Episode 58: Kindness Is Being a Kid Conservationist

Twelve-year old Jack Dalton joins Anitha to talk about the many ways he helps animals, including his favourite animal, the Orangutan.

Through his YouTube Videos, public speaking engagements, fundraising efforts and writing a picture book, Jack has raised funds and awareness for critically endangered orangutans. In fact, as of March 2023, Jack has helped plant over 13,000 trees to reforest habitat for Orangutans and other animals, raised over $13,500 for education and orangutan rehabilitation, presented to over 5000 people worldwide and has had over 217,000 views of his fun and educational YouTube videos.

Jack talks about why palm oil trees are the main reason Orangutans are critically endangered. He shares incredible information about C16 Biosciences, a company that has created a synthetic palm oil from yeast!

Jack also shares his recent experience travelling to Sumatra and Borneo and what it was like to see Orangutans in the wild.

As a thank you to Jack for sharing his story, Anitha donated to the Orang Utan Republik Foundation. This organization is dedicated to saving Orangutans of Indonesia through educating local people about the plight of Orangutans and how working together to find sustainable ways of utilizing the forests will benefit both people and animals.

To learn more about all the amazing initiatives Jack is involved in and buy his book, check out his website: https://www.kidconservationist.com/

To watch some of his fun and educational videos, check out his YouTube videos here: https://www.youtube.com/@kidconservationist

You can follow Jack on his social media accounts: https://www.instagram.com/kidconservationist/

https://www.facebook.com/kidconservationist

To learn about the innovative products available from C16 Biosciences, click here: https://www.c16bio.com/

If you’d like to learn about and support Orang Utan Republik Foundation, please check out their website: https://www.orangutanrepublik.org/

Episode 57: Kindness Is My Beautiful Hair

Ten-year old, Normani Hamilton joins Anitha to talk about all the things she is doing to empower other black children.

From writing and publishing her first book to entering pageants, Normani hopes to inspire other children to love themselves just the way they are.

To learn more about Normani’s efforts to help critically ill children, click here:  https://give.gktw.org/fundraiser/4520867

To follow Normani on Instagram and order her book, click here: https://www.instagram.com/princess_normi/

As a thank you to Normani for sharing her story, Anitha donated to Give Kids The World Village. This non-profit resort located in Florida, provides cost-free getaways to critically ill children and their families. To learn more about this organization, please check out their website: https://www.gktw.org/

Episode 56: Kindness Is No More Dolphinariums

This episode is full of hope and shows that dedication and persistence can make a positive impact.

Kamilya Tulebaeva from Kazakhstan shares her inspiring story of how she moved a country to ban dolphinariums.

It’s an incredible achievement and one you will definitely want to hear about.

If you’d like to learn more about Kamilya and her efforts to keep dolphins out of captivity, click here: https://www.instagram.com/kamilyatulebaeva/

Here are the links to the movies/documentaries Kamilya mentioned.

Intraterrestrial. A Fleeting Contact

English version: https://youtu.be/7f0-UKxWJxs 

Version Française : https://youtu.be/0igkMcyXXF4

The Cove https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozLZkXcrFrk

As a thank you to Kamilya for sharing her story, Anitha donated to New Chance Animal Shelter in Kazakhstan.

https://newchance.kz/index.html

Episode 55: Kindness Is Dr. Izzy Goes Wild

Izzy Hirji wears many hats—wildlife vet, world traveller, photographer, conservationist, vegan, and television celebrity! He joins Anitha to share his incredible adventures as he follows his hero, Dr. Jane Goodall, in making the world a better place for all beings.

Izzy begins the episode by talking about his childhood fear of dogs and how he not only overcame that fear, but now travels the world, treating all kinds of wild animals.

A fabulous episode for kids and adults, alike—packed full of beautiful, touching and often funny stories about the life of a wildlife vet.

To learn more about Izzy, you can follow him on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/dr.izzygoeswild/

To check out the TV series—Jungle Animal Rescue, that Dr. Izzy mentioned, here’s the link. https://www.disneyplus.com/series/jungle-animal-rescue/62AjlzYo2ddR

Here are some links for the book by Dr. Jane Goodall that changed Izzy’s life:

https://shop.janegoodall.org/product/Harvest-For-Hope/JGI104

https://www.audible.ca/pd/Harvest-for-Hope-Audiobook/B071468C5X

As a thank you to Izzy for sharing his story, Anitha donated to Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary. This sanctuary provides healing and recovery for primates who have been rescued from laboratories, roadside zoos and other terrible circumstances. In addition to all the amazing and kind things Dr. Izzy is involved with, he also makes time to donate his veterinary skills to treat and care for these residents.

To learn more about Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary, please check out: https://www.storybookmonkeys.org/

Episode 54: Kindness Is Always Fair

Sabrina and her fur babies

Sabrina Fair Andronica joins Anitha to talk about being a children’s author and an animal lover, and how she combines these two parts of her life.

In her books, Sabrina gently tackles subjects such as dealing with grief over the loss of a pet, animal testing, and misconceptions people have about certain breeds of dogs; in particular Pitbulls.

She visits schools in hopes of inspiring children to be kind to all kinds.

