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

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


Featured episode

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

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.

Recent episodes

“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.

“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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Kathryn, Gen and the Now You Know team.

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