The Disturbing Truth About Puppy Mills

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (6-18-2018) #575: Featuring Rita Mae Brown, Shana Feste, and Rory Kress. The inimitable author Rita Mae Brown is back with yet another feline-and-Virginia- history-inspired thriller (and of course with talking animals!) in PROBABLE CLAWS: A MRS MURPHY MYSTERY; film writer and director Shana Feste’s hilarious and touching movie “Boundaries” opens […]

Rehabilitating Extremely Fearful Dogs

Good Dogs! (12-19-2016) #6064: Kristen Collins is head of the ASPCA Rehab Center and featured in the new ASPCA documentary “Second Chance Dogs,” now available on Netflix. The film follows six extremely fearful rescued Malamutes taken to the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center (the first and only facility dedicated to rehabilitating dogs suffering from severe fear […]

Treating Fido Like Family in China

Treating Fido Like Family in China Mary Peng advocates for the welfare of the rapidly growing number of “companion animals” in Chinese cities. [Journalist Debra Bruno writes for the Atlantic and posted this superb article about changing values and practices in China regarding dogs as dinner or family members — and mentions Mary Peng, my […]

Beijing’s Animal Markets and “Week Long Dogs”

Mary Peng is a visionary in China, working to open hearts and minds to the wonders of pet ownership. I am proud to have her as my co-host on our new Radio Pet Lady Network show Tails From China and to share this article. The end of summer in Beijing is traditionally associated with a […]

Humane Talk #8026 (6-23-2014)

Humane Talk (6-23-2014) #8026: (Episodes 32 & 33): Wayne Pacelle talks about Operation Cyberwild, an intriguing investigation that found products made from tiger skin, elephant skin, and other wildlife parts being sold online. HSUS volunteers helped federal officials uncover this illegal trafficking. In the second part of the show, Wayne explains why The HSUS gave […]

Good Dogs! #6013 (6-09-2014)

Good Dogs! (6-09-2014) #6013: Gayle Watkins from Avidog, who has bred Golden Retrievers for 35 years, explains to Tracie why many responsible dog breeders have intense antipathy toward the Humane Society of the United States because there is collateral damage to good breeders from HSUS legislation intentioned to improve conditions and/or eliminate large scale puppy […]

Humane Talk #8019 (5-19-2014)

Humane Talk (5-19-2014) #8019: Wayne explains the problem of gestation crates, where many breeding sows are confined on factory farms for most of their lives without even being able to turn around — animal advocates are campaigning to phase out these cruel cramped crates for breeding mothers; online sales of puppies are usually from mass-production […]

Humane Talk #8003 (2-03-2014)

Humane Talk (2-03-2014) #8003: The “humane economy:” Tracie and Wayne talk about the idea of businesses reflecting humane values—such as whale watching instead of whale hunting, pet stores supporting adoption instead of puppy mills, or ecotourism instead of seal killing; they discuss horse slaughter, including the closure of U.S. slaughter plants in recent years and […]

Humane Talk #8002 (1/27/2014)

Humane Talk (1/27/2014) #8002: Tracie and Wayne talk about new federal legislation to crack down on puppy mills and discuss a rescued puppy mill dog recently adopted by a U.S. Congressman. In the 2nd half of the show, discussion turns to an important agreement between The HSUS and United Egg Producers to phase out barren […]

Humane Talk #8001 (1-20-2014)

Humane Talk (1-20-2014) #8001: Wayne and Tracie talk about the intense controversy over GoDaddy.com CEO Bob Parsons’ killing of an African elephant in Zimbabwe. Learn more about the issue of wasteful trophy hunting, and how to support companies that are friendly to animals; Tracie and Wayne discuss the campaign to help dogs in puppy mills, […]