On December 15th 2012 Birmingham's Wagon 'n' Horses pub allowed us to record a benefit gig for the Hunt Sabs. We couldn't stay that long but enjoyed two acts, namely Ballsall Heathens and Knife Cutter.
Frank L. Hoffman from "the Mary T and Frank L Hoffman Foundation" says: "We are a Biblically based organization, and believe that our call to mission is to restore God's original creation intent of a plant based diet (Genesis 1:29-30).We believe that a vital part of God's plan is to have His people be stewards of His earthly creation, and perhaps beyond, and to "rule" over it in such a way as to protect it from harm. Additionally, we are to "subdue", through peaceful means, all evil that seeks to cause harm to any portion of creation (Genesis 1:26-28).We believe we have been called as sons and daughters (children) of God to counteract the cruelty and damage that has been and continues to be inflicted upon the earth and all its inhabitants, for the whole of creation has been waiting and groaning for such individuals even until this very day (Romans 8:18-25)" - reason enough for WILD TIME to talk to him.
Susie Duncan Sexton is a prolific writer and animal lover and activist, whose latest book receives rave reviews. In her conversation with WILD TIME's Thomas Janak she talks about the book, her writing and how the presence of an animal helped her through times of hardship among other things.
In 'Meat is for Pussies', John Joseph makes sure you never look at meat the same way. After painting a sickening picture of how things really are, John outlines a plan for a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life. This interview touches on many things from Karma to remembering where you came from and using that to influence and help others and more. Listen here
Animal rights activists in Israel have formed a movement called "269life" to campaign for an end to the horrors of the meat- and dairy industry. They emotionally connected to calf Nr. 269, which is one of many, and even went as far as having the name 269 branded onto their bodies publicly in Tel Aviv/Israel.
This interview with activist Sasha Bojor covers not only activism, why branding seems the ultimate form of compassion but also deals with cultural sensitivites and differences and why veganism is the only way forward and more.
Fluoride is added to our drinking water because the Department of Health believes that it prevents tooth decay. However, the opposite viewpoint is that it causes permanent damage to teeth, interferes with child development and more. WILD TIME talked to Joy Warren from West Midlands Against Fluoridation about this important health issue.
In June 2010 a lone female orca calf was captured from the Wadden Sea, off the northwest coast of the Netherlands, under a rehabilitation and release permit. She was emaciated and dehydrated. The Dolfinarium Harderwijk took this orca, whom they named Morgan, to their facilities in order to administer medical health care. They weren’t allowed to display her to the public and she was to be prepared for reintroduction back into her natural habitat. Unfortunately, this isn’t what happened.
Morgan currently languishes in Loro Parque, a privately owned entertainment park in the Canary Islands. She is used in shows and is abused by the other orca at the park. Yet, there is strong evidence that illustrates that Morgan is a suitable candidate for release back into the wild.
The next hearing about her ongoing courtcase is scheduled for tomorrow, November 1st.
LISTEN HERE to what is happening and how you can help!!
Jayne Matthews is a qualified dog trainer and dog behaviourist and talked to WILD TIME's Thomas Janak (himself a holistic animal healer and pet psychologist) about dog behaviour, training methods and more. Here you can hear advise on overcoming your fear of dogs, how to teach children how and when to approach dogs, what to do when a baby is due and you are concerned about the dog's response to the new family member and more.
For 20 years now arctic bear Yupi has been living in isolation, in a roofless enclosure at the Morelia Zoo in Mexico. The International Save Yupi Coalition, together with many international NGO’s. is trying to change Yupi’s condition and are also prepared to relocate him to a better place where he has a richer life and better care. The Morelian Zoo, it seems, doesn’t seem to think that Yupi would fare better someplace else though.
Wild Time’s Thomas Janak spoke to Ericka Ceballas about Yupi and his uncertain future
On their website it says: ‘Founded by Jill Robinson in 1998, Animals Asia Foundation is devoted to the welfare of wild and urban animals in Asia. We also work towards the conservation of endangered species
At present, we have around 250 rescued bears at our sanctuaries in China and Vietnam and over the years, we’ve rescued a total of 350 bears. In China, we’re working with conservation leaders in Beijing as well as forestry leaders in individual provinces to close down farms and make whole provinces bear-farm free. So far, we’ve closed down 43 Chinese farms and seen 20 of mainland China’s 31 provinces become proudly bear farm-free. We also work to reduce the demand for bile in Asia by promoting affordable, effective and cruelty-free alternatives’
Animal Asia founder and CEO Jill Robinson talked to Wild Time’s Thomas Janak about the bile farming as well as about a current crisis as their samctuary in Vietnam is threatened by an eviction notice.
This is an informative and important conversation that also includes ways of helping Animals Asia and supporting them in their struggles.
