April 16, 2021
Episode 77 of the Paw & Order podcast is co-hosted by Jessica Scott-Reid along with a special guest co-host, Kaitlyn Mitchell, who’s a staff lawyer at Animal Justice.
Jessica and Kaitlyn dive into pressing news involving animals, including an animal advocate being acquitted of a criminal charge after exposing horrific conditions at an Ontario fur farm, an activist with Direct Action Everywhere in the U.S. being charged under Iowa’s new ag gag law, Kaitlyn’s interview in the Winnipeg Free Press regarding ag gag bills in Manitoba, and Animal Justice filing a cruelty complaint after six hens were found alive on top of a pile of thousands of dead flock mates who were dumped in a Manitoba landfill.
For the main segment, Jessica interview Brittany Semeniuk, who’s an animal welfare consultant with the Winnipeg Humane Society. Together, they discuss Brittany’s role with the Winnipeg Humane Society, and the massive shift in public sentiment towards farmed animals and growing desire for their well-being. They also delve into the disturbing common practice of mass culls on farms, involving farmers killing off livestock when they are no longer profitable, and disposing of their bodies. This conversation comes on the heels of the rescue of six hens who survived a mass cull and were found still alive among a pile of dead hens in a Manitoba landfill, as mentioned in the news segment of the show.
The Hero of the episode is Saks Fifth Avenue for going fur-free! And the Zero goes to the Pest Management Regulatory Agency of Health Canada. This group rejected Animal Justice and Wolf Awareness’s request for special review of three painful poisons used to kill wildlife. This follows their recent decision to continue excluding “humaneness” considerations when they register these products for use in Canada.
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To our producer, Shannon Nickerson, and podcast editor Micahl Contos.
To Kevin Lacroix for the podcast logo and for the musical sting in our podcast intro.
To DJ Quads for our intro, transition and outro music.