Saturday, Oct. 3, the 276th day of 2015.
There are 89 days left in the year.Crew:
Jon Patch - Host
Dr. Jarrod - Vet/Co Host
Amanda Page - Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Ben - Network Producer
Special Guest:  
Author Carl Safina will join Jon and Talkin' Pets Saturday 10/3/15 at 5 PM EST to discuss and give away his book, BEYOND WORDS, What Animals Think and Feel

Jerry Grymek the Doggie Concierge at Hotel Penn will check in with Talkin' Pets at 630 PM EST to discuss next years show for Westminster

BEYOND WORDS What Animals Think and Feel  
 By Carl Safina    
Advance Praise for Beyond Words  
“Captivating…A profound, scientifically based appeal for recognition of the kinship of all living things.”—Kirkus Reviews, *STARRED REVIEW*  
“In this mind-bending book, Safina takes the reader along with him on his adventures, enlightening and educating at each of his stops.”—Publishers Weekly  
“Well-researched…fascinating and thought-provoking.”—Library Journal  
“A beautifully written, provocative case for seeing animals through their eyes.” —Discover Magazine  
“Carl Safina shows there is indeed intelligent life in the universe, and it's all around us. At once moving and surprising, Beyond Words asks us to reexamine our relationship to other species—and to ourselves.”—Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Sixth Extinction  
“This book breathes love of and respect for animals and is rich with observations and extraordinary travel experiences. It is a delightful and enlightening account of both how we relate to them and how they relate to each other.”—Frans de Waal, author of The Bonobo and the Atheist  
Prize-winning author and MacArthur Fellow Carl Safina weaves decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries in brain science that delivers enlightening insight into animal cognition in his landmark new book BEYOND WORDS: What Animals Think and Feel (Henry Holt/A John Macrae Book; on sale: July 14, 2015).  
In BEYOND WORDS, readers witness elephant families navigate the pervasive drought and incidents of poaching in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, see a free-living wolf pack sort out the aftermath of tragedy in Yellowstone National Park and finally plunge into an astonishingly peaceful society of killer whales living in the waters of the Pacific Northwest. These animals are treated as the individual characters they are, with distinct personalities and unique roles within social structures not unlike our own. Taking us into the animals’ lives and minds, Safina reports on the surprising similarities between our minds and theirs while thoughtfully tackling issues that affect us all, including habitat conservation and extinction.   
BEYOND WORDS offers powerful and illuminating insight into the unique personalities of animals through extraordinary stories of animal joy, grief, jealousy, anger and love. Ultimately a graceful examination of humanity’s place in the world, Safina calls on us to re-evaluate our relationship to the other species around us.
Carl Safina is author of seven books, including Song for the Blue Ocean, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Eye of the Albatross, Voyage of the Turtle, and The View From Lazy Point. Safina is founding president of The Safina Center at Stony Brook University, where he also co-chairs the University's Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. A winner of the 2012 Orion Award and a MacArthur Prize, among others, his work has been featured in outlets such as The New York Times, National Geographic, and The Huffington Post, and he hosts “Saving the Ocean” on PBS.   
BEYOND WORDS: What Animals Think and Feel By Carl Safina  On sale: July 14, 2015  Henry Holt and Company · 480 pages · ISBN: 978-0-8050-9888-4 · $32.00 Available as an e-Book · ISBN: 978-0-8050-9889-1 · $16.99 

Saturday, Sept. 26, the 269th day of 2015.
There are 96 days left in the year.Host – Jon Patch
Co-Host – Dr. Anne Lampru
Executive Producer – Bob Page
Network Producer – Sonar Greene
Studio Producer – Lexi Lapp
Special Guests – Hour 1 - Author Laura T. Coffey will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 9/26/2015 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away her book MY OLD DOG
Hour 2 - Chris Ruben of Eurocan Pet Products will join Jon and Talkin' Pets Saturday 9/26/15 at 630pm EST to discuss and give away Bullwrinkles - The ultimate treats for dogs

China announces domestic ivory trade ban

(Sept. 25, 2015 – Yarmouth Port, MA) The President of China, Mr. Xi Jinping, and the President of the United States, Mr. Barack Obama, made history today by announcing that the two countries would take swift action to protect elephants from the ongoing poaching crisis.

In a joint statement, the Presidents committed to enacting “nearly complete bans on ivory imports and exports, including significant and timely restrictions on the import of ivory as hunting trophies,” and promised to “take significant and timely steps to halt the domestic commercial trade of ivory.”  In addition, the two leaders pledged further cooperation to halt the surge of wildlife trafficking that imperils countless species around the world. The United States government had already committed to a “near total ban” on ivory trade, and this represents a major step forward by their Chinese counterparts.

