wayne Pacelle discuss that in addition to assisting in rescuing thousands of pets and running a network of sanctuaries in the U.S. the HSUS also works to protect animals by reforming policies in Congress, at the state level, and in the courts; they talk about how courageous investigators go […]

Discussing Animal Sentience

May 18, 2015

Humane Talk (05-18-2015) #8045: Jonathan Balcombe talks about “Animal Sentience,” an interdisciplinary journal on Animal feeling that is the first journal focused on the capacity of non-human animals to experience feelings. The journal is free and open source to anyone and intended to be accessible to non-scholars. Jonathan is the Director of Animal Sentience at […]

Reverse Environmental Destruction

April 7, 2015

Humane Talk (04-06-2015) #8036: Marc Bekoff discusses his book REWILDING OUR HEARTS: Building Pathways of Compassion and Coexistence and his belief that we can reverse destruction of the environment and other species by changing ourselves –– and become re-enchanted with nature. MP3 Audio [9 MB]DownloadShow URL

Humane Talk #8044 (02-02-2015)

February 2, 2015

Humane Talk (02-02-2015) #8044: Do you think about cruelty-free products? Was the shampoo you use tested on animals? Did your toothpaste or lipstick cause suffering for animals in labs? We’ve made great progress in phasing out animal tests for many products, but several companies have backslid on their cruelty-free pledges; Wayne talks about touring farms […]

Humane Talk #8043 (01-19-2015)

January 19, 2015

Humane Talk (01-19-2015) #8043: Is that dog fur on the trim of your jacket? It is illegal to sell products containing domestic dog or cat fur in the United States, thanks to legislation supported by The HSUS more than a decade ago, but in 2012 their investigators found domestic dog fur for sale in the […]

Humane Talk #8035 (01-12-2015)

January 12, 2015

Humane Talk (01-12-2015) #8035: Crocodile expert Vladimir Dinets wrote Dragon Songs: Love and Adventure among Crocodiles, Alligators, and Other Dinosaur Relations after a lifetime dedicated to the animals, about whom he made many discoveries regarding previously unknown aspects of crocodile communication and habits. MP3 Audio [15 MB]DownloadShow URL

Humane Talk #8042 (12-22-2014)

December 22, 2014

Humane Talk (12-22-2014) #8042: An undercover video that was part of HSUS investigation uncovered shocking abuse of Tennessee walking horses, especially the abuse called “soring,” the intentional infliction of pain to produce a high-stepping gait, similar to the mistreatment Tracie saw first hand in another show horse barn: Wayne talks about five of the most […]