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.
About Now You Know
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!
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.
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.
Learn about the ethics of animal captivity in zoos and the differences between zoos and sanctuaries from Dr. Andrew Fenton and Dr. Letitia Meynell, associate professors of Philosophy at Dalhousie University.