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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. 


  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

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

  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.  


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

ACT RADIO: Brooke Goldner, pt 2

Jan 24, 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

ACT RADIO: Brooke Goldner, pt 1

Jan 10, 2016

  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


  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.

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."


Aired Nov. 8, 2015


  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


  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



   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


  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.

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/



   Cardiologist Heather Shenkman has personally seen the harm that a meat-based diet can cause to the human body: clogged arteries, heart disease, high blood pressure.  Hosts Greg, Liz and Tom talk with Dr. Shenkman as she shares her path to veganism with us, and talks about her experiences as an Ironman triathlete.

Follow Heather Shekman online http://veganheartdoc.blogspot.com/

Aired Sept. 27, 2015.

C Jonathan Troung, Center for Biological Diversity

    Hosts Greg Lawson, Liz Walsh, and Tom Linney share animal/vegan-related news:

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has released information documenting abuses towards chickens and workers at a Tyson Foods chicken slaughter plant.   http://aldf.org/about-us/programs/undercover-investigations-program/tyson-cruelty/

Another incident of animal abuse has been documented at a Tennessee chicken farm.  The undercover video was released by Mercy for Animals http://www.mercyforanimals.org/.  The chickens at the farm were used for chicken McNuggets at McDonald's restaurants.

Endangered jaguars in New Mexico are finding their designated habitat threatened by ranching interests.  http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/

Aired Sept 27, 2015.

  Hosts Greg Lawson and Tom Linney talk with animal advocate, educator, and veterinarian Linda Bender, whose book ANIMAL WISDOM explores the spiritual lives of animals.  How do dogs find their way home after being lost hundreds of miles away?  How does your cat know you are coming home at a certain hour?  Do homing pigeons have an inner GPS that guides them home?  http://lindabender.org/

Aired Sept. 13, 2015

Hampton Creek Foods


  Tom Linney & Greg Lawson run down the top vegan and animal rights news:

Dog racing is coming to an end at Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque, Texas.  These former racing greyhounds can be adopted through Greyhound Rescue Austin (http://www.greyhoundrescueaustin.com/) and the Texas Adopt a Greyhound Society (http://www.tagsintx.org/)

Research by Consumer Reports shows that a majority of ground beef found in our supermarkets contains fecal contamination (http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/food/how-safe-is-your-ground-beef)

The FDA is cracking down on Just Mayo for their so-called misleading labeling.  Just Mayo is a vegan, egg free mayonnaise. The FDA claims that Just Mayo is not a mayonnaise because it does not contain eggs.

Aired Sept 13, 2015

  Greg & Tom talk with Nelson Campbell, director of the documentary Plant Pure Nation.  The film documents failed efforts by the Kentucky legislature to push the benefits of a plant-based diet...efforts which were effectively killed off by agriculture industry lobbyists.  Campbell ended up taking his message to his small hometown of Mebane, North Carolina, and, in turn, transformed the community.


Aired Aug. 23, 2015

  Greg & Tom run down some of the top vegan and animal rights stories of the day.

  • Another study by a scientific journal shows that a plant-based diet improves human health and reduces destruction of the environment.
  • Ag-gag laws (laws that gag speech critical of industrial agriculture) are found to be unconstitutional in Idaho.
  • More and more American schools are instituting Meatless Mondays and healthful meals into their school days.

Aired Aug. 23, 2015

  Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with activist Will Tuttle, award-winning speaker, educator, and musician.  Tuttle is the author of THE WORLD PEACE DIET.  He explains why the concept of veganism and a compassionate diet dates back thousands of years, and why we need to reclaim the compassion for animals we have in our adult lives that we so willingly embraced as young children.  http://www.worldpeacediet.com/

The program closes with Curtis Mayfield's "Got to Have Peace."

Aired Aug. 9, 2015.



  Greg, Liz, and Tom welcome a trio of experts to explore how animal and agricultural practices in California are contributing to the drought there.  

Mike Hudak, formerly with the Sierra Club, explains how cattle-emitted methane is increasing the amounts of methane in our atmosphere.  Hudak also believes that the use of water to grow feed crops for cattle is unconstitutional.

Ara Marderosian, executive director of Sequoia ForestKeeper, talks about the wastefulness of the water used to irrigate almond crops, especially since tons of almond hulls are used as livestock feed.  

Todd Schuman, director of Wasteful Unreasonable Use, tells us how California's export of alfafa and hay is affecting climate change and contributing to drought.  

  Greg & Tom talk with Sonia Faruqi, author of "Project Animal Farm."  Faruqi found herself volunteering at a dairy farm expecting a pastoral experience.  What she discovered was abuse and a need for regulation.  This experience led her to visit factory farms around the world and explore ways to improve the lives of animals at factory & dairy farms.

  Rowdy Girl Sanctuary was created when a 4th-generation cattle rancher was given an ultimatum by his wife, who desperately cared for the animals she saw being sent to slaughter.  Greg & Tom talk with Renee King-Sonnen, who tells her inspirational story and the stories of the amazing animals on this cattle-ranch-turned-vegan farm animal sanctuary.