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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.

Episodes Archive

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

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.

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

The HSUS Annual Report

  • The HSUS recently released its 2012 annual report, showing the huge accomplishments of the organization for the year.

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

Episode 87: Closing the Last Gas Chambers

  • Wayne and Tracie discuss gas chambers, an antiquated and inhumane method of euthanizing shelter animals.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Episode 85: Nightmare in Mississippi

  • The conditions our 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.

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

Episode 83: Victory for Dolphins

  • Wayne and Tracie discuss the recent developments in the ongoing struggle to keep dolphin-safe tuna labeling requirements intact.

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

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 into the environment.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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 is making its way to Governor Bill Haslam's desk.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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 EU and the U.S. regarding meat contamination, welfare concerns, and food safety problems.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

  • Billy was a puppy mill 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.

Download Episode 69: Street Dog Welfare  05-03-2016 (5.64 MB)

Episode 69: Street Dog Welfare

  • Street dogs make up nearly half of the world's population of canines. Wayne talks about HSI's innovative program to spay/neuter and vaccinate street dogs, bringing the population down to a more manageable level.

Download Episode 68: Animal Welfare in India  05-03-2016 (7.07 MB)

Episode 68: Animal Welfare in India

  • Wayne and Tracie talk about his recent trip to India and the animal protection issues that Humane Society International is addressing in the newly opened offices in the country.

Download Episode 67: Disaster Response from Katrina to Sandy  05-03-2016 (4.26 MB)

Episode 67: Disaster Response from Katrina to Sandy

  • Wayne discusses his experiences on the ground in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and how disaster preparedness and response with regard to animals has changed in the years since Katrina.

Download Episode 66: Progress for Animals in 2012 (Part 2)  05-03-2016 (7.72 MB)

Episode 66: Progress for Animals in 2012 (Part 2)

  • Part 2 of 2: Tracie and Wayne continue their conversation about progress made for animals by The HSUS in 2012.

Download Episode 65: Progress for Animals in 2012 (Part 1)  05-03-2016 (6.17 MB)

Episode 65: Progress for Animals in 2012 (Part 1)

  • Part 1 of 2: Every year The HSUS works tirelessly to create a more humane world for animals. Listen as Wayne and Tracie discuss the major milestones reached in 2012 state by state.

Download Episode 64: Wolves Under Fire  05-03-2016 (6.15 MB)

Episode 64: Wolves Under Fire

  • Less than a year after the USFWS de-listed wolves in the Great Lakes region, Wisconsin and Minnesota open wolf hunting and trapping seasons. Tracie and Wayne discuss the implications of this tragic development and how The HSUS is responding.

Download Episode 63: Putting a Stop to the Cruel Beluga Whale Trade  05-03-2016 (6.33 MB)

Episode 63: Putting a Stop to the Cruel Beluga Whale Trade

  • Eighteen beluga whales who were captured in Russian seas are set to be put on display at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. If the permit for their import is approved, it will set a precedent that will have devastating consequences for wild belugas.

Download Episode 62: It's Time to End Chimpanzee Research  05-03-2016 (6.61 MB)

Episode 62: It's Time to End Chimpanzee Research

  • Listen in as Wayne and Tracy discuss how and why we should phase out medical research on chimpanzees and retire those currently living in labs to sanctuaries.

Download Episode 61: Going Undercover to Reveal Abuse and Help Animals  05-03-2016 (12.39 MB)

Episode 61: Going Undercover to Reveal Abuse and Help Animals

  • The HSUS conducts undercover investigations at factory farms, research labs, slaughterhouses, and other places where animal cruelty is often hidden behind closed doors. Hear more about the courageous work of investigators and how they help animals.

Download Episode 60: Reforming Policies to Help Animals  05-03-2016 (12.81 MB)

Episode 60: Reforming Policies to Help Animals

  • The HSUS rescues thousands of pets and runs a network of sanctuaries, but we also protect animals by reforming policies in Congress, at the state level, and in the courts. Learn more about how these efforts are improving conditions for so many animals.

Download Episode 59: Companies Backslide on Animal Testing Policies  05-03-2016 (14.15 MB)

Episode 59: Companies Backslide on Animal Testing Policies

  • Was the shampoo you use tested on animals? Did your toothpaste or lipstick cause suffering for animals in labs? We've made great progress in phasing out animal tests for many products, but recently several companies backslid on their cruelty-free pledges.

