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.

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Humane Talk #8011 (3-24-2014)

Humane Talk (3-24-2014) #8011: Do many veterinarians view cattle as nothing more than “steak on the hoof” — even though the animals deserve a dignified and humane life and death? Dr Gary Block sees too-easy justifications by many veterinarians so he is active in the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics and is a board member of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Block owns Ocean State Veterinary Specialties, a 40-doctor referral and emergency hospital in Rhode Island, and is a Past President of the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association and a member of the AVMA — but discusses his moral obligation to speak out against inconsistencies and disinterest in traditional veterinary organizations towards animal welfare.