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All About Animals Radio is an ad free community talk radio station dedicated to all animals and those who act to protect and advocate for them.




Saving the Tule Elk with Jack Gescheidt

Reality Checks with Staci-lee Why are the rare Tule Elk being imprisoned inside a National Park when they could be freed? Did you know that a small group of rare native wild elk are being fenced in and pushed to the brink of extinction so dairy cows can graze unfettered in a national park? Many people are surprised to learn how our public lands, that we pay for, are being abused, exploited and contaminated for private industry. Listen and learn what is happening to these elk trying to survive in California. Click the links below for more information on this important and urgent crisis and how you can help save these animals. Anyone can get involved you do not need to be a California resident. In Defense of Animals TULE ELK PAGE: In Defense of Animals TAKE ACTION: Tell Congressman Huffman: Don’t Shoot Point Reyes Tule Elk — Free Them! : TreeSpirit Project’s Tule Elk info page:


Alaska Wildlife Alliance with Nicole Schmitt

In our latest Wild For Change podcast episode, Nicole chats with Nicole Schmitt, the Executive Director of the Alaska Wildlife Alliance (AWA). Established in 1978, the AWA emerged as a dedicated advocate for Alaska's diverse wildlife, including marine mammals and endangered species. Guided by a profound understanding of the intrinsic value wildlife holds within ecosystems, as well as its significance to the people of Alaska, the AWA's mission is to ensure the preservation of wildlife biodiversity. In recent times, the AWA has broadened its horizons by forging partnerships with other environmental organizations. Together, they engage in legal battles against the exploitation of public lands and waters in Alaska by extraction industries. Through litigation, they aim to safeguard the precious natural resources of the region. On a personal level, Nicole Schmitt shares a unique connection with wildlife, shaped by her upbringing. Having grown up hunting alongside her father, she realized the importance of fostering relationships with animals based on respect, reciprocity, and humility, rather than entitlement or dominance. These core values form the foundation of her commitment to protecting the remarkable wildlife of Alaska.


Death Row Pardons with Sheryl Joyce

Host Billie Groom talks with Sheryl Joyce, the Founder and CEO of Pet Pardon. Sheryl's journey began when she stumbled upon a network of animal advocates on Instagram who were sharing posts of shelter animals facing imminent euthanasia. After actively participating in this community for several months, Sheryl recognized a significant gap in the animal care landscape—a lack of a platform that could facilitate real-time conversations and connections surrounding specific animals. In response to this realization, she took the initiative to develop the Pet Pardon app, which stands as the pioneering solution of its kind. This groundbreaking platform eases the burden on shelters and rescues by establishing a simpler channel for animal advocates to contribute donations and support animals listed for euthanasia. Sheryl's passion for animals has been a lifelong devotion, evident through her history of providing a home for numerous stray animals and contributing to various animal organizations worldwide. In 2018, she made the pivotal decision to leave her corporate role as a Marketing & Communications Director and wholeheartedly dedicate herself to the cause of Pet Pardon. Since then, she has never glanced back, fully committed to making a positive impact in the lives of vulnerable animals.


Endangered-Wildlife Poet, Anthony E. Lovell

The Rising Lioness Podcast hosted by Erica Salvemini Audio production by Alex Sanfiz Endangered-Wildlife Poet, Anthony E. Lovell discusses his emotive poetry which inspires sanctuary for all life on Earth. In this episode of the Rising Lioness podcast on All About Animals Radio, host Erica Salvemini, chats with Endangered-Wildlife Poet, Anthony E. Lovell about his passionate love of wildlife and nature which he infuses with the art of poetry for a cause. Through his beautiful and often gut-gripping prose, Anthony challenges people to do whatever it takes to hold onto the species we still have - especially focussed on the critically endangered - and their habitats and wonders of nature. Anthony is encouraging humanity to create a sanctuary for all life on earth - starting in our hearts and minds. Erica and Anthony discuss their shared love, respect and devotion for preserving wildlife on Earth and how this is not only morally sound but is also in the best interest of our continued human existence. Listeners who stay on past the interview will enjoy Anthony’s powerfully evocative poetry series entitled, “Sacrosanct,” recited by Erica Salvemini. More of Anthony’s vital works can be found on his site at Endangered Wildlife Poetry. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ More at: Visit us on Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: LinkedIn: Subscribe on Apple: Amazon: Tunein: Spotify: Google: #animals #wildlife #poetry #animalsradio #podcast #listenable


