We start this episode with a short review and excerpt readings of Leah Lemieux’s book “Rekindling the Waters: The Truth About Swimming With Dolphins“. We are having another Animal Voices giveaway for a copy of this book that will go to a lucky listener! We invite you to place your entry on our Facebook group page under the wall post that announces the contest, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org saying that you wish to enter the draw. To be eligible to win, you must not have won anything from us in the past 12 months, and you must be able to pick up your prize from our radio station in downtown Vancouver. The deadline for entries is Friday, September 23rd at 9am, and we will announce the winner on our show that day, so good luck!
Leah Lemieux, Rekindling the Waters: The Truth About Swimming With Dolphins
Our feature interview is with whale and dolphin advocate Leah Lemieux. She is an author and lecturer who has been working on dolphin protection, education and conservation initiatives for twenty years, collaborating with individuals and NGOs from a number of countries, including the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots Environmental and Humanitarian program. In 2009, she published a book of her years of personal experiences with dolphins entitled “Rekindling the Waters: The Truth About Swimming with Dolphins”, which exposes the harsh realities of the lives that dolphins in captivity face, always to their detriment and often to their demise.
Leah speaks with us about what her experiences have taught her about dolphins and the captive dolphin industry, in promotion of a free screening of the award-winning film “The Cove” coming up in Vancouver on September 22nd. For more details on this screening, and to reserve your tickets, please visit this website.
You can see Leah speak about about Canada’s dirty ties to captive dolphin industry here, and find out some facts that may shock you:
The Realities about the Animals at the PNE
Every year the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver, Canada draws tens of thousands of people to its fairgrounds to be entertained by the likes of carnival rides, Chinese acrobat shows, and the latest fads in household gadgetries for purchase. And a central part of the PNE, deeply rooted in its tradition, is the large farm animal display that has been happening since its inception in 1910.
Alissa presents some information on what the “animal agriculture” display at the PNE is all about, and her thoughts on the realities of what it means for the animals, and the visiting humans alike.