Dairy Calf Cruelty and Orphan Orangutans: Erica Meier from Compassion over Killing and Richard Zimmerman from Orangutan Outreach

November 22, 2013
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To begin this week’s show, we chat about the controversy in this week’s news over U.S. television presenter Melissa Bachman recently shooting and killing a lion in Africa, for the fun of it. Many people are outraged at this whimsical act – but are they demonstrating a disconnect over all the other (billions of) animals dying every day at the hands of humankind?

Compassion Over Killing

Our first interview is with Erica Meir who is the executive director at Compassion Over Killing. Compassion Over Killing’s new undercover video reveals callous and egregious cruelty to dairy calves in Colorado who are just days old.

“Just days old, many of these calves – some of whom still have their umbilical cords hanging from their bodies – are too feeble or frightened to walk steadily.  As the footage shows, in the process of being moved on and off trucks, these fragile animals are violently dragged by their legs, pulled by their ears, lifted by their tails, kicked, thrown, slammed, and flipped.”

Orangutan Outreach

orangutanIn our second interview we speak with Richard Zimmerman, who is the founder of Orangutan Outreach. Orangutan Outreach’s mission is to protect orangutans in their native habitat while providing care for orphaned and displaced orangutans until they can be returned to their natural environment.

 

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