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:
When she was around seven years old, Olivia Pisano received a huge book all about animals. She loved learning about the animals, especially the whales. This interest in whales continued through elementary school, high school, all the way to her PhD.
Olivia joins Anitha to share her incredible story of connecting her PhD with her passion to help whales.
Olivia talks about her research project to use satellite imagery as a way to keep whales safe. She and Anitha also discuss major threats to the whale population, such as entanglement in fishing gear.
As a thank you to Olivia for sharing her story, Anitha donated to the Canadian Whale Institute. This charity is dedicated to protecting marine mammals and their habitats. To learn more about this group, please click here: https://www.canadianwhaleinstitute.ca
In this very special episode, Jessica Cambell and her fifth-grade class from Mount Madonna School in California join Anitha to talk about their year- long class project to protect whales.
The students take turns talking about why they chose whales for their environmental project, what they have learned, the activities they have organized to spread the word about the plight of whales, and so much more.
These students show how much can be accomplished toward making the world a better place for all species, when people work together.
A truly inspiring episode!
As a thank you to Ms. Cambell and her students for sharing their story, Anitha donated to Save The Whales.