Horseracing Wrongs with Patrick Battuello

In today's episode, we'll be discussing Horseracing Wrongs, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the exploitation of horses in the racing industry. Horseracing Wrongs was founded by Patrick Battuello in 2013, with a mission to expose and end the cruelty and abuses that take place behind the scenes of the horse racing industry. Through extensive research and investigation, Horseracing Wrongs has uncovered a shocking reality of widespread injuries, neglect, and deaths of horses in the industry. With a team of passionate advocates and supporters, Horseracing Wrongs is working tirelessly to raise public awareness about the harsh realities of horse racing, and to advocate for reforms that will protect horses from harm and ensure their well-being. In this podcast, we'll delve into the important work of Horseracing Wrongs, discussing the organization's history, mission, and impact. So join us as we explore the crucial work of Horseracing Wrongs, and learn more about what we can do to make a difference in the lives of horses.


Watchdog Mary with Mary Schwager

Host, Billie Groom, chats with Watchdog Mary on ways to impact the lives of companion animals in your community. Mary Schwager, aka Watchdog Mary, is a television and print journalist honored to have won 17 Emmy Awards and several honors from the Dog Writers and Cat Writers' Association of America. You can find her on social media @watchdogmary or check her out at


Life Beyond Cruelty with Chris Cavaliere

The Rising Lioness hosted by Erica Salvemini In this episode of The Rising Lioness Podcast on All About Animals Radio, Host Erica Salvemini speaks candidly with Chris Cavaliere, Research Director at The Beyond Cruelty Foundation about their weighty manifesto introduction piece titled, Beyond Animal Exploitation. WARNING: Beyond Animal Exploitation document may be upsetting to some audiences Authored by Chris Cavaliere, this important document delivers a bold and staggering statement about the exploitation of non-human sentient beings on our planet. It urgently asks for a course correction to curb these human-caused disastrous effects and cruelties to avoid the mass extinction of life; for non-human animals as well as for humankind. This document collates a significant collection of evidence to portray a fact-based account of humankind's systemic animal exploitation which has caused a profoundly detrimental effect on the future sustainability of life. The urgency of this document’s content is a startling must-read, but at a slow pace, for its nearly 300 references provide the reader accessibility to articles of visual accounts, empirical science, and data sources, illustrating how human and nonhuman existence is inextricably connected. The moral of this important factually backed story proposes that our ability to find life beyond cruelty is a critical determining factor, a missing goal, vital to our continued existence on this planet. The Beyond Cruelty Foundation’s manifesto strives to have SDG18 - Zero Animal Exploitation become global policy through the UN’s *SDGs - Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.


The Solutionist Show - Paws Off the Cubs!

Host, Billie Groom, chats with Howard Baskin of Big Cat Rescue in Florida, USA on the process, challenges, and eventual success (Dec 2022) in enacting a law preventing businesses from making money from "cub patting," We talk about the problems with your Everyday Joe thinking it's a good idea to own a big cat, and Exotic Joe convincing shopping mall owners it's a good idea to put big cats on display.


Effective Animal Advocacy - Think Like A Vegan with Emilia Leese

Yvonne catches up with Emilia Leese about her new book "Think Like A Vegan" and her rewilding project in the the Scottish Highlands.


All About Elephants Show - The Robotic Elephant with Khushboo Gupta

Nikita speaks with Khushboo Gupta the Director of Advocacy of Projects at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India. PETA India has recently introduced a robotic elephant at the Sree Krishna Temple in Kerala, India. The life-size robot has been designed to replace the live elephant that was previously used to carry the idol of Lord Ganesha during the temple's annual procession.