“Mr Xi has today delivered a tremendous victory in the battle to save elephants,” said Azzedine Downes, CEO of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

It is estimated that 35,000 elephants are killed every year—or one every 15 minutes—for the ivory trade.

“Today China has slammed the door in the face of all those who are profiting from the slaughter of elephants,” said Mr. Downes. “As the world’s largest market for legal and illegal ivory, this ban will save the lives of tens of thousands of elephants.”

China’s ivory trade ban follows the announcement by President Obama of strict new ivory regulations which will lead to a massive reduction in ivory sales in the United States—one of the world’s top markets for ivory.

These regulations are not yet finalized and are still open for public comment through September 28. The regulations would prohibit the sale of most ivory items across state lines, and would further restrict imports and exports, with some limited exceptions.

The new US regulations are a good step toward closing longstanding loopholes that have allowed the illicit trafficking of elephant parts to thrive. If the Chinese government takes similar steps, and the US and China commit to strong enforcement of these measures, it would represent a major breakthrough in stopping this illegal trade which is killing tens of thousands of elephants every year. “IFAW’s behavior change campaign has reduced the demand for ivory in China through improving consumers’ knowledge that elephants are killed for their ivory, thereby changing consumer attitudes and altering buying practice, leading to a significant reduction in the desire to buy ivory,” said Grace Ge Gabriel, Asia Regional Director of IFAW.

“Banning ivory trade in China combined with vigorous enforcement and meaningful penalties for violators will stigmatize ivory consumption, supporting demand reduction efforts.

As a Chinese-American, I am so proud to see China and America, the two global powers taking the leadership role in the fight to save elephants.”

About IFAW

Founded in 1969, IFAW rescues and protects animals around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Photos are available at

HSI rescues 103 dogs & puppies 

Images and video available here

SEOUL (17 Sept. 2015)―A rescue mission to save 103 dogs and puppies from a South Korean dog meat farm has been successfully undertaken by Humane Society International. The rescue is part of HSI’s campaign to end South Korea’s dog meat trade and raise awareness among Koreans about the plight of “meat dogs.” In the third dog farm closure by HSI this year, all 103 dogs are being flown to the United States where they will be adopted.

HSI came to an agreement with the farmer, Mr. Kim, to permanently end raising dogs at his farm for meat in Chungcheongnamdo and switch to growing rice instead. In Korea, an increasing portion of the population finds the dog meat trade to be shameful. Many farmers are facing pressure from their loved ones and local communities to close their farms and transition to new lines of work.

HSI’s director of companion animals and engagement, Kelly O’meara, said: “The first time we saw the dogs, it was really shocking. They were clearly terrified but once they realized we weren’t there to hurt them, their tails started wagging, eager for the slightest show of affection. They have so much love to give, it’s appalling to think they were destined to be butchered for their meat. These dogs are going to make wonderful canine companions. Rescuing them and getting to know their personalities makes us even more determined to end the cruel dog meat trade.”

More than 2 million dogs are bred and butchered each year for their meat in South Korea, part of Asia’s cruel dog meat trade. In China and elsewhere most dogs are stolen from the streets, but in South Korea they are exclusively bred on small scale factory farms. HSI is working with farmers, like Kim, to close their dog farms and switch to humane livelihoods instead.

Kim, who had bred dogs for meat for about a year, said: “As a dog lover, I hope to see more dogs getting adopted to families. In the future, I hope other farmers will be given this opportunity where they can change to different businesses.”

The rescuers discovered a mixture of breeds on the farm, ranging from large mastiffs most often considered as “meat dogs” in South Korea, to Jindo mixes, Spaniel mixes and Chihuahuas. All have been saved from a miserable life in small filthy cages, and brutal death, most commonly by electrocution, to become a cherished companion in America.

HSI will be launching public awareness campaigns to encourage South Koreans to think differently about “meat dogs”, who are no different to the pet dogs that a growing number of Koreans are welcoming into their homes as companions. While dog adoption is not yet widely established in South Korea, HSI hopes to see that change in the future by building a community of citizens who adopt former farm dogs into their homes and help fellow South Koreans take them into their hearts.

Kitty Block, HSI’s vice president, said from Seoul: “Humane Society International has now rescued and rehomed 186 dogs from South Korea’s brutal dog meat trade, and every time we see these lucky guys happy in their new families, it’s a painful reminder of those still suffering on these farms.  These dogs will be amazing ambassadors for our efforts to end the cruelty of the dog meat trade, and we hope to open a dialogue with the South Korean government about doing just that. When the Winter Olympics comes to Seoul in 2018, the world will want to know that South Korea no longer tolerates dog meat cruelty.”   

