Now You Know Podcast

Did you know that schools are bringing on hi-tech animal-friendly alternatives to science class dissections? Are you aware of the impact of captivity on whale & dolphin social networks and behavior? What is “framing” and what’s new at zoos that could change practices worldwide?

These are all topics that you might have heard of in the past. Yet today, we provide you with unprecedented knowledge in a new series of interviews with top experts from the animal science & conservation fields.

Listen to each episode as our guests reveal little known facts regarding animal welfare and they underscore its inextricable link with environmental responsibility and social change. Learn what you can do to help in your community. Lend us a hand to reach public figures and ask them to step forward bearing our message of change.

About Now You Know

Featured episode

“How to Tell a ‘Good’ Zoo from a ‘Bad’ One” with Kathryn Sussman and Rob Laidlaw

“How to Tell a ‘Good’ Zoo from a ‘Bad’ One” with Kathryn Sussman and Rob Laidlaw


Listen as insider advocates Kathryn Sussman and Rob Laidlaw summarize the differences between sanctuaries, large commercially run zoos, and privately owned, small facilities often referred to as roadside zoos and their sometimes dubious links to the film industry. Kathryn and Rob discuss the hard-to-regulate status of various types of animal institutions with a number of current issues in the news, and they list ways that visitors can identify and avoid facilities that are not ethically sound.

Recent episodes

The Little-Known Zoo Technique that is Framing with animal advocate Rob Laidlaw


Have you ever heard of framing? Have you ever visited a zoo that gives the impression that animals are housed in lush natural environments? Learn what we as animal lovers can do to ensure a high standard of animal welfare in these facilities with Rob Laidlaw, founder and director of the Canadian animal protection charity Zoocheck.

Kathryn and Gen are two Canadian women who have joined forces from opposite ends of the animal care world.

Based in Toronto, Kathryn is an experienced advocate for animal welfare, a PhD and a private consultant helping NGOs in their efforts to bring about legislative and regulatory change for animals around the globe.

Working in Montreal, Gen is a practicing veterinary technician pursuing studies in marine biology and bioacoustics research. She has worked with a variety of animal species in clinical, zoological and rehabilitation environments trying to bring change to captivity standards.

Together they created the Now You Know podcast to shed light on unfamiliar, puzzling, and sometimes shocking issues regarding our impact on animals and their well-being in the 21st century. Their goal: empower each individual to take action for change!

 

Kathryn Sussman

Kathryn Sussman

Co-Host

Geneviève Douyon

Geneviève Douyon

Co-Host

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