Save the Frogs with Dr. Kerry Kriger

On a new Wild For Change podcast, we speak with amphibian biologist Dr. Kerry Kriger, founder of Save the Frogs! Save The Frogs! began in 2008 and works across the United States as well as around the world to prevent the extinction of amphibians and to create a better planet for humans and wildlife, while also empowering ordinary citizens to contribute to the betterment of the planet. According to Save The Frogs! “Frog populations have been declining worldwide at unprecedented rates, and nearly one-third of the world’s amphibian species (approximately 2,000 amphibians) are threatened with extinction. Up to 200 species have completely disappeared since 1980, and this is NOT normal: amphibians naturally go extinct at a rate of only about one species every 500 years!” Some of the major advancements made by Save The Frogs! includes; Prevented the construction of a 12-story restaurant and apartment complex on top of one of Canada’s last three populations of Fowler’s Toads. Stopped the City of San Francisco from destroying the Little Yosemite Canyon stretch of Alameda Creek, which is prime breeding habitat for Foothill Yellow-Legged Frogs. Assisted with or independently led the construction or restoration of 29 wetlands, involving over a thousand volunteers. Disbursed over $100,000 in grants to 47 amphibian conservationists in 16 countries. In this podcast, we will discover; How Dr. Kriger began his career and created Save The Frogs! Some of the areas around the globe Save The Frogs! is actively helping to protect frogs and other amphibians. What are the main threats to the frog’s existence. Learn why the frog and other amphibians are considered an indicator species and what that means for us and the health of the planet. The role we play in helping to save the frogs and ourselves. The massive global frog trade and why many frogs are becoming sick with the virus Chytridiomycosis. Why wetlands are of monumental importance not only for frogs but for us. How you can can build your own backyard wetland to support frogs. How to celebrate Save The Frogs! Day on April 28th.


Laws for Paws

Host, Billie Groom chats with the two women of Laws For Paws who are on a mission to spread awareness on the need for harsher sentencing for domestic animal abusers. They discuss their efforts to reform legislation and address an issue that affects pet parents and communities.


The Solutionist Show: Donny Moss

“Who DIDN’T Let the Dogs Out?” A Bizarre Situation in a NY City Shelter Donny Moss of the New York based activist organization, Their Turn, gives us the inside scoop on a NY City Shelter that has closed it’s doors to adoptions while remaining open to collecting donations, and what his organization is doing to “call them out” on it.


All About Elephants: Bunka with Mark Stratton

Nikita Dhawan chats with Mark Stratton, co-lead of the campaign to free Bunka, a 15 year old Asian elephant in the Yerevan Zoo (Armenia). Mark shares an update on the campaign: the recent independent inspection of Bunka by experts, the scathing report and the hopes for Bunka’s future.


All About Elephants: Save The Asian Elephants with Duncan MacNair

Welcome to today's episode of the All About Elephants Show! Today we are joined by, Duncan McNair, the founder of STAE (Save The Asian Elephants). Duncan and his team have been working tirelessly to end wildlife cruelty in the tourism industry and has recently made some exciting progress. Duncan shares with us the latest progress of new legislation that is making its way through the UK Parliament, which aims to move tourism away from wildlife cruelty. He explains how this legislation will help to protect the Asian elephants, which are often subjected to brutal treatment in the tourism industry. Join us as we explore this important issue with Duncan McNair and learn how we can all play a part in creating a more sustainable and ethical future for elephants.


Animal Matters UK - Pet Theft Awareness

In December 2012, a German Shorthaired Pointer called Angel was stolen after being exercised with the owner’s other dogs. The dog was about to be loaded into the owner’s car when she saw a white van leave the area and no Angel in sight. Unfortunately in spite of the great efforts being made by the owner, Angel was never found. It was at the height of this search in March 2013 that Arnot Wilson, director of the Dog Union, saw a graphic about pet theft on the social media feed of an online pet retail website. This lead to the founding of Pet Theft Awareness by him and co founder Richard Jordan.Yvonne catches up with Richard Jordan and discovers the extent of the pet theft problem in the UK.


