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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. 

jlgoesvegan.com

JL Fields is a blogger, cookbook author, and instructor at the Main Street Vegan Academy.  She joins us to explain how she walked away from a high-paying position at a nonprofit to become a vegan activist, and how she uses an individual approach to spread a message of compassion and health.

http://jlgoesvegan.com/

Aired Nov. 27, 2016

US Fish & Wildlife

The latest in vegan and animal rights news.

Various animal-related measures were passed across the United States on Election Day, including a bill in Massachusetts which prohibited the confinement of farm animals and the ban of the sale of meat & eggs resulting from these practices.  Read more: http://aldf.org/blog/wins-for-animal-protection-in-the-2016-election/

Protections for the Greater Sage-Grouse are being threatened due to the birds' habitat encroaching upon military bases...therefore posing a threat to national security.  Read more:  https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/greater-sage-grouse-11-18-2016.html

An El Paso bar has been following an internet trend of having customers gulp down live minnows in their cocktails.  The practice bypasses health regulations because the minnows are served on the side, but a petition is being circulated to encourage the bar to cease and desist.  The petition is available online at http://www.care2.com/causes/this-el-paso-bar-needs-to-stop-serving-drinks-with-live-fish.html

Aired Nov. 27, 2016

Rutz Group

The latest animal rights and vegetarian/vegan news:

The journal Open Science reports on tool making by wild crows in the South Pacific.  Read this report from BBC News: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37024393

The Union of Concerned Scientists is ranking beef producers for their use of deforestation-free beef.  Beef production is the leading cause of deforestation in South America.  Read more at http://www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/stop-deforestation/drivers-of-deforestation-2016-beef-cattle#.WCC4Ri0rK70

The World Wildlife Fund reports on a sharp decline in wildlife in the last 42 years, due solely to human activity.  Read more at http://www.worldwildlife.org/press-releases/food-and-energy-demand-drives-58-percent-decline-in-global-wildlife-populations-new-wwf-report

Aired Nov 13, 2016

Vegan foods are one of the fastest growing products in supermarkets, and are no longer relegated to specialty markets or online mail order.  Allyson Kramer is a cookbook author, and her latest book "Naturally Lean," not only offers vegan recipes for Cheesy BBQ Kale Chips and Avocado Chick'n Salad ...these recipes are also gluten free and under 300 calories!  Kramer was diagnosed with Celiac disease, and these recipes offer delicious and easy ways to work healthy, decadent meals into a diet that is anything but restrictive.

http://www.allysonkramer.com/

Aired Nov. 13, 2016

 Liz Specht is the Senior Scientist at the Good Food Institute.  Researchers there are working to increase the accessibility of plant-based and cultured alternatives to animal products.  These products would continue to provide consumers animal-based products without the cruelty involved in breeding and slaughtering animals, and products would also be free of hormones or harmful diseases such as E. coli or salmonella.

http://www.gfi.org/

Liz will be the guest speaker at the Vegetarian Society of El Paso's Compassionate Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 5 at the Country Inn & Suites, 900 Sunland Park.  Learn more at http://vsep.org/
 

Aired Oct 23, 2016

Tom Smylie, USFWS

The latest vegetarian/vegan and animal rights news:

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has settled a lawsuit with the organizer of a coyote killing contest in Kansas.  Read more here: http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/coyote-killing-contest-organizer-settles-lawsuit/

The Center for Biological Diversity and the Animal Welfare Institute are suing the United States Department of Agriculture and US Fish & Wildlife over the unintentional killing of ocelots as part of their long-running program to exterminate nuisance coyotes, bears, bobcats, and other wildlife in Arizona & Texas.  Read more at http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/ocelot-05-26-2016.html

Tyson Foods, the country's largest meat processor, is investing in Beyond Meat, a company that offers plant proteins and meatless options to consumers.  Tyson Foods's investment is just another example of the growing popularity of plant-based foods.  Read more at http://ir.tyson.com/investor-relations/news-releases/news-releases-details/2016/Beyond-Meat-and-Tyson-Foods-Announce-Investment-Agreement/default.aspx

