ACT Radio

Second and Fourth Sunday of the Month at 7:30pm

Welcome to ACT Radio -- Animal Concerns of Texas, with co-hosts Greg Lawson, Elizabeth Walsh, and Tom Linney. Every second and fourth Sunday evening at 7:30, we offer a unique program that focuses on animals, and related issues such as vegetarianism and the environment.

Everyone loves animals, and yet animals are the most helpless and victimized members of the living community. We believe with Gandhi that "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

Most people have no idea the horrors our animal friends undergo in zoos, circuses, rodeos, experimental laboratories, and factory farms and slaughterhouses. Through the airwaves and elsewhere, we seek to be a voice for the voiceless and to promote change through education and expanding awareness and compassion.

We discuss the ways our society exploits animals, and how drastically this abuse affects human interests concerning health, the environment, and our level of connectedness to life. We offer new visions for how to heal the breaches in our social world and in our relation to the natural world. We believe that animal liberation is the next great liberation movement on this planet, and that by promoting respect for nonhuman animals, we are advancing human moral evolution.

ACT brings you the latest news about animals, from local concerns to global issues, from vegetarianism to animal rights activism. We also feature lively interviews with people involved in the animal welfare and animal rights movements, from local folks to well-known figures who work toward the same goal of promoting a New Enlightenment in our relations with other species. 

plantpeacedaily.org

  Rae Sikora has been a spokesperson for animals, the environment, and human rights for over 30 years.  She is co-founder and co-director of Plant Peace Daily http://www.plantpeacedaily.org/, and she joins us to tell us why the small compassionate choices we make, such as choosing to eat a vegan diet, make a big difference in the long run for the animals and for the planet.  She also talks about the astounding intelligence demonstrated by animals we normally wouldn't think of as "smart."

Sikora will be the guest speaker at the Vegetarian Society of El Paso's Spring Dinner on May 28 at the Country Inn & Suites, 900 Sunland Park Dr.  Reserve your seats at 915-877-3030, or at http://www.vsep.org.

Aired May 22, 2016

  The latest in animal rights and vegetarian/vegan news:

The Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Center for Biological Diversity are pressuring the US Food & Drug Administration to crack down on factory farm meat producers who label their meat "natural," despite the fact that many of their animals live in confinement cages or pens and are injected with growth hormones.  Read more here:  http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/the-animal-legal-defense-fund-and-center-for-biological-diversity-ask-fda-to-protect-consumers-from-misleading-labels-on-natural-foods/

The Humane Society of the United States continues to push Sea World to release their captive orcas to sea side sanctuaries.  Sea World recently announced the end of its orca captive breeding programs.  Read more here:  http://www.humanesociety.org/news/magazines/2016/05-06/big-changes-at-seaworld.html?credit=web_id93480558

Aired May 22, 2016

  

  The latest news in vegan nutrition and animal activism:

Another elephant has lost its life in the Cambodian tourist trade.  Read more at https://www.thedodo.com/sambo-elephant-ride-death-cambodia-1756955909.html

The Fish and Wildlife service is required to prepare a recovery plan for Mexican Gray Wolves by 2017.  Only 97 wolves remain in the wild.  Read more at http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/mexican-gray-wolf-04-26-2016.html

In the heart of Texas cattle country, Midland Memorial Hospital is encouraging its patients to adopt a plant-based diet for the treatment and prevention of disease.  Hear this report from The Texas Standard:  http://www.texasstandard.org/stories/veggies-in-cattle-country-texas-hospital-formally-promotes-plant-based-diet/

Aired May 8, 2016

  We welcome back Wayne Pacelle, president & CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, and author of The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers are Transforming the Lives of Animals.  He explains why an economy focused on more humane behavior - safari photo tours vs game trophy hunting, or human-centered circuses vs 3-ring circuses with elephants, tigers, and bears - is far more successful than an economy centered on inhumane practices.  

http://www.humanesociety.org/about/events/humane-economy/?credit=web_id89991792_web_hpfs2_042716

Aired May 8, 2016

aldf.org

  The latest news in animal activism and veganism:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has ended its Red Wolf Recovery Program.  The Center for Biological Diversity has sued the agency under the Freedom of Information Act in order to find out why.  Read more at http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/red-wolf-04-11-2016.html.

A new nonprofit has been introduced to help introduce more plant-based and lab-grown meat alternatives for a growing consumer base.  The Good Food Institute (GFI) works with scientists, investors, and entrepreneurs to make groundbreaking good food a reality.  Learn more at http://www.thegoodfoodinstitute.org.