Download Episode 58: Touring the Heartland of America  05-03-2016 (12.42 MB)

Episode 58: Touring the Heartland of America

  • Hear about Wayne's recent tour of farms in rural America, and more about how The Humane Society of the United States is working with farmers to phase out cruel confinement and work together to advance animal welfare.

Download Episode 57: Domestic Dog Fur for Sale in the United States  05-03-2016 (5.56 MB)

Episode 57: Domestic Dog Fur for Sale in the United States

  • It's illegal to sell products containing domestic dog or cat fur in the United States, thanks to legislation supported by The HSUS more than a decade ago. But in 2012, our investigators found domestic dog fur for sale in the U.S.

Download Episode 56: Major Moments in Animal Protection, Continued  05-03-2016 (7.45 MB)

Episode 56: Major Moments in Animal Protection, Continued

  • Hear more about major moments for the animal protection movement in recent years. In this continuation, Tracie and Wayne discuss the Hallmark-Westland undercover investigation of a dairy cow slaughter plant, and how people can seek out more humane food.

Download Episode 55: Five Landmark Moments for Animal Protection  05-03-2016 (6.74 MB)

Episode 55: Five Landmark Moments for Animal Protection

  • Learn more about five of the most important events in the recent history of animal protection, including the rescue of pets after Hurricane Katrina, the arrest of Michael Vick for dogfighting, and the ban on extreme confinement of farm animals in Calif.

Download Episode 54: Undercover Video Reveals Abuse to Horses  05-03-2016 (6.96 MB)

Episode 54: Undercover Video Reveals Abuse to Horses

  • A recent HSUS investigation uncovered shocking abuse of Tennessee walking horses. Learn more about horse soring, the intentional infliction of pain to produce a high-stepping gait, and the aftermath of this investigation.

Download Episode 53: Where the Wild Things Shouldn't Be  05-03-2016 (6.15 MB)

Episode 53: Where the Wild Things Shouldn't Be

  • Why is it a bad idea to keep a Bengal tiger or a chimpanzee in your backyard, basement, or living room? Find out more about the problems with the exotic pet trade, including a tragic incident recently in Zanesville, Ohio.

Download Episode 52: Doublespeak from American Kennel Club on Puppy Mills  05-03-2016 (7.26 MB)

Episode 52: Doublespeak from American Kennel Club on Puppy Mills

  • The American Kennel Club says it stands for responsible breeders and the welfare of dogs. Yet it has opposed dozens of laws to set basic standards for puppy mills. Listen to this episode to learn why, and for an update on a USDA proposal to protect dogs.

Download Episode 51: Protecting Parrots and Other Birds  05-03-2016 (6.6 MB)

Episode 51: Protecting Parrots and Other Birds

  • Tracie and Wayne discuss the recent rescue of more than 120 neglected parrots from a supposed sanctuary in Ohio. Though some types of birds make wonderful pets, parrots are intelligent, social, can live many decades, and need specialized care.

Download Episode 50: Investigation Shines Light on Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses  05-03-2016 (6.96 MB)

Episode 50: Investigation Shines Light on Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses

  • An HSUS undercover investigation showed Tennessee walking horses having caustic chemicals applied to their legs as well as being whipped, kicked, and shocked in the face. Learn more about the public awareness and criminal indictments that followed.

Download Episode 49: Tigers and More Rescued from Exotic Animal Park  05-03-2016 (6.15 MB)

Episode 49: Tigers and More Rescued from Exotic Animal Park

  • The issue of keeping dangerous wild animals in backyards or substandard roadside zoos continues to be in the news. Hear about a recent rescue of tigers, leopards, and other animals from an Oklahoma roadside zoo with poor conditions and safety risks.

Download Episode 47: Working with Law Enforcement to Protect Animals  05-03-2016 (6.92 MB)

Episode 47: Working with Law Enforcement to Protect Animals

  • The HSUS works with law enforcement officials to help rescue pets, crack down on animal fighting, protect wildlife, and much more. Find out how this cooperation takes place in this week's episode of Humane Talk.

