KTEP - El Paso, Texas

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. 

Greg talks with Josephine Bellaccomo, pitch consultant and communication coach, about how to communicate with and convince people in positions of power to make compassionate changes in their practices.  Bellaccomo also talks about why appearance and self confidence can communicate a message more effectively than the message itself.  www.movethemessage.comAired Nov. 25, 2012.

Greg & Liz welcome back Dr. Michael Greger, a physician, author, and director of Public Health & Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.  Greger talks about the latest research which reveals the health benefits of a plant based diet, including possible reversal of slow-growing early-stage cancers such as testicular cancer.  He also talks about foods that have been shown to extend life, and why you have to follow the evidence when it comes to conflicting claims about healthy diets.  www.nutritionfacts.org.

Aired Nov. 11, 2012.

Liz, Greg, and Tom talk with Matt Rice, Director of Investigations with Mercy for Animals.  Rice talks about the undercover video investigations which have led to criminal charges against dairy and factory farms which were documented performing heinous acts of animal abuse.  He also discusses efforts to get fast food restaurants like Burger King to stop doing business with factory farms that partake in abusive practices.  www.burgerkingcruelty.com (graphic content), www.mercyforanimals.org

Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with Camilla Fox, founder & executive director of Project Coyote. Fox talks about the government mandated killings of hundreds of thousands of coyotes and other carnivorous predators courtesy of the USDA's Wildlife Services. Wildlife Services often employs cruel methods in trapping and killing these creatures, including the use of traps, poisons, and aerial shooting. www.projectcoyote.org Aired Aug. 26, 2012.

Greg & Liz talk with biologist and animal behaviorist, Jonathan Balcombe, who has written books on animal behavior including "Pleasurable Kingdom" and "The Exultant Ark." He discusses the dilemmas facing many biologists on the topic of animal experimentation, as well as why much of science does not universally accept that animals purposefully seek pleasure through touch, grooming, and eating. www.jonathanbalcombe.com Aired Sept. 9, 2012.

Pigeon Shoots - Greg, Tom, and Liz talk with Steve Hindi, founder & president of SHARK (SHowing Animals Respect & Kindness). Hindi is a former hunter & fisherman whose life was transformed after he observed a mass pigeon shoot. He discusses the cruelty and illegality of the practice, and why it convinced him to stop hunting animals. www.sharkonline.org, pashame.com  Aired 23, 2012.

Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with salamander conservation advocate Matt Ellerbeck, who talks about the threat of salamander habitat destruction caused by urbanization and chemical pollution. He also puts to rest the often-negative perception that amphibians and reptiles receive as "slimy" or "cold-blooded" in the metaphorical sense. www.savethesalamanders.com Aired Oct. 14, 2012.

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