During the podcast, Sabrina mentioned an app people of all ages can use when they are shopping. It’s called Cruelty Cutter and makes cruelty-free shopping simple. The app scans items and provides an instant response about the product’s animal-testing status.

As a thank you to Sabrina for sharing her story, Anitha donated to Moe Dogge Shelter. This shelter, located in Beruit, Lebanon, is dedicated to protecting and caring for street dogs and cats. To learn more about Moe and his passion to help animals, click on this link: https://moeshelter.godaddysites.com/

To learn more about Sabrina and her books, you can follow her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alwaysfairbooks/

Episode 53: Kindness Is Legal Rights For All

Jake and two colleagues at the PAWS Conference

An exciting start to 2023, Anitha talks to Jake Davis, a lawyer working to seek legal protection for non-human animals.

Anitha met Jake at a conference about the plight of animals in captivity. The conference was hosted by Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS Elephant Sanctuary) and Jake was one of the speakers.

Jake chats with Anitha about his journey from a child who loved animals, to now, using his legal expertise to help change the status of animals from mere ‘things’ (who don’t have any legal rights) to ‘legal persons’ who have the fundamental right to such things as freedom from captivity.

Jake is a staff attorney with the Non-Human Rights Project and his clients include elephants, great apes, dolphins and whales.

Anitha loved hearing Jake optimistically talk about the progress the Non-Human Rights Project is gaining as they seek to free their clients from captivity.

A great episode for anyone looking to start the year with hope.

To read the article Jake mentioned about why zoos are bad for animals, click on this link:

 Opinion – Zoos Are Bad for Animals – The New Yo…

As a thank you for sharing his story, Anitha donated to the Non-Human Rights Project. To learn more about what they are doing to help animals, check out their website: https://www.nonhumanrights.org/

To learn more about PAWS Elephant Sanctuary and the work they are doing, click here: https://www.pawsweb.org/

Episode 52: Kindness Is Happy Holidays

To celebrate the last episode of 2022, Anitha invited two special young guests to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year.

Thanks to everyone who shared their story of kindness this year. Without you, the podcast wouldn’t exist.

Episode 51: Kindness Is Karen’s Kind

Like many people, the pandemic inspired Monique Monelle and her husband to take up a new hobby during lockdown. But their new ‘hobby’ was wonderfully unusual. They were inspired to rescue ex-battery hens.

Monique talks about what it was like when the hens first arrived, how she and her husband take care of them when they’re not feeling well, and how she fell in love with their unique personalities.

Animal lovers and anyone interested in starting their own rescue will love this heartwarming episode. 

To follow Monique and her growing number of rescue animals, check out their website and Instagram account:

https://www.karenskind.org/

www.instagram.com/karens_kind/

As a thank you to Monique for sharing her story, Anitha donated to Fresh Start For Hens. This organization is run completely by volunteers who rehome ex-commercial hens into pet homes, like Monique’s, throughout England and Wales.

To learn more about this non-profit, check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/freshstartforhens

Episode 50: Kindness Is Growing Roots & Shoots

Photo credit: Jane Goodall Institute Canada

Anitha is thrilled to celebrate the 50th episode of the podcast with Lauren Saville, the manager for the Roots & Shoots program at the Jane Goodall Institute Canada.

The goals of the Roots and Shoots program and this podcast are very similar—empowering and supporting youth who are making a positive difference for animals, people and the environment.

Lauren talks about how this program has grown since it was started by Dr. Goodall back in 1991 in Tanzania.

Lauren also shares how schools, communities and individual students can apply to be a part of the Roots and Shoots program and qualify for a grant.

As a thank you to Lauren for coming on the podcast, Anitha donated to the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada.

To learn more about JGI Canada, please check out their website: https://janegoodall.ca/

Episode 48: Kindness Is Saving Shankar

Seventeen-year-old, Nikita Dhawan is on a mission to free Shankar, a lone African Elephant, from the Delhi Zoo.

Shankar was only two years old when he was taken from his family and deposited into the Delhi Zoo. Now, 26 years old, Shankar has endured endless years of isolation and being chained for 17 hours a day.

Nikita is determined to end Shankar’s suffering by having him live at a sanctuary in South Africa. Though she has obtained funding from The Aspinall Foundation to finance this trip from New Delhi to South Africa, other hurdles are still in the way. Nikita talks about next steps to attain her goal to help Shankar.

A story of perseverance and dedication to helping animals.

If you’d like to support Nikita’s goal to free Shankar from the Delhi Zoo, please sign this petition. https://chng.it/4wfxGb2vBW

To learn more about Nikita and Youth For Animals, check out their website: https://youthforanimals.org/

Here’s a link to the book Nikita mentioned: https://www.amazon.in/dp/B09ND4J375/ref=tsm_1_fb_lk

Here’s a link to Nikita’s webinar: https://fb.watch/fORy9zL-L8/

To learn about the Aspinall Foundation and the work they do, click here:

https://www.aspinallfoundation.org/

To learn about Born Free Foundation and the work they do, click here: https://www.bornfree.org.uk/

As a thank you to Nikita for sharing her story, Anitha donated to The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. They are one of Africa’s oldest wildlife charities and a leading conservation organization. They are known as the first and most successful elephant orphan rescue and rehabilitation program in the world. To learn more about The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, click here: https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/