Download Episode 48: Speak Up Now to Help Dogs in Puppy Mills  05-03-2016 (7.26 MB)

Episode 48: Speak Up Now to Help Dogs in Puppy Mills

  • Countless puppy mill dogs are sold over the Internet with little oversight because of a legal loophole. Before July 16, please comment to support requiring large-scale breeders selling dogs online or directly to the public to meet basic standards of care.

Download Episode 46: Get Educated on Animal Issues at Humane Society University  05-03-2016 (5.34 MB)

Episode 46: Get Educated on Animal Issues at Humane Society University

  • Find out how you can go to school for animals at Humane Society University, with classes online and in Washington, D.C. The university has a wide range of courses and offers undergraduate degrees, graduate certificates, and master's degrees.

Download Episode 45: Helping Street Dogs in the Asian Nation of Bhutan  05-03-2016 (6.92 MB)

Episode 45: Helping Street Dogs in the Asian Nation of Bhutan

  • Hear about the ongoing project in Bhutan, a small county in Asia, where Humane Society International is helping street dogs and communities by sterilizing tens of thousands of free-roaming dogs.

Download Episode 44: Racing Is a Dangerous Game for Horses  05-03-2016 (5.45 MB)

Episode 44: Racing Is a Dangerous Game for Horses

  • This episode looks into how competitive horse racing leads to the injury and death of far too many horses. A recent series in the New York Times brought more attention to the serious problems with injuries, drugs, and overbreeding in the industry.

Download Episode 43: California Wildlife Official Kills Mountain Lion on Guided Trophy Hunt  05-03-2016 (6.52 MB)

Episode 43: California Wildlife Official Kills Mountain Lion on Guided Trophy Hunt

  • Although Californians banned hunting mountain lions with dogs two decades ago, the president of the state Fish & Game Commission recently traveled to Idaho to corner and kill a cougar with a pack of dogs. Wayne and Tracie discuss the controversy.

Download Episode 42: Join us at Animal Care EXPO or Taking Action for Animals  05-03-2016 (6.8 MB)

Episode 42: Join us at Animal Care EXPO or Taking Action for Animals

  • Learn more about how to make a difference for animals by signing up for our Taking Action for Animals conference this July, offering workshops and a wealth of information. Animal care professionals, please join us for our Animal Care EXPO this May.

Download Episode 41: Getting Closer to Ending the Canadian Seal Slaughter  05-03-2016 (5.49 MB)

Episode 41: Getting Closer to Ending the Canadian Seal Slaughter

  • Learn about the growing momentum to stop the commercial slaughter of baby harp seals in Canada. More and more countries are closing their borders to the seal fur trade, and animal advocates are speaking out against the killing.

Download Episode 40: Pets Used for Experiments  05-03-2016 (11.45 MB)

Episode 40: Pets Used for Experiments

  • Wayne and Tracie discuss the little-known problem of Class B dealers, who acquire pets from shelters, "free to good home" ads, and other sources, then sell them to be used in experiments. Hear about how these random-source dealers are on their way out.

Download Episode 39: Contraceptive Vaccine for Humane Wild Horse Management  05-03-2016 (13.74 MB)

Episode 39: Contraceptive Vaccine for Humane Wild Horse Management

  • Wild horses are an iconic part of the U.S. landscape, but the government rounds up thousands annually. Find out how a safe contraceptive vaccine for these animals can help manage their populations, and learn about the history of wild horse protection.

Download Episode 38: McDonald's Announcement is Great News for Pigs  05-03-2016 (14.65 MB)

Episode 38: McDonald's Announcement is Great News for Pigs

  • Hear about McDonald's taking action to move toward ending the use of gestation crates for breeding pigs. More and more restaurant chains, pork producers, and food service companies are making similar announcements to phase out this cruel confinement.

Download Episode 37: 'Horse Diving' Act Canceled after Outcry  05-03-2016 (13.74 MB)

Episode 37: 'Horse Diving' Act Canceled after Outcry

  • An Atlantic City business recently scrapped plans to re-open a "horse diving" act. This dangerous spectacle became popular in the 1920s, with horses forced to walk up to an elevated platform that drops and plunges them 30 or 40 feet into a tank of water.

