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The PETA Podcast PETA, the world's largest animal rights organization, is 6.5 million strong and growing. This is the place to find out why. Hear from insiders, thought leaders, activists, investigators, politicians, and others why animals need more than kindness—they have the right not to be abused or exploited in any way. Hosted by Emil Guillermo. Powered by PETA activism.
 
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Jim Mason, a co-author with philosopher Peter Singer on "Animal Factories," has come out with a new edition of his 1993 classic, "An Unnatural Order--Roots of Our Destruction of Nature." The book is a history of the evolution of mankind's treatment of animals and how the agrarian culture changed our relationship to animals. Instead of being among t…
 
The Research Modernization Deal, RMD, is a new deal for scientists and animals developed by the scientists at PETA. Intended to change the paradigm on the use of animals in experimentation, RMD is a common-sense strategy necessitated by the 90 percent failure rate of research involving animals to produce anything of value for humans. PETA's Dr.Emil…
 
On the heels of an announcement from retailer Canada Goose, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman have announced they will stop selling fur by 2023. The news is yet another historic victory for grassroots activists and PETA which have been fighting on behalf of the animals for decades. Dan Mathews was there at the very first "I'd rather go naked than …
 
After a multi-year campaign, PETA has announced a moratorium on Canada Goose protests after the outerwear retailer said it would no longer use fur. But what about the down feathers? That could be next, and the reason for the moratorium on protests--to see if Canada Goose can come to an ethical conclusion on its own. We reprise an interview from Dec…
 
Brittany Peet, PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel for Captive Animal Law Enforcement (CALE), talks with Emil Guillermo about the news since the "Tiger King" show premiered. And it all leads to what could be a permanent shutdown of big-cat petting zoos. For example, Tim Stark, a former business partner of Joe Exotic, was ordered to pay more than…
 
At age 27, Chuck Carroll was so addicted to fast food he thought he wouldn't see age 30. He has since lost 300 pounds and kept it off with a vegan diet. In conversation with Emil Guillermo, Carroll talks about how he did it, and how it led to his hosting, "The Exam Room," the podcast of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Carr…
 
For her birthday, Ingrid Newkirk is...what else? Saving animals. The president and co-founder of PETA talks about PETA's efforts globally to save as many animals as it can, from India and Asia, to Romania in Europe, to Petra in the Middle East, and back to Norfolk, Va., PETA headquarters. Newkirk tells Emil Guillermo about how efforts in India were…
 
The Washington National Primate Research Center in Seattle has been moving sick monkeys around this country for use in labs, according to documents obtained by PETA through an open records law request. Dr.Lisa Jones Engel, a former WaNPRC employee, now PETA's senior scientific advisor for primate experimentation, has reviewed the documents and file…
 
PETA Sr. VP Dan Mathews talks about paying his respects to George Floyd by recently attending the memorial that took place in Floyd's hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Mathews, openly gay, saw it as an opportunity to link arms and show solidarity between all the issues he cares about animal rights, gay rights.and the fight for racial justic…
 
After Katherine Roe and two of her fellow PETA scientists paid a visit to UMass Amherst about its cruel monkey experiments, the university went from enthusiastic to silent. The school would rather hang on to their federal grants worth millions--even if the science--based on animals--is unlikely to be of benefit to humans. Roe, the new director of t…
 
Hall of Fame Horse Trainer Bob Baffert is seen by many as the "face of horse racing." But after an unpredictable win at the Kentucky Derby, Baffert's horse, Medina Spirit, failed a drug test and was shown to have an illegal steroid in his blood. Now Baffert and the entire gambling sport has been shamed and placed under a cloud. The drug scandal is …
 
Looking for cruelty-free cosmetics and need a reputable list? Kathy Guillermo, PETA Sr.VP on Laboratory Investigations, knows. She has spent more than 30 years leading the cruelty-free cosmetics campaign at PETA. While most companies have stopped testing on animals, the issue continues to evolve as China still requires testing that impacts hundreds…
 