Southeast Asia is a major centre for the wildlife trade, both as a supplier and consumer of wildlife products. The region includes some of the world’s poorest countries, where the rich biodiversity is exploited by communities to eke out an existence. Elsewhere, greater affluence in rapidly developing areas has led to increased demand and purchasing power for wildlife products WILD TIME in conversation with TRAFFIC South East Asia's Elisabeth Lisa John about the illegal wildlife trade .
In August 2012 WILD TIME talked to activist Dina Zuflikar about the dreadful governmental Zoos in Egypt. Now, there is even more trouble in Egypt from smuggling falcons to Bahrain to selling monkeys to anyone who is interested, from battling the authorities to lack of support ... Wild Time caught up with Dina again to highlight the latest devlopments
Paul Mahony is a member of the Bayside Climate Change Action Group in his native Australia and has published over fourty papers on Climate change and its impacts. WILD TIME caught up with him to explore possible new solutions and more
Surajan Shresta, founder of the 'Animal Rights Club' in Nepal , who is working closely with "Voices For Change", is fighting for the abolition of ritualistic slaughter of animals during religious festivities.
With "Dashain" just days away their plan and aim to abolish animal abuse needs to be heard. WILD TIME caught up with Surajan to hear about their campaigns and more.
37 million geese and ducks are used and slowly, horrifically killed for a "delicacy" known as 'Foie Gras' annually, which is in essence a fatty and diseased liver. The practise of Foie Gras has been banned in 17 countries for its cruelty but the practise of force feeding geese and ducks under horrible conditions is still continuing. Wild Time talked to Fiona Munro who is doing everything in her power to fight it.
Filmmaker Ildar Khakimov travelled to the infamous Taiji in Japan to film a documentary about the 'Cove Guardians' e.g. the activists on the ground, the fisherman, the local police and so on. Wild Time talked to him after he returned LISTEN HERE
The Hammerhead Shark is the most hunted for his fins and needs legal protection! Whether or not he will get more protection will be decided in March of 2013 at a CITES meeting in Thailand. SeaSave's Susana Navajas in conversation with Wild Time's Thomas Janak about the sharks and how they can be protected.
As stated on www.barnivore.com : "It might seem weird at first, but your favourite drink might have more than just alcohol in it.
Brewmasters, winemakers, and distillers may include animal ingredients in their products directly, or they might use them in the processing and filtration. When making the product, dairy, honey, and other things (including, in one case, a whole chicken dropped in the tank) are ingredients in the final recipe." -
Wild Time talked to Barnivore's Jason Doucette about their page and their work.
Australian cartoonist Phil Watson's entertaining cartoons about Sharks are just another way of raising awareness about the apex predator. Wild Time talked to Phil about his work, future prospects and more
Wild Time's Thomas Janak in conversation with "I love Bali Dogs" administrator Cori Nedjeli about the problems the Bali dogs are facing on their own turf. The interview also highlights the import of foreign dogs onto the island and what that means for all involved.
Please also visit the two Bali based organisations BARC and BAWA that Cori mentioned.
The Portuguese NGO "Animal" has been battling bull fighting for over 17 years and despite much progress it is still going on. Wild Time talked to Rita Silva about their work and much more besidesListen here
Recently a large number of cats were rescued in Shanghai - but stopping a truck is not the only issue nor the answer. Wild Time in conversation with 'Think Adoption's Philippe Jeangeorge about the stories behind the headlines.
Lately "Mixcloud", where many of our interviews can be found, seems to have severe problems. Often times we can't upload footage and just today we couldn't even send them an email to let them know.
Since May 2012 we were therefore uploading some shows on pod-o-matic, where we are now running out of free space.
We have now decided to get a PRO ACCOUNT on pod-o-matic.
Since we are not funded by anyone and since we are spending a lot of time and money on our programs, we are appealing to our dear listeners and supporters to donate to us (see paypal button the upper right hand side on this blog) so that we can purchase a subsricption.
PAWS KUWAIT has been rescuing and rehoming animals for the past seven years but are now facing eviction and are in search of a new home. The move will cost them a lot of many and since Kuwait has no animal welfare laws PAWS KUWAIT can only raise the money needed via donations.
WILD TIME talked to PAWS chairperson Manuela Tague about the situation in Kuwait.
Over the years WILD TIME has spoken to many organisations and individuals in or about Asia and our footage truly reflects the courage and compassion of the people who work for the rights and welfare of animals in their respective countries.
Still, there often are many racist remarks about specific countries or "the Asian" as such on social netweork sites or under links and pctures.
WILD TIME never makes excuses for highlighting cruelty wherever it may happens BUT it is very important and only fair to highlight not only what is actually happening in Asia but also to show people and indeed interview the people that fight for animals in Asia.
