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.

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“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.

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


Geneviève Douyon

Geneviève Douyon


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Kathryn, Gen and the Now You Know team.

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