ASPCA Assists Lake County Animal Care & Control in Rescuing 
Displaced Animals from Devastating Wildfire in California

Professional responders conduct field rescues to save pets and livestock left behind,
assist local agency with sheltering effort

Lakeport, Calif.—Following a devastating wildfire in Lake County, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), at the request of the Lake County Animal Care & Control and its animal disaster response team Lake Evacuation & Animal Protection (LEAP), deployed professional responders to conduct field rescues to save badly burned animals, as well as check individual residences for pets and livestock left behind. The ASPCA will also be assisting the local agency shelter displaced animals in its 30-foot disaster response trailer customized to house animals in an event of an emergency.

The unforgiving Valley fire swept through and burned 67,000 acres, destroying nearly 600 homes and leaving approximately 13,000 people displaced in the community. Pet owners were ordered to evacuate immediately by local officials as the fire spread quickly throughout the area, which resulted in many pets and livestock being left behind. Reports indicate that local authorities are now escorting residents to their homes in certain areas, allowing them to retrieve or feed the animals.
“The Lake Evacuation & Animal Protection team has been receiving numerous requests from concerned pet owners who asked us to check on their pets and make sure they have enough food and water,” said Bill Davidson, director of Lake County Animal Care & Control. “It’s hard to say how many pets are affected at this point, but we will continue to go out into the field to search for lost or injured pets and hopefully reunite them with their families.”

“We’re pleased to be working alongside the Lake Evacuation & Animal Protection team to help pet owners and displaced animals in the community, as well as support local agencies identify resource needs,” added Dick Green, senior director of Disaster Response for the ASPCA, who has been on the ground since Sunday. “The destruction caused by the fire is indescribable, and our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by this disaster--people and pets alike.”
Animals rescued by the LEAP and the ASPCA are being examined and treated by veterinarians at the Lake County Animal Care & Control at 4949 Helbush Drive in Lakeport. Pet owners looking to report lost pets or rescue needs should contact the Lake County Animal Care & Control at (707) 263-0278.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Lake Evacuation & Animal Protection
LEAP is Lake County Animal Care & Control’s animal disaster response group. It is made up of the Animal Care & Control staff, as well as a group of highly trained volunteers.  All volunteers have completed the necessary applications, submitted copies of their driving records, completed the ICS training series 100, 200, and 700, as well as attend our annual training.  Most have even been through a two or three day animal disaster preparedness course offered by NVADG or a similar humane organization.


TPR News
Saturday, Sept. 12, the 255th day of 2015.
There are 110 days left in the year.Crew:
Jon Patch - Host
Vince and Lisa Centonze - Co Host
Lexi Lapp - Producer
Sonar Greene - Network Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special Guests - Sam Dicker from Nat Geo Wild's new series Vet School will join Jon and Talkin' Pets Saturday 9/12/15 at 530 PM EST to discuss the new television series.
Carly Martinetti, Chief Feline Officer of Pretty Litter will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 9/12/15 at 630 PM EST to discuss their new Pretty Litter and give away Pretty Litter branded litter boxes

More than 100 fur coats and hats previously collected went to comfort injured young wildlife around the country  

Washington, D.C.  September 8, 2015, – Today, Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, announced the return of its successful 2014 “Fur for the Animals” campaign, a donation drive to collect hats, coats, and other items made from animal fur. Donations will once again be sent to wildlife rehabilitation centers around the country and used to comfort orphaned and injured wildlife. This year’s drive will run September 8 to December 31.

According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, “Animal trapping and fur farming are not only barbaric to animals, but also serious public safety and environmental issues. One of our goals is to reduce the supply, demand, and social acceptance of fur and end the cruelest forms of trapping in America.  With this campaign, people are actually able to repurpose and recycle old furs and give them back to the animals – we can’t undo the damage done to the many animals who suffered for those garments, but at least we can achieve some good in the end.”

The donated fur not only provides comfort and warmth to orphaned and injured wildlife, but also serves as a symbol to show that fur belongs to the animals, not to fashion.  Born Free USA collected over 100 furs since the first campaign in 2014.

To donate, fur can be dropped off or shipped to Born Free USA, 2300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Suite 100B, Washington, DC 20007; or Born Free USA, 1220 H Street, Suite 103, Sacramento, CA 95814 before December 31, 2015.

Once collected, Born Free USA will send the fur to wildlife rehabilitation centers across the country, including the following campaign partners:

1. Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, Kendalia, Texas

2. The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center, Ramona, California

3. The Fund for Animals Cape Wildlife Center, Barnstable, Massachusetts

4. Gila Wildlife Rescue, Silver City, New Mexico

5. Urban Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitation, New York, New York

6. Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary, McCall, Idaho

Born Free USA welcomes new wildlife rehabilitation partners, who can contact the organization at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for more information. 