Download Episode 36: New Bill to Help Egg-Laying Hens  05-03-2016 (7.17 MB)

Episode 36: New Bill to Help Egg-Laying Hens

  • Hear more about the good news for hens: Federal lawmakers have introduced a bill to phase out barren battery cages for egg-laying hens and give these birds more space. Wayne and Tracie explain the details and the efforts to pass this important bill.

Download Episode 34: The Dangers of Large Constrictor Snakes as Pets  05-03-2016 (6.26 MB)

Episode 34: The Dangers of Large Constrictor Snakes as Pets

  • Invasive Burmese pythons are killing native animals in Florida, while pythons and other large constrictors kept as pets have killed several people. Learn about stopping the pet trade in large constrictor snakes to protect animal welfare and public safety.

Download Episode 35: Killing Campaigns against Coyotes  05-03-2016 (6.85 MB)

Episode 35: Killing Campaigns against Coyotes

  • The U.S. government poisons and traps many coyotes and other wild animals, often in cruel ways. Find out why The HSUS is working to stop this taxpayer-funded killing program, and to replace it with effective nonlethal methods.

Download Episode 32: Report Card for the Obama Administration  05-03-2016 (7.66 MB)

Episode 32: Report Card for the Obama Administration

  • Find out why The HSUS gave the Obama administration a C-minus grade for 2011, looking at important animal welfare issues such as wild horses, chimps in research, puppy mills, protection of farm animals, trophy hunting of wolves, and more.

Download Episode 33: Operation Cyberwild  05-03-2016 (5.76 MB)

Episode 33: Operation Cyberwild

  • Hear about the intriguing investigation called Operation Cyberwild that found products made from tiger skin, elephant skin, and other wildlife parts being sold online. HSUS volunteers helped federal officials uncover this illegal trafficking.

Download Episode 30: Good News for Chimpanzees  05-03-2016 (7.1 MB)

Episode 30: Good News for Chimpanzees

  • Learn more about the amazing lives of chimps and some recent good news for these animals, such as a federal study concluding that biomedical research on them is unnecessary.

Download Episode 31: New Front Group Tries to Divide Animal Advocates  05-03-2016 (5.84 MB)

Episode 31: New Front Group Tries to Divide Animal Advocates

  • This episode uncovers the dealings of PR front-man Richard Berman and his involvement with a new group, the so-called "Humane Society for Shelter Pets," attacking The HSUS. Berman has formed many front groups to try to discredit public interest charities.

Download Episode 29: Wolves Under Attack  05-03-2016 (6.87 MB)

Episode 29: Wolves Under Attack

  • Learn more about the serious threats facing gray wolves today--animals who were nearly eradicated in the continental U.S. by trapping, hunting, and poisoning. Tracie and Wayne also talk about why protecting wolves is sometimes controversial.

Download Episode 28: Problems with Purebred Dog Breeding  05-03-2016 (6.86 MB)

Episode 28: Problems with Purebred Dog Breeding

  • Tracie and Wayne explore the serious health problems caused by breeding dogs for their appearance instead of well-being, highlighted by a New York Times Magazine article on bulldogs. Find out more about calls to prioritize the dogs' health and welfare.

Download Episode 26: The Campaign against Cramped Crates for Breeding Pigs  05-03-2016 (7.76 MB)

Episode 26: The Campaign against Cramped Crates for Breeding Pigs

  • Learn about the problem of gestation crates, where many breeding pigs are confined on factory farms for most of their lives without being able to turn around. This episode discusses how animal advocates are campaigning to phase out these cruel crates.

Download Episode 27: Buyer Beware - Online Sales of Puppy Mill Dogs  05-03-2016 (7.02 MB)

Episode 27: Buyer Beware - Online Sales of Puppy Mill Dogs

  • Cute puppies for sale over the Internet may win over unsuspecting consumers, but a recent investigation linked a major puppy broker to inhumane puppy mills. Hear more about the investigation and how to avoid supporting puppy mills when getting a dog.

Download Episode 25: Celebrating 2011's Victories for Animals  05-03-2016 (6.66 MB)

Episode 25: Celebrating 2011's Victories for Animals

  • Tracie and Wayne talk about some of the biggest victories for animals in 2011, such as an agreement between The HSUS and a major egg industry group to phase out barren battery cages for hens, as well as good news on pet rescue, shark finning, and more.

