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With Wayne Pacelle and Tracie Hotchner

Hosted by author and radio show host Tracie Hotchner, "Humane Talk" is a weekly, 15-minute conversation with Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the nation's largest animal protection organization, The Humane Society of the United States. Tune in to the podcast every Friday for the latest on animals in our world.

Download Pets of Valor  05-03-2016 (5.95 MB)

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Pets of Valor

  • Pets of Valor
  • The HSUS’ mission statement is Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty. The HSUS addresses the most egregious forms of cruelty against animals, but also celebrates the human-animal bond and animals that go above and beyond. Wayne and Tracie discuss the Pets of Valor award, which recognizes companion animals who have acted in heroic ways to save their human counterparts.




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Download The HSUS Annual Report  05-03-2016 (6.34 MB)

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The HSUS Annual Report

  • The HSUS Annual Report
  • The HSUS recently released its 2012 annual report, showing the huge accomplishments of the organization for the year. Tracie and Wayne discuss the why The HSUS is the most effective animal welfare organization in the country and how animals have benefited from its important work.




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Download Episode 87: Closing the Last Gas Chambers  05-03-2016 (6.83 MB)

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Episode 87: Closing the Last Gas Chambers

  • Episode 87: Closing the Last Gas Chambers
  • Wayne and Tracie discuss the use of gas chambers, an antiquated and inhumane method of euthanizing shelter animals. Recently, Texas banned gas chambers, Mississippi shuttered the last chamber in the state, and Kansas closed one of the last in their state as well. Soon, gas chambers will be a thing of the past, and The HSUS has helped to lead the way.


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Download Episode 86: Animal Fighting Spectator Bill  05-03-2016 (6.55 MB)

Duration: 14:18 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 64 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Episode 86: Animal Fighting Spectator Bill

  • Episode 86: Animal Fighting Spectator Bill
  • All 50 states have laws that ban animal fighting, however a dangerous loophole exists in federal law that prevents spectators from being arrested or prosecuted. Consequently, the majority of people attending the fights walk away without consequence. This bill would close the loophole and include a ban on adults bringing children to animal fights. Tracie and Wayne discuss the history of animal fights and why this law is so important.




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Download Episode 84: The King Amendment  05-03-2016 (6.51 MB)

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Episode 84: The King Amendment

  • Episode 84: The King Amendment
  • Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has proposed an amendment to the Farm Bill that would nullify any standards approved at the state level to regulate agriculture. The amendment passed the House Agriculture Committee and if passed by the full House, could allow the overturning of every voter-approved animal welfare ballot measure relating to agriculture. The HSUS is continuing the fight to strip this incredibly destructive provision from the Farm Bill.




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Download Episode 85: Nightmare in Mississippi  05-03-2016 (6.45 MB)

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Episode 85: Nightmare in Mississippi

  • Episode 85: Nightmare in Mississippi
  • The conditions The HSUS Animal Rescue Team witnessed at a recent puppy mill raid in Mississippi were nothing short of appalling. It was, in a word, a nightmare for the animals. Wayne and Tracie talk about  the rescue, the problem of puppy mills, and the PUPS Act, a federal bill that would require direct sellers of 50 or more puppies per year to be federally licensed and inspected for basic humane standards of care.


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Download Episode 83: Victory for Dolphins  05-03-2016 (6.15 MB)

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Episode 83: Victory for Dolphins

  • Episode 83: Victory for Dolphins
  • Wayne and Tracie discuss the recent developments in the ongoing struggle to keep dolphin-safe tuna labeling requirements intact. After Mexico challenged the U.S. dolphin-safe tuna law under WTO principles, saying it unfairly discriminated against them, the U.S. complied with the ruling. But instead of dismantling the dolphin-safe standards, the Obama administration is expanding the scope of the law to all apply to all oceans.




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Download Episode 82: Get the Lead Out  05-03-2016 (6.04 MB)

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Episode 82: Get the Lead Out

  • Episode 82: Get the Lead Out
  • Assembly Bill 711 seeks to ban the use of toxic lead ammunition in California. Lead bullets continue to kill wildlife long after being discharged. A California condor, a golden eagle, and countless other animals have died after ingesting lead shot. Lead ammunition poses a threat to the environment, wildlife, and even humans, and non-lead alternatives are widely available. Tracie and Wayne discuss the issue and why the ban is necessary.




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Download Episode 81: Canada's Seal Slaughter  05-03-2016 (6.39 MB)

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Episode 81: Canada's Seal Slaughter

  • Episode 81: Canada's Seal Slaughter
  • Thousands of baby seals are clubbed to death during the Canadian seal slaughter each year. Although there is little demand for seal fur, the Canadian government continues to buy up the excess pelts. This year, The HSUS was the only organization in the air to witness the slaughter and report back. Wayne and Tracie discuss this year's slaughter and how The HSUS continues to work to end it.




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Download Episode 80: Michigan Wolves and Doves  05-03-2016 (6.61 MB)

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Episode 80: Michigan Wolves and Doves

  • Episode 80: Michigan Wolves and Doves
  • Michigan Senate Bill 288 would allow the repeal of one of the most popular ballot measures in Michigan history, which outlawed the target shooting of mourning doves. It would also derail the recent wolf protection referendum that garnered more than a quarter million signatures and would allow the unelected, seven-member Michigan Natural Resources Commission to add animals to the list of game species without public input. Wayne and Tracie discuss the bill and its implications.




