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.]

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Abolitionist Vegan

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 of his own!) and discusses vegetarianism, vegan-ism, and questions why Tracie isn’t a vegetarian herself. He offers this article to strengthen her resolve: http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/2009_ADA_position_paper.pdf