Aired Oct 23, 2016

Naomi Sophia Call is an author, yoga teacher, nutritionist & consultant, and is the producer & co-director of "Called to Rescue."  She joins us to tell us why she was inspired to tell the story of the compassion she encountered at the country's many farm animal sanctuaries.  The animals on the sanctuaries were rescued from the cruel treatment at factory farms and slaughterhouses, and Naomi shares the stories of the rescued animals and the people whose lives they touched.  

http://www.calledtorescuefilm.com/

Aired Sept 25, 2016

The latest news in Animal Rights and Vegetarianism/Veganism:

US dairy producers are being asked to pay $52 million in an antitrust class action suit after being accused of slaughtering thousands of cows to reduce milk supplies and inflate prices.  Read more at Compassion Over Killing: http://cok.net/blog/2016/09/dairy-industry-price-fixing-settlement/

Compassion is not only good for our psychological health, but for our physical well-being.  Research is showing that a compassionate lifestyle can add years to our lives.  Read more at One Green Planet: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/how-showing-compassion-for-animals-can-improve-your-health/

A US Congressman has introduced a proposal to ban body-gripping traps (leg-holds and snares) by Wildlife Services.  Read more at the Center for Biological Diversity: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/wildlife-traps-09-08-2016.html

Aired Sept 25, 2016

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  The latest in animal rights and vegetarian/vegan news:

The BBC recently published an article about the consequences to wildlife if a wall were built along the US/Mexico border.  Cutting a migration route could lead to severe consequences in genetic diversity.  Read the article here: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37200583

The USDA is buying back 11 million pounds of cheese from a stockpile that resulted in falling demand for dairy products.  This may lead dairy producers to raise prices on their products.  How is this buyback affecting taxpayers?  Read more in this article from Taxpayers for Common Sense: http://www.taxpayer.net/media-center/article/helping-dairy-farms-usda-buys-20-million-worth-of-cheese

Aired Sept 11, 2016

  Robin Raven is an author, blogger, and activist who has published articles on the Huffington Post.  Her first children's book "Santa's First Vegan Christmas" grew out of an observation of "casual violence" when she noticed images of Santa with his reindeer.  In Robin's story, Santa wants Dana to join the other reindeer on his Christmas ride, but Dana helps Santa find kinder alternatives to delivering toys to boys & girls around the world.

Robin also shares her experiences growing up in the South as a young vegetarian.  Her father was a hunter.  Robin's mother was supportive of her decision, despite the occasional teasing that came her way.

https://www.facebook.com/RobinRaven/

Aired Sept 11, 2016

  Mark Renfield is an author and vegan chef whose new book "Healing the Vegan Way" walks vegans or vegans-to-be through delicious, filling recipes that take readers from salads to vegan sloppy joes and beyond!  Reinfeld talks about why "food activism" is probably the best way to get people turned on to a plant-based, compassionate lifestyle.  http://veganfusion.com/

Aired Aug. 28, 2016

WildEarth Guardians

  The latest vegan-related news and animal activism.

Millennials are behind the meteoric rise of veganism in Europe.  Read more at http://veganenthusiasts.com/2016/08/19/millennials-driving-a-rise-of-veganism/

Krill-based omega supplements are depleting the Antarctic of a specials critical to aquatic life and other Antarctic life.  Read more at http://www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/omega-supplement-killing-marine-animals/

The Texas Hornshell is a mussel that is being recommended for endangered species protection due to damming and overuse of the Rio Grande.  Read more at  https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/texas-hornshell-08-09-2016.html

Aired Aug. 28, 2016

  The latest animal rights and vegetarian/vegan news:

The Cornucopia Institute has recently released its "Scrambled Eggs" report, which reveals fraud in the "organic" egg industry.  Most organic eggs on the market do not meet organic standards, despite receiving the USDA stamp of approval.  Read the full report here: http://www.cornucopia.org/scrambled-eggs-separating-factory-farm-egg-production-from-authentic-organic-agriculture/

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) reports that Sea World has dropped its lawsuit challenging restrictions on its captive orca program.  Read more here: http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/seaworld-drops-lawsuit-challenging-restrictions-on-captive-orca-program/

Aired Aug. 14, 2016

Lisa Versaci and John Papola are the husband-and-wife filmmakers behind "At the Fork."  Lisa, a vegetarian, and omnivore John take a trip to factory farms to explore the moral dilemma between how animals are treated at these facilities and why we choose to eat them despite knowing the cruel facts. Oftentimes, its the farmers themselves who encounter the moral dilemmas.  