Born Free USA commends the growing number of fashion retailers vowing to go fur-free.  In July 2015 the luxury brand Hugo Boss announced it will be completely removing real animal fur from its collections beginning with their Fall/Winter 2016 line.  Hugo Boss is joining such brands as American Apparel, Esprit, H&M, Steve Madden, Marks & Spencer and Topshop. For a full list of fur-free fashion retailers click here.     

Born Free USA is a member of The Fur Free Alliance, an international coalition of animal protection organizations working to bring an end to the exploitation and killing of animals for their fur. The Fur Free Alliance represents more than 40 animal protection organizations in 28 countries and millions of supporters worldwide. 

Born Free USA is a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to North America the message of “compassionate conservation” — the vision of the United Kingdom-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free, along with their son, Will Travers. Born Free USA’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at, and


Earlier today, the New York State Court of Appeals returned from its summer vacation and denied the requests of hundreds of litigants for leave to appeal. Among them were both Tommy's and Kiko's cases.

First, we are not discouraged in the least!

The refusals to allow further review were disappointing. But we are in the very early stages of our long-term multi-state strategic litigation campaign to change the legal status of nonhuman animals like Tommy and Kiko from mere “things" to legal “persons" who possess such fundamental rights as bodily liberty and bodily integrity. As Justice Jaffe noted in our Hercules and Leo decision, the courts move slowly, but the day is drawing near when the courts will recognize their rights. Our legal team has already been discussing where and how to re-file Tommy's and Kiko's cases in the appropriate courts. It has begun reworking the pleadings and memoranda to try once again to win their freedom.

Second, Tommy's case was the first time any appellate court had ever been confronted with our arguments.

The Court ruled against us because it claimed—without any evidence—that chimpanzees could not shoulder duties and responsibilities, despite the fact that a vast number of humans cannot shoulder duties and responsibilities, either. The next time we encounter that argument we will be more than ready to show how legally wrong it is.

In Kiko's case, the appellate court twice assumed, without deciding, that Kiko could be a legal person, then decided the case on the ground that our use of habeas corpus was improper because we were not demanding absolute release of Kiko, but his transfer to a sanctuary.

No court in New York had ever said this before. Not in more than 200 years. Indeed, in Justice Jaffe's comprehensive 33-page opinion in Hercules and Leo's case, she expressly refused to follow the Kiko decision on the ground that the appellate court with jurisdiction over her court had ruled the other way.

Third, we are not alone in our view that our arguments have merit.

During Hercules and Leo's hearing, Justice Jaffe asked: "Isn't it incumbent upon the judiciary to at least consider whether a class of beings may be granted a right or something short of a right, under the habeas statute?" In addition, "letter briefs" filed by Harvard Law's Laurence H. Tribe (the preeminent constitutional law professor in the U.S.); The Center for Constitutional Rights (which has more experience litigating habeas corpus cases than any other organization in the world); and University of Denver law professor Justin Marceau (on behalf of a number of habeas corpus legal scholars) all supported the NhRP in our efforts to bring before the courts our arguments on behalf of unlawfully imprisoned chimpanzees.

Thanks in no small part to our amazing supporters as well, public support for the NhRP continues to swell.

Please keep sharing our unique, focused mission with your friends and colleagues (and encourage them to sign up for this newsletter!). Every week we hear from people from all over the world who feel thrilled and moved to have discovered our campaign. We understand how you feel, and we feel honored to have taken on what will be an ongoing fight—not only on behalf of the many humans who know it's time to punch a hole through the legal wall that separates all humans from all nonhuman animals, but above all, our nonhuman animal plaintiffs, who continue to suffer in captivity the way any self-aware, autonomous being would.

This fight is for them.

Thank you as always from the entire NhRP team! We are already on the move.

Steven M. Wise
The Nonhuman Rights Project

About the Nonhuman Rights Project

The Nonhuman Rights Project is the only civil rights organization in the United States working to achieve actual LEGAL rights for members of species other than our own. Our mission is to change the legal status of appropriate nonhuman animals from mere "things," which lack the capacity to possess any legal right, to "persons," who possess such fundamental rights as bodily integrity and bodily liberty. Our first cases were filed in 2013 on behalf of captive chimpanzees; we plan to continue to file as many lawsuits as we have funds available. Your support of this work is deeply appreciated!