Southern Roc Airedales is a puppy mill operating in McIntosh, New Mexico, and undercover video taken by the Animal Legal Defense Fund has revealed deplorable living conditions for the dogs being bred at this facility.  Read more at http://aldf.org/blog/legally-brief-neuter-the-puppy-mills/

Aired April 24, 2016

 

   Wayne Pacelle is the President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.  He was one of our first guests on ACT Radio over a decade ago, and he joins us for the first of a 2-part interview to talk about what could be the end of confinement of animals at factory farms.  More and more restaurants are sourcing their food from companies that adopt humane practices in food production, and more and more consumers are relying less on a meat-based diet.  Laws such as California's Proposition 2, which outlaws confining and inhumane battery cages, are just the start of what is becoming a world-wide trend.

Wayne Pacelle is the author of "The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers are Transforming the Lives of Animals."

http://www.humanesociety.org/

Aired April 24, 2016

  The latest vegan/vegetarian and animal activism news:

The packaged-foods company Pinnacle Foods is increasing the variety of plant-based foods on the market in order to meet growing demand for sustainable food systems.  http://pinnaclefoods.com/

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is reporting the near extinction of the vaquita due to poaching of the totoaba fish.  These fish are widely sought in many cultures for their swim bladders.  Both the totoaba and the vaquita are endangered and protected species, and the vaquita are often swept up in nets by poachers capturing totoaba.  http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2016/03/07/sea-shepherd-crew-discover-dead-vaquita-totoaba-and-great-white-shark-in-refuge-1800

Whalers in Japan have killed over 300 minke whales since its last Antarctic hunt began in December 2015.  The hunt was done in the name of "scientific research," which is a loophole Japan has used since a moratorium on whaling was instituted in 1986.  http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2016/03/25/sea-shepherd-condemns-japans-most-recent-violations-of-international-law-1806

Aired April 10, 2016

soulfulvegan.com

  Soulful Vegan writer Ellen Kanner is the author of "Feeding the Hungry Ghost: Life, Faith and What to Eat for Dinner," which inspires readers to put extra thought and preparation into their meals.  She is also a contributor to Huffington Post (http://snip.ly/A7v4#http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ellen-kanner/), and writes the Edgy Veggie column for the Miami Herald (http://snip.ly/2a8m#http://www.miamiherald.com/living/food-drink/edgy-veggie/).  

Kanner talks about how she is spreading the word about compassionate lifestyles and delicious vegan meals through her website (http://soulfulvegan.com/), her consulting business, and her columns.

Aired April 10, 2016

Advocates for Snake Preservation

  Why do snakes tend to send a shiver up our spines? The Book of Genesis did no favors to the serpent's reputation, and humans tend be genetically wired to be fearful of these creatures. Melissa Amarello, co-founder and director of education of the Advocates for Snake Preservation (ASP) joins us to explain why snakes and their habitats should be protected, and why Rattlesnake Roundups are one of the worst ways to educated the public about rattlers. http://www.snakes.ngo/ Aired March 27, 2016

onegreenplanet.org

  The latest in animal advocacy and vegan news:

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published a report that shows the environmental & health impact of our diets.  By eliminating a diet heavy in meat and dairy, we could eliminate almost $1 trillion per year on health-related coasts, and greenhouse gas emissions would be cut by almost 70%.    Read the complete study here: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2016/03/16/1523119113.full

Conservation groups in Idaho are celebrating the government's decision to hold off on sheep grazing in the Centennial Mountains until they complete an environmental impact study.  Wildlife predators native to the area such as wolves and bears are often killed near these grazing sites.  Read more at http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2016/03/17/conservation-groups-win-reprieve-from-sheep-grazing-on-government-lands/

Hampton Creek, a company that produces animal- and environmentally-friendly food products, is expanding its launching 43 new plant-based food products to Walmart and Target, making alternative food choices more widely available to a larger consumer base at lower prices.  Read more at http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/new-vegan-products-hitting-walmart-and-target/

Aired March 27, 2016

VegNews.com

  The latest in animal activism and vegan/vegetarian news:

VegNews reports that MEAT ALTERNATIVES are a booming business.  Allied Market Research predicts an 8.4% increase each year in the meat-alternative market, and fast food restaurants are expected to follow the trend in coming years, by offering meat-free foods for consumers.  Read the report at http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=7455&catId=1

Meat and dairy lobbyists are a powerful force in Washington...but make way for PLANT-BASED LOBBYISTS.  The Plant Based Foods Association consists of 23 companies and is lobbying for more plant-based food lunch programs in our schools and for subsidies for plant-based milks.  Learn more about the organization at http://plantbasedfoods.org/?