http://attheforkfilm.com/

Aired Aug. 14, 2016

  Hormel Foods is being sued for their "Natural Choice" brand of lunch meat.  "Natural" and "all-natural" are labels that are often imply the lack of additives, hormones, antibiotics, and sustainable practices.  Undercover video has revealed inhumane practices at the factory farm that provides Hormel Foods with their meat.  Read more at http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/hormel-sued-for-deceptive-misleading-advertising-of-so-called-natural-products/

Meat taxes are being recommended by a U.N. panel in order to reduce the widespread environmentally-harmful effects of the production of red meat.  China has already recommended a reduction in meat consumption, and Denmark is also proposing a tax on red meat.  Read more in this story from the Star-Telegram http://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/world/article87172062.html

Aired July 10, 2016

Hal Marcus

  Local artist Hal Marcus joins us to talk about how a plant-based diet and a compassionate lifestyle has positively affected his life and art.  He believes that spreading the word about the health and spiritual benefits of a plant-based diet will eventually change the world.  Hal is not only walking the walk, but talking the talk - he is the Second Vice President of the Vegetarian Society of El Paso (VSEP), and he and his wife are paying $10 of the $20 yearly VSEP membership fee for every new member who mentions this program.

Information: http://vsep.org/.

View Hal's art at http://www.halmarcus.com/

Aired July 10, 2016

  The latest news in vegan nutrition and animal activism:

Studies show that the blood of vegans has more cancer-fighting abilities than the blood of individuals who follow the standard American diet.  Read more: http://www.riseofthevegan.com/blog/scientists-find-blood-from-vegans-is-eight-times-more-protective-against-cancer

United Egg Producers aim to end chick culling by 2020.  Over 250 million male chicks are culled every year because they are considered unnecessary and cannot lay eggs.  Read more: https://www.thedodo.com/united-egg-producers-end-chick-culling-2020-1851945802.html

Dungeness crab fishermen are being asked to change their practices because whales are being entangled and killed in their nets.  Read more: https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/whale-entanglements-06-09-2016.html

Aired June 26, 2016

  Lori Marino is a neuroscientist, an expert in animal behavior & intelligence, and the founder & executive director of the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy.  As a scientist and an animal advocate, she demonstrates the effective use of science to advance advocacy issues.  Her Whale Sanctuary Project is a multidisciplinary effort to provide a seaside sanctuary for former captive marine mammals.  Orcas and other creatures showcased at aquatic theme parks will have a more natural environment to li  ve out their natural lives.

http://www.whalesanctuaryproject.org/

Aired June 26, 2016

extinctionfacts.org

    

The latest news in animal rights and plant-based diets:

Mercy for Animals recently posted amateur video documenting cases of cruelty at a Tyson Foods plant in Tennessee.   The poultry industry has been encouraged by many animal rights groups to change they way they process & breed the 8 billion chickens we consume in the U.S.  Read more and view the video here:  http://www.mercyforanimals.org/

Santa Cruz Biotechnology must pay a $3.5 million penalty for animal welfare violations.  They were sued under California's new animal cruelty law and unfair competition law.    The facility can no longer use animals covered by the Animal Welfare Act in their research.  Read more here:  http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/cost-of-animal-cruelty-skyrockets-animal-research-facility-to-pay-unprecedented-3-5-million-penalty-over-animal-welfare-violations/

The Center for Biological Diversity has created Extinction Food Labels to mirror the nutritional facts labels on many food items.  The labels reveal the REAL cost of what we eat, including the costs of carbon emissions, habitat loss, and water pollution.  Learn more at http://extinctionfacts.org

Aired June 12, 2016

  Lauren Ng is an ordained minister and a vegan recipe blogger.  Her path to veganism began while studying at seminary.  She shares with us why her Christian values and her compassionate diet go hand in hand, and why we should have compassion for all creatures on the earth.  Check out Lauren's food blog, One Happy Table at http://www.onehappytable.com, and read her post "The Church Potluck, Reimagined" at http://www.ourhenhouse.org/2014/07/the-church-potluck-reimagined/ .

Aired June 12, 2016.

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

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