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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Humane Talk #8041 (12-15-2014)

December 15, 2014

Humane Talk (12-15-2014) #8041: Wayne talks about an HSUS undercover investigation at a Tennessee Walking Horse show barn, depicting horses having caustic chemicals applied to their legs as well as being whipped, kicked, and hit in the face. The public awareness and criminal indictments that followed were in 2012, when this interview was recorded; Tracie […]

Humane Talk #8040 (12-8-2014)

December 7, 2014

Humane Talk (12-8-2014) #8040: Dr. Karen Rosenthal, Tracie’s co-host on EXOTIC PETS, talks about the difference between “domesticated” and “domestic bred” and how much conditions were improved for parrots and other birds with the passage of the 1992 law that made it illegal to import birds into the United States. Dr. Karen also discusses her […]

Humane Talk #8038 (11-24-2014)

November 24, 2014

Humane Talk (11-24-2014) #8038: Wayne explains how the HSUS works in cooperation with law enforcement officials  to help rescue pets, crack down on animal fighting, and protect wildlife;  find out how you can go to school for animals at Humane Society University, with classes online and in Washington, D.C. The university has a wide range […]

Humane Talk #8035 (11-17-2014)

November 17, 2014

Humane Talk (11-17-2014) #8035: Alan Rabinowitz, one of the world’s leading authorities on big cats, discusses his book AN INDOMITABLE BEAST: The Remarkable Journey of the Tiger and his life’s work devoted to saving wild cat species as CEO of Panthera. He and Tracie share a passionate belief that zoos are nothing more than a […]

Humane Talk #8034 (11-10-2014)

November 10, 2014

Humane Talk (11-10-2014) #8034: Wayne talks dogs in the small Asian nation of Bhutan and an ongoing project where Humane Society International is helping street dogs and communities by sterilizing tens of thousands of free-roaming dogs; Tracie and Wayne discuss how competitive racing is a dangerous game for horses that leads to the injury and […]

Humane Talk #8030 (11-03-2014)

November 3, 2014

Humane Talk (11-3-2014) #8030: Dr. Con Slobodchikoff has spent his life describing the language of prairie dogs — a fascinating little animal often treated as a pest to be eradicated. Dr. Con writes about his discovery that there is a flaw in the general human belief that we are superior to other animals because we […]

Humane Talk #8031 (9-08-2014)

September 10, 2014

Humane Talk (9-08-2014) #8031: Investigative journalist Michele Hollow of www.parade.com discusses how elephant poaching in Africa is now on the radar of the American security apparatus as ivory is being traded for arms for terrorists. Her article at “Who What Why” explains in depth. Article link: http://whowhatwhy.com/2014/07/08/tusks-for-terrorists-ivory-elephant-poaching-and-the-war-on-terror/ MP3 Audio [16 MB]DownloadShow URL

Humane Talk #8024 (8-18-2014)

August 18, 2014

Humane Talk (8-18-2014) #8024: Paul Shapiro, the Vice President for Farm Animal Protection at the Humane Society of the United States, talks about how mainstream ideology has changed in the past 20 years and there has been a 10% drop in meat consumption — good news for a lifelong vegetarian/vegan like himself, who accepts that […]

Humane Talk #8033 (8-11-2014)

August 12, 2014

Humane Talk (8/11/2014) #8033: Tracie shares Wayne’s enthusiasm about the growing momentum to stop the commercial slaughter of baby harp seals in Canada, as more countries close their borders to the seal fur trade, and animal advocates speak out against the killing; Wayne tells Tracie about the little-known problem of Class B dealers, who acquire […]

Humane Talk #8032 (8-04-2014)

August 5, 2014

Humane Talk (8-04-2014) #8032: McDonald’s is taking action to move toward ending the use of gestation crates for breeding pigs — which is pretty great news for those pigs who become part of an Egg McMuffin! More and more restaurant chains, pork producers, and food service companies are making similar announcements to phase out this […]