NYK Experts Uncut

Experts Uncut is where NYK drills down into what’s really going on in each of the subjects it covers. By giving the experts time to explain the background, the implications and some of the complexity behind the issues, this podcast gives you an in-depth understanding of each topic.

Why Bats Shouldn’t Get a Bad Rap – Rob Laidlaw

Why Bats Shouldn’t Get a Bad Rap – Rob Laidlaw


Did you know? Bats are mammals and the only mammals that are capable of true flight. They comprise one fifth of all the mammal species in the world, are intelligent, have social lives, and contrary to public perception, are not blind and will not get caught in your hair! Listen as Zoocheck founder and bat enthusiast Rob Laidlaw, clarifies how bats are in fact harmless, beneficial to humans and to the environment.

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Dissection Part 2: Classroom Dissection – Non-Animal Alternatives as Superior Teaching Tools with Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy

Dissection Part 2: Classroom Dissection – Non-Animal Alternatives as Superior Teaching Tools with Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy


In this interview, Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy, co-founder and executive director of BC-based Animals in Science Policy Institute, details all of the phenomenal benefits of switching to non-animal alternatives to classroom dissection. Be prepared to be amazed how easy it is for teachers to switch to these superior models and how they help students to learn more effectively in a cheaper, greener, and safer way.

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“The Ocean Is The Planet” – Capt. Paul Watson

“The Ocean Is The Planet” – Capt. Paul Watson


Award-winning Captain Paul Watson, co-founder of Greenpeace, and founder, president and executive director of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society talks about a wide gamut of marine conservation issues. Everything from the current state of wild whale populations, to Canada’s recent ban of shark fin and cetacean import, as well as the commercial seal hunt and single-use plastics.

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The Massive Industry that is the Exotic Pet Trade – Rob Laidlaw

The Massive Industry that is the Exotic Pet Trade – Rob Laidlaw


In this episode founder and director of Zoocheck, Rob Laidlaw, outlines which animals comprise exotic versus domesticated species. Rob shocks us with the numbers involved in the massive exotic pet trade: globally, if you include fish, this effects hundreds of millions of animals. The consequences of this industry not only to the animals themselves from a welfare point of view, but also to human health and safety, and additionally, to our natural environment is devastating, but Rob guides us through changes we can make in our everyday lives to help the situation.

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How We Unwittingly Let Our Dogs Down – Rob Laidlaw

How We Unwittingly Let Our Dogs Down – Rob Laidlaw


Ever wonder if there are ways you can spruce up your doggie’s life experience? Ever think that that one walk a day may be boring your pooch as much as it feels like a chore to you? In this expert interview, listen as founder and director of Zoocheck, Rob Laidlaw, points out everything from how to improve your best friend’s walk experience, to how to choose the best diet, and whether or not your little buddy would prefer to spend her or his days alone or with a companion. Learn how to make little tweaks to your daily routine that can result in a huge boost to your dog’s existence!

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Yes! Canada has Wild Horses! – Julie Woodyer

Yes! Canada has Wild Horses! – Julie Woodyer


Did you know that Canada has several populations of wild free-roaming horses? Listen as Julie Woodyer, Campaigns Director, Zoocheck, and one of the most competent animal advocates working in Canada today, tells us all about Canada’s wild populations, their history and their cultural significance. Learn in detail about the current plight of Alberta’s wild horses, the ones that most need our protection, and what you can do to help keep them free.

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Cetaceans in Captivity – Dr. Naomi Rose

Cetaceans in Captivity – Dr. Naomi Rose


Dr. Naomi Rose, marine mammal scientist of the Animal Welfare Institute, member of the International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee, outlines the impact of captivity on cetaceans and how conservationists around the world are fighting to find alternatives to traditional zoo practices.

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Elephants Don’t Belong In Captivity – Dr. Winnie Kiiru

Elephants Don’t Belong In Captivity – Dr. Winnie Kiiru


World famous wildlife biologist, elephant expert and international speaker, Dr. Winnie Kiiru describes how viewing elephant behavior in zoos is not an accurate reflection of natural elephant behaviour. Instead of educating kids, it is in fact only a lesson in seeing elephants exhibit aberrant behaviors in unnatural settings.