The Rising Lioness - Pig Placement Network with Susan Magidson

In this episode of The Rising Lioness Podcast on All About Animals Radio, host Erica Salvemini, chats with Susan Magidson, expert and leader in the world of pets-as-pigs. She is also the Co-Founder and President of the Pig Placement Network (PPN). Since 1998 PPN has been an adoption service, consultant, educator, support to the rescue community, and much more, all for the rehoming of domesticated pigs. Susan is a pet-pig-breeder turned rescue advocate. She says, “the rescue world is overwhelmed with unwanted companion pigs. Sanctuaries and Rescues get numerous calls from caretakers wanting to surrender their pig. They are at their capacity, they can't take in more without putting their organization into jeopardy. PPN assists the rescue world with our Home to Home placements..” Susan and her network strive to unite potbellied pigs in need of love and sanctuary with their just right humans. PPN does this in order to improve and enrich the lives of pigs and their happy companion humans. Listen in to this fun and educational discussion where Susan shares what pigs are really like! Find out if sharing your life with a smart, loveable, sometimes stubborn but also therapeutic pig may be right for you. In this episode you’ll learn about pig intelligence, behavior, language and how to avoid adoption pitfalls. PPN is a National Pet Pig Rehoming Network with over 800 pigs-in-need posted on their website. PPN works with the overwhelmed rescue community, caretakers needing to rehome companion pigs, and prospective new homes interested in adopting a pig. All PPN services are provided without cost to the user. PPN is a non-profit organization that is dedicated and devoted to potbellied pigs. Susan Magidson, is the owner of Ross Mill (Vegan) Farm and Co-Founder and President of the Pig Placement Network. In 1998, Susan co-founded Pig Placement Network, which is a service to assist pet pig owners in rehoming their pigs. Ross Mill Farm is the major foster care facility for PPN, directly placing over 1,000 pet pigs in new forever homes as of Spring 2018. She is also the Founding Board Member and Secretary to The Duchess Fund, which is a medical database exclusively for pet pigs. ORGANIZER AND PROMOTER OF: 1995 Potbellied Pig Symposium, U of Penn, New Bolton Center 1992 – 1997 Potbellied Pig Shows; at the Pennsylvania State Fair and Sussex County Fair 1991 – 2000 Potbellied Pig Booth at Middletown Grange Fair, PA, Schenectady County Fair, NY 1991 – 1998 Annual June Pignic, Annual October Hallowswine 1995 – 1998 Pigstock at Ross Mill Farm, fundraiser for PPN 1999 – 2009 PigFest at Ross Mill Farm, fundraiser for PPN 2010 – 2016 Potbellied Pig Seminar, Quakertown, PA 2011 – 2018 Piggypalooza, a music fundraiser for PPN LECTURED AT: 1995 Potbellied Pig Symposium, U of Penn, New Bolton Center 1996 Guest Lecturer at Harcum College, Veterinary Technician Class 1999 & 2000 Potbellied Pig Symposium, Ft. Myers, Florida 2001 Potbellied Pig Symposium, University of North Carolina School of Veterinary Medicine 2010 – 2012 Potbellied Pig Seminar, Quakertown, PA 2011 – 2016 Potbellied Pig Seminar, Richmond, Virginia 2017 Collective Impact for Pigs Symposium 2017 – 2018 Assisted Dr. Wilbers during Pet Pig Wet Lab at the North American Veterinary Conference, Orlando, Florida


Wild for Change - Wolf Treaty with Chief Judy Wilson

On this Wild For Change podcast, we speak with Judy Wilson, who formerly served as Kukpi Chief of the Neskonlith Indian Band about the Wolf Treaty; A Treaty of Cultural and Environmental Survival. Judy has knowledge, experience and an extensive background in First Nations land rights/specific claims, human rights, children & family jurisdiction, emergency management and supports a wide range of issues including climate action, justice reform, environmental & animal rights. Currently she continues to work with several Assembly of First Nations Chiefs Committees at the national level and current boards include Global Indigenous Council and Rural British Columbia. Internationally she was the lead on many national and provincial delegations to COP 27, and United Nations Forums in Geneva and New York. We are speaking about the wolf today because its continued survival is dependent on us. Two million wolves cohabited North America with the native people before European colonization. Now it is estimated fewer than 6,000 wolves exist in the contiguous United States and only occupy 10% of its historic range. Wolves are a keystone species and are a vital and necessary part of an ecosystem. But they are under attack and are in need of federal protection. In this podcast we learn: Why the Wolf Treaty was created by Indigenous Nations. The teachings and knowledge the wolf has given to the Indigenous culture. The biggest misconceptions of the wolf and why we need to change the narrative of the wolf. Why the conservation of wolves should be led by Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge. The wolf’s role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem and how this in turn supports us. How the gray wolf population in the lower 48 states affects the wolf population on the U.S. Canada border and U.S. Mexico border. How the displacement of wolves mirrors the displacement of the Indigenous peoples. When we fight for the wolves, we fight for everyone’s existence. As what is happening to the wolves will affect us. We need to restore protections for the wolf and place them back on the Endangered Species List. The short film called Almost Ancestors was released to raise awareness about the Mexican gray wolf. What people can do to help indigenous nations ensure the survival of the wolf.