Paid for by the Nonhuman Rights Project


Dream ending for circus lions rescued in South America:  
Huge airlift to take 33 lions home to Africa

September 1, 2015 - Thirty-three lions rescued by Animal Defenders International (ADI) from ten circuses in Peru and Colombia are going home to their native Africa in the biggest ever airlift of its kind.  
The lions, who endured years of confinement in cages on the backs of trucks and a brutal life being forced to perform in circuses, are heading to huge natural enclosures at Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa.
The airlift in October will be the culmination of ADI’s work with the Governments of Peru and Colombia to eliminate the use of wild animals in circuses. ADI evidence of the abuse of circus animals in Latin America led to legislation banning animal acts and then ADI stepped in to help enforce the laws.
Almost all of the rescued lions have been mutilated to remove their claws, one has lost an eye, another is almost blind, and many have smashed and broken teeth because of their circus life, but they will retire in the African sunshine.
Jan Creamer, ADI President, who is leading the rescue mission in Peru, said:  “We are delighted that these lions who have suffered so much will be going home to Africa where they belong.  The climate and environment are perfect for them. When we visited Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary we knew this is a dream come true for ADI and, more importantly, the lions.”
ADI’s year-long Operation Spirit of Freedom, working with the Peru Government SERFOR and ATFFS wildlife departments, as well as police, has seen ADI raid circuses all over the country, facing violent confrontations, rescuing over 90 animals, travelling thousands of miles, and traversing the Andes with lions.  
Nine ex-circus lions from Colombia will join 24 lions from Peru on the flight to South Africa. They are the first animals to be handed over following Colombia’s ban on wild animal circuses and taken into care by the CDMB regional wildlife authority in Bucaramanga. ADI assumed the lions’ care until the flight was finalized. 
Home for the lions will be Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary set in 5,000 hectares on a private estate in Limpopo Province, South Africa. The sanctuary is already home to eight rescued lions and tigers in large acreage habitats of pristine African bush, has a no breeding policy and is not open to the public.  
Savannah Heuser, founder of Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary says: “Mahatma Gandhi once said; 'Be the change that you wish to see in the world.'  The change that is being offered to these 33 lions will change their entire world. 
Their lives were forcibly wasted away in horrific tiny cages, the doing of mindless circus acts, I cannot start to comprehend the endless days suffering that these animals had to endure. They have a lot of lost time to make up for. They will live out the rest of their lives in a natural habitat, the closest they can ever come to freedom.”
ADI is chartering a Boeing 747 to transport all 33 lions with an ADI veterinary team, direct from Lima to Johannesburg and is funding the construction of habitats for the lions at Emoya, ready for the arrival of the lions in late October.
Over ninety animals have been rescued during the ADI operation, which also provided assistance to the Peruvian authorities on the issue of wildlife crime.  ADI is concluding a huge construction program for over 50 native wild animals rescued during the operation in two parts of the Amazon, including bears, six species of monkeys, coati mundis, kinkajous, and a puma.
Jan Creamer paid tribute to governments, wildlife officials and the public in Peru and Colombia:  “Seeing these lions go home to where they truly belong will be a testament to the commitment of wildlife officials and the governments in Peru and Colombia to change the treatment of animals.”
Peru’s wild animal circus ban was passed in 2011, and between August 2014 and July 2015, the ADI team identified and raided every circus with wild animals.  Some circuses went underground as the raids commenced, but were eventually caught.  Only one circus reported to have a lioness is still to be found, which was pursued into Ecuador by the ADI team in July this year. Wildlife officials and the local ADI team are on alert should the circus reappear.
ADI previously enforced Bolivia’s animal circus ban, relocating many animals within the country and taking 29 lions to two sanctuaries in the US, and a baboon to the UK. ADI’s Operation Spirit of Freedom in Peru and Colombia has been an even larger undertaking.
Savannah Heuser:  “We at Emoya are deeply honored and privileged to be part of such a massive operation. We salute ADI for saving animals and ending suffering. Let's bring these 33 to Africa. Let's bring them home.”
Moving the lions to Africa increases the flight costs, but it is the ideal home for the animals and ADI believes, the right thing to do. An appeal has been launched to meet the increased flight costs as well as the enclosures for the lions.
Jan Creamer:  “We really need financial support for this move.  It is more expensive to relocate these animals to Africa, but who can put a price on taking them home to where they belong?   It also sends such a clear and important message about protecting wildlife in their natural habitats and ranges.”
Until their flight, planned for end October, the lions will remain at the ADI Spirit of Freedom Rescue Center near Lima, Peru, where they will continue their rehabilitation under ADI veterinary supervision and enjoying their with grassy play pens, but the best is yet to come!
Please donate now to help get the lions home

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