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What’s Inside Your Winter Coat? – Camille Labchuk

What’s Inside Your Winter Coat? – Camille Labchuk


Camille Labchuk, leading animal rights lawyer, executive director at Animal Justice, talks about the ethics behind the treatment of coyotes and geese used in the making of winter coat products in North America. While this podcast may shock you, it will also provide you with pivotal advice on how to go shopping conscientiously for your coat next winter.

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The unfair persecution of the cormorant – Liz White

The unfair persecution of the cormorant – Liz White


Join Liz White, founder of Animal Alliance of Canada and leader of the Animal Protection Party of Canada, as she dispels the myths and misconceptions about cormorants in the Great Lakes Basin and explains why their presence is ecologically positive and an environmental good news story.

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Where Should We Be Getting Our Pets? – Liz White

Where Should We Be Getting Our Pets? – Liz White


In this practical and informative expert interview, listen as Liz White, founder of the Animal Alliance of Canada and leader of the Animal Protection Party of Canada, gives us insightful and useful information on where we should be acquiring our pets. Learn the reasons why choosing the right place can have a big impact on animal welfare more generally. One example tip: make sure you are allowed to see the place your pet is coming from – this will allow you to ensure it is a reputable facility!

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Dissection Part 1: Classroom Dissection – Impacts and Non-Animal Alternatives with Dr. Lori Marino

Dissection Part 1: Classroom Dissection – Impacts and Non-Animal Alternatives with Dr. Lori Marino


Listen as Dr. Lori Marino, neuroscientist, expert in animal behaviour and intelligence brings to light the ubiquitous practice of science class dissections. In this interview, Dr. Marino underscores not only the efficacy of animal-friendly alternatives to dissection, but also how research has actually found these alternatives to be superior teaching tools.

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Let’s Keep Polar Bears Where They Belong: In the Wild – Rob Laidlaw

Let’s Keep Polar Bears Where They Belong: In the Wild – Rob Laidlaw


In this episode, Rob Laidlaw of Zoocheck highlights how this magnificent species, fascinating to people the world over, is one of the most prized and, therefore, most in demand at zoos around the globe, as they are a star mega-fauna attraction. However, polar bears are in fact one of most ill-suited species to captivity according to scientific research, given their wide-ranging nature and very specific and complex physical and psychological needs. Rob lays out the problems associated with keeping them in captivity and provides us with the tools we need to identify welfare problems when seeing them in zoos.

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Framing in Zoos and Aquaria – Rob Laidlaw

Framing in Zoos and Aquaria – Rob Laidlaw


In this episode, Kathryn speaks with Rob Laidlaw, founder and director of the Canadian animal protection charity Zoocheck. Listen as Rob describes the little known zoo approach of framing, which functions as a type of deception for the visitor, making animals appear like they are in more natural surroundings than they actually are. This practice caters to the human, rather than the animal, and is found frequently at zoos and aquariums around the globe. Learn what we as animal lovers can do to ensure a high standard of animal welfare if we do visit one of these facilities.

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Is Captivity Ethical? – Andrew Fenton and Letitia Meynell

Is Captivity Ethical? – Andrew Fenton and Letitia Meynell


In this episode, Kathryn interviews Dr. Andrew Fenton and Dr. Letitia Meynell, philosophy professors at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia with specialties in bioethics, epistemology and animal ethics. Listen in as they remind us that even the top zoo industry leaders and personnel understand the importance of starting from the premise that captivity is inherently wrong. Taking care of captive animals then becomes a challenge of how can we best do this and meet each individual beings’ needs most effectively. Listen as these thoughtful and knowledgeable experts remind us that animals are not ‘things’ and should not be considered property under the law, as is sadly the reality in many countries around the globe.

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Animal Welfare in Canada – a System We Need to Fix! – Rob Laidlaw

Animal Welfare in Canada – a System We Need to Fix! – Rob Laidlaw


In this podcast, listen as founder and director of Zoocheck, Rob Laidlaw, takes us through the complexities that are the patchwork of laws and regulations that comprise Canada’s insufficient and quite frankly, broken animal welfare protection system. This episode will have you charged to get involved and help strengthen Canada’s legislation so that all animals are protected, even those currently exempted due to practices such as factory farming and testing.

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