The Rising Lioness - The Black Mambas 10 Years and Winning!

Incorruptible and Uncompromising. These are only some of the words used to describe the indomitable women known as the Black Mambas, the World's 1st ALL WOMEN AntiPoaching initiative founded by @tfafrica to upskill local communities and protect wildlife resources South Africa. At this most critical time in our world for wildlife conservation, Erica Salvemini, host of The Rising Lioness Podcast on All About Animals Radio, had the privilege of interviewing Craig Spencer, Founder, Director and CEO of Transfrontier Africa and the Black Mambas APU, as well as Leitah Mkhabela, Sergeant, Ambassador, Media Liaison Officer and Supervisor to the Black Mambas.In this deeply refreshing, passionate and authentic chat, Erica, Craig and Leitah speak soulfully about finding the ethos of humanity. The common thread in this episode is that real conservation comes from the heart.Craig and Leitah speak openly about women being the ideal choice for this work, stating they ‘take no shortcuts and show up without ego.’ The women that are the Black Mambas have been taking on poachers for 10 years and winning because of their uncompromising convictions!Outfitted with military fatigues and put through a rigorous instructional program - which includes classes, fitness and survival training - Craig and Leitah share the inside scoop on how these female wildlife warriors are trained to put their lives on the line all in preparation to guard South Africa’s most treasured and endangered species. Leithah shares the philosophical reasoning behind the Black Mambas being unarmed saying, “It’s because we cherish Life.” They made the conscious decision 10 years ago to create change through education and knowledge, NOT bullets.These powerful women are breaking barriers in the typically male dominated conservation field, while also improving their communities. The Black Mambas tap into their divine innate gifts of nurturing and gentle strength to also create transformational change in their community. They do this by involving and motivating the locals through the environmental education program called The Bush Babies, also founded by the spiritually conscious force behind it all, Craig Spencer.


Effective Animal Advocacy - The Orangutan Project with Leif Cocks

Host, Billie Groom chats with Leif about the on-going efforts of his organization in Sumatra to save the rain forest, provide resources and skills to the native communities, and establish a sanctuary for critically endangered orangutans, the “persons of the forest.” The Orangutan Project was established in 1998 by founder and world-renowned orangutan expert, Leif Cocks, as a result of his almost 30 year career working with orangutans. Leif is a passionate campaigner for orangutans and has been the leader of The Orangutan Project since its inception. Leif’s years in the field have earned him respect within the conservation field. He has been a key player in developing conservation plans for orangutans and influencing positive change for orangutan protection and survival. This includes the first ever successful reintroduction of the zoo-born orangutan. This respect has given The Orangutan Project world standing in conservation. A small population biologist and curator by trade; Leif has several academic qualifications, including a Masters of Science studying orangutans. He is a seasoned public speaker and has published several papers on orangutans in peer-reviewed journals. Leif is also the author of the books Orangutans and their Battle for Survival (2002) and, Amazon best seller, Orangutans My Cousins, My Friends(2016) and Finding our Humanity (2019). Amongst many roles, Leif is currently: a Technical Advisor for PT Alam Bukit Tigapuluh (a company leasing and protecting rainforest), Head of International Elephant Project, head of International Tiger Project, Vice President of Orang Utan Republik Foundation and on the Advisory Board for Forest, Nature and Environment of Aceh. In respect to his professional, animal, human and financial management skills, Leif has been the longest standing member of the Australasian Species Management Program; a Quarantine-Approved Assessor; Zoo Husbandry Adviser; Zoo Accreditation Officer; UN GRASP in-country point of contact, an International Species Coordinator, International Studbook Keeper and the Chair of a World Aquarium and Zoo Association global conservation program.