By Capt. Paul Watson's count there are 56 orcas being held in concrete prisons. And 163 who have died over the years. After 50 years at sea saving marine mammals, Watson's written a new book that essentially registers all the animals who are currently enslaved by amusement parks like Sea World. He talks about what's being done and how you can help,…
 
Rachelle Owen directs Students Opposing Speciesism, or SOS, the new youth program at PETA. Students from around the country connect through hubs to form activism networks in person and on social media. Alexis Collum is a student at the University of Central Florida who organized a live protest at Orlando's SeaWorld, that went viral through other SO…
 
The problem with the Animal Welfare Act is an amendment attached to it in 2002 that could be an illegal "bill of attainder." This is legislation that declares an entire class of guilty without a fair trial. The Constitution forbids such things. Was the so-called Helms Amendment to the Animal Welfare Act--which banned animals like birds, rats, and m…
 
After Easter, people abandon ducks and ducklings out in the wild, leaving them all sitting ducks for predators. John Di Leonardo, works as a Sr. Manager at PETA in the animals in entertainment division. But in his spare time, he rescues abandoned ducks. Di Leonardo talks with Emil Guillermo about how the need is so great, Di Leonardo's organization…
 
Jason Baker, Sr. VP in charge of PETA Asia, talks to Emil Guillermo about the latest in Asia. PETA investigators exposed the skin trade in pythons and how they literally inflated to death. Baker provides an update on the monkey used to fetch coconuts in Thailand. Consumers should support monkey-free coconut milk from other countries. And more than …
 
The Covid-era Iditarod, Alaska's historic race, ended this month with a whimper. Nearly 200 dogs had to be pulled from the race due to injury or illness, and one musher pulled his team when he realized his sick dogs gave him no chance. John Di Leonardo, PETA's senior manager for animals in entertainment talks with Emil Guillermo about the lowlights…
 
The New York Times reports of a monkey shortage. But there's no monkey shortage at U.S. labs. The Times was used by vivisectors looking to get more monkeys. Dr.Lisa Jones-Engel, PETA Animal consultant and a one-time primatologist with National Primate Research Centers, crunches the numbers and shows that reports of monkey shortages in U.S. labs are…
 
In 1975, philosopher Peter Singer argued for the end of tyranny by human animals over non-human animals. His book "Animal Liberation," has been an ethical compass for several generations of animal rights activists. In this conversation with Emil Guillermo, Singer talks about the changes in the last 45 years, how his book helped bring about those ch…
 
The Iditarod--originally intended to help get medicine to distant parts of Alaska--has now ironically become a COVID death trap for the dogs. Last year, 220 dogs had to be pulled off the race due to injury. John Di Leonardo, PETA's Iditarod specialist and an anthrozoologist in the animals in entertainment department talks to Emil Guillermo about th…
 
The Moulton Chinchilla Ranch is anything but a ranch. It's a shed the length of a football field, filled with 1,000 chinchillas. A PETA investigator got an undercover look at the facility in Fillmore County, Minnesota. What he saw will make you cringe. Animals in small cages, some in need of veterinary care, all in a filthy, smelly environment. It'…
 
After four years in Washington, DC, Louise Linton has returned to Hollywood with a new movie, "Me, You, Madness." It's a fun film that spoofs the rich, sends up serial killer movies of the '80s, and is loaded with animal rights messages. Linton talks about why she made the film, and her hopes for its success. She also talks about how she got from S…
 
An evil trend has emerged among vivisectors that includes murder, rape and molestation. Is it somehow connected to vivisectors' cruel and abusive tests on animals? Or merely coincidence? PETA research has found 17 examples of vivisectors involved in serious violent crime against people. Kathy Guillermo, PETA's Sr. VP of Laboratory Investigations sa…
 
Bulls are among the most abused and exploited animals in all the world, but especially in India in the sugar cane industry. Bulls are asked to pull extremely heavy loads and are beaten into submission to work long grueling hours. Animal Rahat began as a sanctuary for overworked bulls in rural India. Started with PETA funds, the sanctuary has not on…
 
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