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“What is Wrong with Using Animals in the Classroom?” with Kathryn Sussman and Rob Laidlaw

“What is Wrong with Using Animals in the Classroom?” with Kathryn Sussman and Rob Laidlaw


This month on NYK Politics, Kathryn Sussman and Zoocheck founder Rob Laidlaw discuss the politics behind the multiple uses of animals in the academic curriculum. Dissection is still going strong among classroom activities despite decades of parents and kids opposing it and various studies proving its ineffectiveness in teaching; but also live animals are kept as classroom pets and school outings to nearby animal facilities and local zoos remain a favourite.

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“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.

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“The aftermath of Bill S-203 : Free Whales vs. Captive Elephants” with Kathryn Sussman and Rob Laidlaw

“The aftermath of Bill S-203 : Free Whales vs. Captive Elephants” with Kathryn Sussman and Rob Laidlaw


Listen as Kathryn Sussman and Zoocheck founder Rob Laidlaw outline mainstream hot topics regarding large mammal welfare in captivity. Starting with the low-down on Canada’s recent adoption of Bill S-203 banning whale and dolphin captivity and what it really means for cetaceans, Kathryn and Rob then touch on the well-being of other wide-ranging animal species, getting into the specifics for elephants, and whether their needs can be properly met in zoos, especially in Canada.

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“All Things Whale” with Kathryn Sussman and Rob Laidlaw

“All Things Whale” with Kathryn Sussman and Rob Laidlaw


Listen as Kathryn Sussman and Rob Laidlaw, Zoocheck founder and animal protection activist, outline mainstream hot topics regarding whales and dolphins – everything from the current status of the now infamous Bill S-203 – Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, to the Vancouver Aquarium lawsuit against the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Park Board, and the adorable therapy whale Semion who showed up in Norwegian waters only to be deemed a Russian spy!

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