Researchers at the University of Helsinki have found that OVERFISHING is leading to smaller fish and premature sexual maturity.  Read more at https://www.helsinki.fi/en/news/overfishing-increases-fluctuations-in-aquatic-ecosystems

Aired March 13, 2016

Stephany Seay, Buffalo Field Campaign

 

   When we think of the early days of America, we often have a mental image of WILD BUFFALO roaming the plains. Yellowstone National Park is home to one of the few remaining wild populations of bison...and the National Park Service is rounding up hundreds of these bison for slaughter. Stephany Sea of the BUFFALO FIELD CAMPAIGN tells us about the controversial reasons behind this yearly culling which is happening now.  (Stephany was speaking to us from the Stephens Creek bison trap at Yellowstone on March 9 - the bison were being rounded up as she was taping this conversation.)
See photos from the roundup at http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/

Aired March 13, 2016

  Dr. Patricia Tallman has worked professionally in the Environmental Engineering industry, and her experiences eventually led her to adopt a vegan diet for environmental and ethical reasons.  She joins us to talk about her new book, The Restore-Our-Planet Diet, to better inform readers about the environmental impact of what we consume.  The numbers are staggering.  If the entire planet adopted a Western diet, we would need 4 planet Earths to produce the needed resources to feed humans on just 1 Earth.  And, if we look on a smaller scale, it takes over 1700 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of ground beef.  Join us for this enlightening conversation.  

http://restoreourplanetdiet.com/

Aired Feb 28, 2016.

Center for Biological Diversity, Robin Silver

  The latest in animal activism and vegan-related news:

The National Park Service has begun the controversial decision to rounding up hundreds of bison inside Yellowstone National Park to be systematically slaughtered.  Cattle ranchers complain that bison compete with their herds for grass, and that bison carry brusellosis, a disease which causes livestock to spontaneously abort.  Read an op-ed piece about the decision in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/15/opinion/the-bison-roundup-the-government-wants-to-hide.html?_r=0

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has scored a victory that sets a precedent for endangered animals in captivity.  As a result of the suit, 4 tigers and 3 lemurs have been ordered removed from a roadside zoo where they were living under unacceptable conditions.  Read the article here: http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/aldf-scores-first-victory-in-an-endangered-species-act-lawsuit-on-behalf-of-endangered-animals-in-captivity/

The Center for Biological Diversity is reporting that the number of endangered Mexican Gray Wolves in New Mexico and Arizona have decreased to under 100, likely due to illegal killings, low survival rates of pups, and possibly inbreeding due to a diminishing gene pool.  Read the article here: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/mexican-gray-wolf-02-18-2016.html

Aired Feb 28, 2016

  Physician, author, and nutrition expert Dr. Michael Greger joins us on this program to talk about his latest book, HOW NOT TO DIE.  Is health care really the 3rd leading cause of death in American?  Dr. Greger makes the argument that it is...but it doesn't have to be.  Most deadly diseases like heart disease, Type II Diabetes, and certain cancers are preventable with a healthy lifestyle and the adoption of a plant-based diet.   

Read more of Dr. Greger's recommendations for a long and healthy life at http://nutritionfacts.org/.

Dr. Greger will be the guest speaker at the Vegetarian Society of El Paso's Winter Vegan Buffet, Sat. Feb 20, at 6:30pm, at the Country Inn & Suites, formerly the Sunland Park Holiday Inn.  The dinner is sold out.  http://vsep.org/

Aired Feb. 14, 2016

Conservation CATalyst

  The latest in animal rights and plant-based nutrition:

Conservation CATalyst and the Center for Biological Diversity share a new video of a rare jaguar siting.  "El Jefe," the only known wild jaguar in the U.S., has been roaming the Santa Rita Mountains near Tucson AZ for 3 years, but his habitat may be in danger from a Canadian mining company with plans to develop an open pit copper mine nearby.  Read the article and see the video at http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/jaguar-02-03-2016.html

Target is joining the growing number of companies offering meat-free alternatives to consumers, making compassionate shopping choices more available and affordable to a growing number of consumers.  Read the article from vegan.com: http://www.vegan.com/posts/target-vegan-meats/

The Center for Biological Diversity reports that American taxpayers have lost over $1-billion over the last decade on programs that allow livestock to graze on public lands.  Livestock owners pay less today to graze their animals than they did in 1981.  Read the article at http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2015/grazing-01-28-2015.html

Aired Feb 14, 2016

  

  Dr. Brooke Goldner is board certified in psychiatry and neurology, but she is also an expert in nutrition and how the right diet can reverse disease & aging, and improve mental function.  She joins us to tell us about the foods that boost brain power, including fresh fruits & vegetables, flax seed, and walnuts.  She also talks about treating individuals with mental illness who have gone off their meds after treating themselves with the proper nutrition.

