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 #8041 (12-15-2014)

Humane Talk

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 and Wayne discuss proper husbandry of parrots and other birds, in light of a rescue of more than 120 neglected parrots from a supposed sanctuary in Ohio. Though some types of birds make wonderful pets, parrots are intelligent, social, can live many decades, and need specialized care. More information about caring for parrots and other birds can be heard on EXOTIC PETS. (Interviews with Wayne Pacelle were conducted in 2012; more recent information is available at