May 21, 2021
In Episode 79 of the Paw & Order podcast, co-hosts Camille Labchuk and Jessica Scott-Reid speak with Dr. Charu Chandrasekera. Dr. Chandrasekera is the founder of the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods (CCAAM) at Windsor University, an internationally recognized research centre working to develop alternatives to animal testing. The interview explores why traditional animal testing is an outdated form of research that often produces poor results, why modern alternatives to animal testing focusing on human biology are more efficient, the exciting work that CCAAM is doing to develop these alternatives, and why it’s time for Canada to do more to support alternatives to animal testing and to develop these lifesaving technologies.
In this episode, we let our listeners to know that we will now be posting new podcast episodes on Tuesday mornings instead of Fridays.
In the news, Camille and Jessica discuss a 3rd mink farm in BC being hit with COVID-19, a kangaroo escaping from Ottawa-area Papanack Zoo, Marineland transferring belugas to Mystic aquarium in Connecticut and why the news stories were more like fluff pieces for the aquarium industry, and great coverage in Global News promoting pet adoption.
The Hero of the episode is the UK for its Action Plan for Animal Welfare, with includes formally recognizing animals as sentient beings, ending the live export of animals for slaughter, improving zoo standards, and more. The Zero is Nova Scotia’s Department of Environment for refusing to investigate after two calves were found dead near an isolated road.
Charu Chandrasekera and CCAAM’s links:
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.