Download Episode 24: New Year's Resolutions for a Humane Diet  05-03-2016 (6.95 MB)

Episode 24: New Year's Resolutions for a Humane Diet

  • As we approach the new year, listen to an encore episode about how the choices we make when we sit down to eat make a big difference for animals. Choosing to join in Meatless Mondays or buy cage-free eggs can make great New Year's resolutions.

Download Episode 23: Pets for Life Helps Underserved Communities  05-03-2016 (6.75 MB)

Episode 23: Pets for Life Helps Underserved Communities

  • HSUS's Pets for Life programs in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, and other cities reach out to underserved communities to host free pet health clinics, strengthen the bond between people and their pets, and more.

Download Episode 22: The Shelter Pet Project Spreads the Word on Pet Adoption  05-03-2016 (6.41 MB)

Episode 22: The Shelter Pet Project Spreads the Word on Pet Adoption

  • The Shelter Pet Project, a project of The HSUS, the Ad Council, and pet foundation Maddie's Fund, is promoting shelter adoptions through a national ad campaign. Hear more about this groundbreaking project and how it's helping pets.

Download Episode 21: Bullfighting Banned in Spanish Province of Catalonia  05-03-2016 (6.7 MB)

Episode 21: Bullfighting Banned in Spanish Province of Catalonia

  • Tracie and Wayne celebrate this year's ban on bullfighting in Catalonia, a province in northeastern Spain, and highlight the ongoing campaigns to end this blood sport elsewhere.

Download Episode 20: Lions, Tigers, and Bears in Ohio  05-03-2016 (7.19 MB)

Episode 20: Lions, Tigers, and Bears in Ohio

  • Hear the latest on the pressing topic of wild, dangerous animals being kept as pets in Ohio. Dozens of tigers, lions, and other animals were recently killed after being released by a Zanesville man, just the latest example of why stronger laws are needed.

Download Episode 19: Federal Budget Cuts to Help Animals  05-03-2016 (6.91 MB)

Episode 19: Federal Budget Cuts to Help Animals

  • With the federal government focused on reducing huge budget deficits, Wayne and Tracie discuss four ways that Congress can cut hundreds of millions in wasteful spending while helping chimpanzees, wild horses, animals in research, and wildlife.

Download Episode 18: Hawaii Donkeys Airlifted to Safety  05-03-2016 (4.41 MB)

Episode 18: Hawaii Donkeys Airlifted to Safety

  • When can donkeys fly? When The HSUS, veterinarians, and others came together to help free-roaming donkeys in Hawaii, we airlifted more than 100 of them to sanctuary on the mainland. Hear the unusual and uplifting story of these special equines.

Download Episode 17: Supreme Court Hearing Case on Downer Cattle and Pigs  05-03-2016 (7.08 MB)

Episode 17: Supreme Court Hearing Case on Downer Cattle and Pigs

  • Learn about the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case on a California law spurred by HSUS's Hallmark/Westland slaughterhouse investigation, which found horrific abuse of downer cows and led to a massive meat recall because of human health concerns.

Download Episode 16: Ballot Initiatives to Help Animals  05-03-2016 (7.52 MB)

Episode 16: Ballot Initiatives to Help Animals

  • Wayne and Tracie discuss state ballot initiatives that allow voters to decide directly on important issues. The animal protection movement has used initiatives to outlaw cockfighting in Oklahoma, battery cages in California, and more.

Download Episode 15: The Dangers of the Exotic Animal Trade  05-03-2016 (7.03 MB)

Episode 15: The Dangers of the Exotic Animal Trade

  • Boa constrictors, tigers, chimpanzees, lions, and other exotic animals are legal to keep in homes and backyards in much of the United States. Learn why keeping large constrictor snakes and other exotic animals is harmful for the animals and for people.

Download Episode 14: Stopping the Cruelty of Horse Soring  05-03-2016 (6.99 MB)

Episode 14: Stopping the Cruelty of Horse Soring

  • This episode explores the disturbing practice of "horse soring," using painful methods to make show horses have an exaggerated, high-stepping gait. Tracie shares her personal experiences with show horses. *Please note: some descriptions are graphic.*

Download Episode 13: Fur-Free Fashion and O Magazine  05-03-2016 (7.08 MB)

Episode 13: Fur-Free Fashion and O Magazine

  • Tracie and Wayne chat about fur-free fashion and the great news about O, the Oprah Magazine, embracing fur-free alternatives. More people are recognizing that fur is cruel and unnecessary with so many modern alternatives for consumers.