Dr. Goldner offers the free online seminar  "Boost Your Brainpower" at  http://www.veganmedicaldoctor.com/free-consultation.html.

Aired Jan. 24, 2016

Fifth Quarter Fresh

  The latest news in animal activism and vegan/vegatarian nutrition:

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has published an article that shows that men on a strict vegetarian or vegan diet are at a remarkable low risk for prostate cancer, one of the most common cancers in men.  Read the article here: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/103/1/153.abstract

A coalition of animal rights organizations, food safety protection organizations, and whistleblower protection groups have teamed up to file a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of a North Carolina law that punishes whistleblowers and investigators for publishing information on corporate misconduct.  Read the article from the Animal Legal Defense Fund site: http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/coalition-sues-north-carolina-over-constitutionality-of-anti-sunshine-law/

Is the University of Maryland is guilty of using shoddy science (and a corporate partner) to publicize the so-called benefits of a particular brand of chocolate milk for young athletes who have suffered concussions.  Read the press release from the University of Maryland here: http://www.mtech.umd.edu/news/press_releases/releases/5QF/concussions/

Aired Jan. 24, 2016

  The latest news in animal activism and veganism/vegetarianism.

Celebrate Veganuary in January!  Learn why a plant-based diet is the best for your health, for humanity, and for the planet.  This international campaign has already enlisted thousands of Americans and British citizens to try a vegan diet for a month.  Take the pledge at http://www.veganuary.com/

Aired Jan. 10, 2016

www.veganmedicaldoctor.com/

  Dr. Brooke Goldner is the best-selling author of 'Goodbye Lupus,' and specializes in psychology and neurobiology. As a teenager, she began suffering from arthritis and debilitating pain. The diagnosis? Systemic Lupus Nephritis. And Stage IV kidney disease. She endured chemotherapy treatments, blood thinner injections, and mini-strokes from her teenage years through medical school. When she embraced exercise and a plant-based diet, her symptoms disappeared. As did the lupus. Hear her fascinating story in this interview.

http://www.veganmedicaldoctor.com/ and follow Dr. Goldner on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DrGoldner

Aired Jan. 10, 2015

aldf.org

  The latest news from the animal rights community:

Wild Earth Guardians reports on a federal court's decision to reject Wildlife Services' plans to escalate wolf killings in the state of Washington.  Read the report here: http://www.wildearthguardians.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=12261&news_iv_ctrl=1194#.VnrAJfkrK70

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has released their 10th annual Year End Report on how states rank when it comes to animal protection laws.  Read the report here: http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/2015-report-released-best-worst-animal-protection-laws-by-state-ranked-1-50/

Scientists in China have discovered a mutation in bacteria that makes them practically entirely resistant to even the most potent antibiotics.  Read this report from DW.com: http://www.dw.com/en/scientists-discover-new-antibiotic-resistant-gene-mcr-1-in-china/a-18861469

Aired Dec. 27, 2015

  Robin Lamont is an actress with a decades-long career, who found time to act as an investigator into animal rights abuses, and later became an Assistant District Attorney who prosecuted those who committed such crimes.   She used the knowledge she gained throughout her experiences to write the successful series of novels known as the Kinship Series.  The first book, The Chain, focused on investigators looking into abuse on factory farms.  Her latest book, The Trap, takes her fictional investigators into the wild, where the federal agency known as Wildlife Services is indescriminately killing millions of coyotes, bears, wolves, and birds.  She talks about the inspiration behind her books and the shocking information she discovered about Wildlife Services while she was researching the subject.  http://www.thekinshipseries.com/

Aired Dec. 27, 2015

The Dodo, Facebook

  The latest in animal rights and vegetarian/vegan news:

The Dodo reports on 2 youngsters on a hunting trip who ended up befriending the deer they were supposed to shoot.  Read the full article at https://www.thedodo.com/kids-hunting-befriend-deer-1492464317.html

The Food & Drug Administration has confirmed that arsenic found in certain kinds of chicken feed ends up in the chicken products that consumers purchase at grocery stores.  Read the full FDA report at http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ProductSafetyInformation/ucm258313.htm, and a report from MSN at http://www.msn.com/en-ca/foodanddrink/foodnews/finally-the-fda-admits-that-nearly-over-70percent-of-us-chickens-contain-cancer-causing-arsenic/ar-AA8cWca.