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Download Epidsode 79: Wayne and Ellen Speak Up for Animals  05-03-2016 (6.66 MB)

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Epidsode 79: Wayne and Ellen Speak Up for Animals

  • Epidsode 79: Wayne and Ellen Speak Up for Animals
  • Tracie and Wayne discuss Wayne's recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where he talked about the dangerous Tennessee anti-whistleblower bill that's on its way to Governor Bill Haslam's desk. They also discuss the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, a federal bill that would strengthen the Horse Protection Act to include horse soring – a cruel method of forcing exaggerated gaits of Tennessee walking horses, called the "Big Lick."




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Download Episode 78: Meatless Mondays  05-03-2016 (7.2 MB)

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Episode 78: Meatless Mondays

  • Episode 78: Meatless Mondays
  • The second largest school district in the country, Los Angeles Unified, recently made a commitment to go meat-free on Mondays. Wayne and Tracie discuss why decreasing meat consumption is essential to public and social health, the environment and animal welfare.




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Download Episode 77: PUPS Act & Puppy Mills  05-03-2016 (7.46 MB)

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Episode 77: PUPS Act & Puppy Mills

  • Episode 77: PUPS Act & Puppy Mills
  • Wayne and Tracie discuss puppy mills, the AKC, and the recently introduced PUPS Act – federal legislation that would close a loophole that allows puppy millers to sell over the internet without regulation.




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Download Episode 76: Wolf Reintroduction Ends in Tragedy  05-03-2016 (6.35 MB)

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Episode 76: Wolf Reintroduction Ends in Tragedy

  • Episode 76: Wolf Reintroduction Ends in Tragedy
  • Starting in the 1990s, there was an effort to reintroduce wolves in the Northern Rockies. Many people were quick to label the effort a success, but that was a premature judgment. Since wolves were stripped of federal protections in 2011, hundreds have been slaughtered. Wayne and Tracie discuss these apex predators and why the reintroduction efforts have failed.




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Download Episode 75: Is Your Fur Faux?  05-03-2016 (6.44 MB)

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Episode 75: Is Your Fur Faux?

  • Episode 75: Is Your Fur Faux?
  • The FTC has taken action against several big name retailers that falsely advertised real fur as faux fur. The HSUS has conducted many investigations exposing falsely labeled or falsely advertised fur garments. Wayne and Tracie discuss the recent developments and the cruelty behind real fur.




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Download Episode 74: Horse Meat on the Menu?  05-03-2016 (6.74 MB)

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Episode 74: Horse Meat on the Menu?

  • Episode 74: Horse Meat on the Menu?
  • Wayne and Tracie discuss the issues surrounding horse slaughter and horse meat, and the recent developments in the European Union and the U.S. regarding meat contamination, welfare concerns, and food safety problems.




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Download Episode 73: When Animals Are In Need, The HSUS Is There  05-03-2016 (6.53 MB)

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Episode 73: When Animals Are In Need, The HSUS Is There

  • Episode 73: When Animals Are In Need, The HSUS Is There
  • Wayne and Tracie discuss all the ways in which The HSUS helps animals - particularly in terms of direct care. Contrary to the claims of many opposition groups, The HSUS is the No. 1 organization in the nation for hands-on animal care.




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Download Episode 72: Whistleblower Suppression Laws  05-03-2016 (7.36 MB)

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Episode 72: Whistleblower Suppression Laws

  • Episode 72: Whistleblower Suppression Laws
  • One of the only methods of bringing individuals and companies who engage in serious animal cruelty offenses to justice is to videotape or photograph them engaging in the illegal act. Whistleblower suppression laws seek to criminalize these undercover investigations. Wayne and Tracie discuss what these laws would cover, how investigations help to hold these businesses accountable, and why ag-gag laws need to be stopped.




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Download Episode 71: NIH Working Group Finds Chimps Should No Longer be Used for Invasive Research  05-03-2016 (6.88 MB)

Duration: 15:02 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 64 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Episode 71: NIH Working Group Finds Chimps Should No Longer be Used for Invasive Research

  • Episode 71: NIH Working Group Finds Chimps Should No Longer be Used for Invasive Research
  • Recently, the National Institutes of Health set up a working group to determine whether or not research on chimpanzees is necessary. They found that all but 50 chimps should be permanently retired and research discontinued. As the only nation still conducting research on chimps, this brings the U.S. one step closer to being in line with the rest of the world. Wayne and Tracie discuss the findings and talk about the sanctuary the chimps will be sent to.




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Download Episode 70: Saying Goodbye to Billy and Working to Stop Puppy Mills  05-03-2016 (5.99 MB)

Duration: 13:04 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 64 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Episode 70: Saying Goodbye to Billy and Working to Stop Puppy Mills

  • Episode 70: Saying Goodbye to Billy and Working to Stop Puppy Mills
  • Billy was a puppy mill rescue dog whose video turned into an overnight internet sensation. The years of neglect Billy suffered were too much, and sadly, he passed away in December. Tracie and Wayne discuss puppy mills and The HSUS' efforts to stop them.




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