Download Episode 12: Contagion and the Threats of Factory Farming  05-03-2016 (6.85 MB)

Episode 12: Contagion and the Threats of Factory Farming

  • Learn more about how intensive factory farming is not only inhumane for animals, but contributes to contagious diseases that threaten people. Wayne and Tracie discuss the new movie "Contagion" and how our treatment of animals affects human health.

Download Episode 11: Meatless Mondays and Humane Farming  05-03-2016 (6.95 MB)

Episode 11: Meatless Mondays and Humane Farming

  • Did you know that the choices you make when you sit down to eat can make the biggest difference to help animals? Hear how campaigns like Meatless Mondays and cage-free eggs can benefit millions of farm animals.

Download Episode 10: Good News on Botox Animal Testing  05-03-2016 (6.03 MB)

Episode 10: Good News on Botox Animal Testing

  • Wayne describes how the anti-wrinkle treatment Botox has used an infamous animal testing method to make batches of the product. But recently, Botox maker Allergan announced that it has developed a new, alternative test that doesn't use animals.

Download Episode 9: Special Animal Shelter at Louisiana Prison  05-03-2016 (6.09 MB)

Episode 9: Special Animal Shelter at Louisiana Prison

  • Hear the unique story of a new pet shelter inside the Dixon Correctional Institute in Louisiana, which takes in homeless animals and offers them for adoption. This project is helping inmates, pets, and the community.

Download Episode 8: Summer Reading for Animal Lovers  05-03-2016 (6.31 MB)

Episode 8: Summer Reading for Animal Lovers

  • Hear about some of the latest books that celebrate animals, including "The Art of Racing in the Rain," "Alex and Me," Pacelle's book, "The Bond," and a wide variety of fascinating reads.

Download Episode 7: Protecting America's Horses  05-03-2016 (6.48 MB)

Episode 7: Protecting America's Horses

  • Learn more about the issue of horse slaughter, including the closure of U.S. slaughter plants in recent years and the continuing efforts to stop the export of American horses to Canada and Mexico to be killed for human consumption.

Download Episode 6: The Humane Economy  05-03-2016 (7.03 MB)

Episode 6: The Humane Economy

  • Tracie and Wayne talk about the idea of a "humane economy" where businesses reflect humane values--such as whale watching instead of whale hunting, pet stores supporting adoption instead of puppy mills, or ecotourism instead of seal killing.

Download Episode 5: Agreement to Help Egg-Laying Hens  05-03-2016 (6.65 MB)

Episode 5: Agreement to Help Egg-Laying Hens

  • Get the latest on the important agreement between The HSUS and United Egg Producers to phase out barren battery cages, give egg-laying hens more space, and improve labeling to help consumers make informed decisions.

Download Episode 4: The Problems with Pet Store Puppies  05-03-2016 (5.89 MB)

Episode 4: The Problems with Pet Store Puppies

  • Hear more about a rescued puppy mill dog recently adopted by a U.S. Congressman, and why pet adoption is so important. Tracie and Wayne also talk about new federal legislation to crack down on puppy mills.

Download Episode 3: Puppy Mill Update  05-03-2016 (7.09 MB)

Episode 3: Puppy Mill Update

  • Learn more about puppy mills, where breeding dogs typically live in small cages for their whole lives without proper care. These mills sell puppies through pet stores and over the Internet. Tracie and Wayne discuss the campaign to help these dogs.

Download Episode 2: GoDaddy Controversy  05-03-2016 (6.7 MB)

Episode 2: GoDaddy Controversy

  • Wayne and Tracie talk about the intense controversy over GoDaddy.com CEO Bob Parsons' killing of an African elephant in Zimbabwe. Learn more about the issue of wasteful trophy hunting, and how to support companies that are friendly to animals.

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Download Episode 1: A Passion for Animal Protection  05-03-2016 (6.54 MB)

Episode 1: A Passion for Animal Protection

  • In the first episode of Humane Talk, hear Wayne Pacelle and Tracie Hotchner discuss the day-to-day work of animal protection. Wayne shares how he became an animal advocate and what motivates him as president of The Humane Society of the United States.