One Green Planet reports on Wildlife Services' campaign to remove wild horses from cattle ranches and dairy farms.  Many of the wild horses that are put up for adoption by the Bureau of Land Management are sadly sold to slaughterhouses.  Read the full story at http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/protected-wild-horses-sent-to-slaughter-after-government-oversight/.

Aired Dec 13, 2015

  Vegan executive chef JASON WYRICK was a vegetarian in his youth, but unhealthy eating options resulted in leaving him 100 pounds overweight and diabetic. With a vegan diet and exercise, Jason lost the weight and developed a love for vegan cooking. He trained in culinary school, and became the first vegan culinary instructor in the world-famous Le Cordon Bleu program.
http://thevegantaste.com/

Aired Dec 13, 2015

  Ruby Roth is a teacher and children's book author & illustrator.  Her recent books introduce young readers to a compassionate lifestyle, including "V is for Vegan," "Vegan is Love," and "That's Why We Don't Eat Animals."

http://www.wedonteatanimals.com/

Aired Nov. 8, 2015

Greenpeace

  In the wake on the news that bacon and red meat can cause cancer, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center reports that plant-based ingredients serve as cancer fighters.  Ginger has been shown to kill ovarian cancer cells.  Read more at http://www.cancer.med.umich.edu/news/gingerovarian06.shtml.

One Green Planet reports that the Amazon rainforest is shrinking at such a rapid rate, that it is causing weather patterns to fluctuate, affecting animals and people in the region.  Much of the deforestation is related to soy production to feed livestock.  Read more at http://www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/meat-burgers-amazon-rainforest/

Wildlifenews.com reports on a Florida bear hunt meant to control "problem bears" that encroach on human land.  Humans are, in fact, to blame for drawing bears to their neighborhoods through negligence.  Read more at http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2015/10/26/florida-black-bear-hunt-represents-failure-of-wildlife-management/

Aired Nov. 8, 2015

idausa.org

  Lisa Levinson is the director of the Sustainable Activism Campaign for In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal rights and rescue organization dedicated to protecting the rights, welfare and habitats of animals.  Levinson discusses the stress that affects many activists in their work to protect and rescue animals - they often witness abuse and cruelty that could make it difficult to carry out their mission.  IDA offers mentorships, retreats, and spiritual programs that can help activists deal with burnout, trauma, and emotional distress. Learn more at http://www.idausa.org and http://veganspirituality.com.

The Vegan Spirituality Group of Texas, organized by Stacey Price, offers support for listeners in the Lone Star State:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/144628869214154/permalink/156166401393734/

Aired Oct. 25, 2015

wildlifeextra.org

 

   The latest animal rights and vegan/vegetarian news:

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) reports that the California Coastal Commission has conditioned Sea World in San Diego to expand its orca tanks and add no additional orcas to the existing numbers.   Learn more at http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/calif-coastal-commission-protects-orcas-by-imposing-aldfs-suggested-conditions-on-seaworlds-expansion-plans/

The Dieting Guidelines Advisory Committee had recommended to the US Department of Agriculture that Americans be instructed to eat less meat for the sake of the environment.  Those guidelines were rejected by Republican members of Congress who were under pressure by the meat industry.

Outbreaks of food-borne diseases such as E. coli have led to the removal of wildlife from commercial vegetable crops, in the belief that wildlife fecal matter was causing these outbreaks.   However, removal of wildlife has not decreased these illnesses.  Some ecologists believe that an increase of wildlife in these areas would strengthen vegetable crops.  Read more at http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/wildlife-removed-from-veg-crops.html

Aired Oct. 25, 2015

Born Free Foundation

    Greg, Liz, and Tom run down the latest ACT Radio headlines.

The University of California at Berkeley has found a link between the bovine leukemia virus and human breast cancer.  The virus is found in dairy & beef cattle blood cells and mammary tissue.  Read more at http://news.berkeley.edu/2015/09/15/bovine-leukemia-virus-breast-cancer/

thelastpig.com

  Bob Comis is a former pig farmer who was aware of the horrible abuses that take place on factory farms.  He wanted to raise pigs in a humane fashion prior to their being sent to slaughter.  But one day Bob realized the pigs were thinking, feeling beings.  Bob decided to give up pig farming and take up veganic farming, and the documentary-in-the-works, "The Last Pig," documents his journey.  

Learn more about the film and help its Indiegogo campaign at  https://www.facebook.com/TheLastPig and https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-last-pig-a-documentary-feature#/

Aired Oct. 11, 2015.

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