For the purpose of making browsing easier whe have listed our Asia - related interviews on a specific page.
Saving endangered wild cats is the sole purpose for the existence of Wild Cats World. Wild Time talked to Babette de Jonge about her organisation and her work. This frank conversation touches on many issues, including canned hunting, captivity and more.
Stephanie Stringer and her fellow facebook group members are taking on facebook for allowing porn, animal abuse and more to be on display, apparently without any form of supervision or filtering system. WILD TIME talked to Stephanie about their upcoming campaign to force Facebook to clean up their pages and to police their content appropriately.
Although the Rodeo associations claim very few animals are injured and killed in rodeos, SHARK's Steve Hindi has a different opinion and the evidence to back it up. This candid conversation deals with the animal abuse in Rodeo and also touches on their mighty sponsors and more.
LISTEN HERE : The Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital has been raided by thugs recently who stole cages (worth about £ 30 000) and killed animals in the process. Wild Time spoke with Julie Simenson from the Wildlife Hospital about the uncertain future and the event itself.
Check their website or get in touch by phone: 07951 285 366
Wild Time radio in conversation with Yael Hanna Chitrik an animal rights activist in Israel. The conversation touches on the Save Japan Dolphins Day, the Mazor Farm where primates are being held captive and planned to be send to laboratories and more. This conversation is an insight into a country that is often overlooked.
This year 82 cities around the globe take part in a concerted effort to let Japan know that the killings in Taiji, Japan are not tolerated and that the world is watching.
WILD TIME spoke to many people who are involved in organising or helping at the events.
In part 1 Thomas talks to Zoe Ng about the event in Hong Kong, Sandy McElhaney from just outside of Wahsington who helps co-ordinate some of the events. Sandy is also involved with the “Save Misty the dolphin” campaign. Thomas also talked to Nichola Sherlock who organises the Save The Dolphin Day event in Dublin/Ireland.
In part 2 Thomas talks to Englishman Alan Howard who is involved in the New York event as well as with Earhrace UK’s Lucy Byrne. Lucy talked about the event in London as well as the upcoming “Whalefest” and more.
In typical Wild Time manner the conversations touch on much more from racism to the rainforest, the Maui dolphins and future activism.
In a recent New York times article one could read: "This spring, the Copenhagen Zoo put down, by lethal injection, two leopard cubs, about 2 years old, whose genes were already overrepresented in the collective zoo population. Leopards are considered near threatened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. But as part of a breeding plan to maintain the genetic diversity of this species, the cubs’ fate was determined before they were born."
WILD TIME's Thomas Janak spoke with cat rescuer/lover Lucy Snowleopard about this case and the uncertain future of these big cats.
LISTEN HEREIn effect since August 12th 1991, the Breed Specific Legislation (known as Dangerous Dogs Act in Northern Ireland) has claimed many victims, mostly innocent ones. It has been shown over and over again that targeting a breed for its look or "apparent bad character" simply does not work. With the recent death/execution of Lennox the time has come to declare the BSL obsolete and outdated. Wild Time went to a peaceful protest in Wolverhampton!
Listen here to Wild Time Radio in conversation with animal rights lawyer Steve M. Wise from the "nonhuman rights project", which is the only organisation working toward actual LEGAL rights for members of species other than our own. Their mission is to change the common law status of at least some nonhuman animals from mere “things,” which lack the capacity to possess any legal right, to “persons,” who possess such fundamental rights as bodily integrity and bodily liberty, and those other legal rights to which evolving standards of morality, scientific discovery, and human experience entitle them.
Our recent interview with Christian Braendle about the "Plastic Garbage Project" has kindly been added to the OCCUPY FOR ANIMALS website and our interview with Paul McDonalds about "Fox-a-gon" has been added to a Dutch website called "vulpes-vulpes.nl".
To listen to the mentioned interviews just type in a keyword into the search button, which can be found on the upper right hand side of this blog
LISTEN HERE !! Wild Time's Thomas Janak recently talked to Ryan and Dallas from "Midwest Vegan Radio", whose honest, passionate and often emotional podcasts offer vegans and non-vegans alike a platform to hear about veganism and animal rights related issues. This conversation touches on many issues and is an interesting, informative and fun way of hearing and learning about what veganism is
With over 10 000 greyhounds dying in the Uk alone every year, often under suspicious circumstances, and a largely indifferent society one needs to ask the question: Who cares about greyhounds? - Luckily, some do: Listen to Wild Time in conversation with Kerry Eliman from the Birmingham Greyhound Protection
Susan Bump couldn't imagine the trouble she would soon find herself in when she helped animals in distress - listen here to Wild Time in conversation with Susan about her true-life story about her arrest and more , which she will turn into a book as well
LISTEN HERE to Wild Time in conversation with journalist David Kirby, whose latest book "Death at Seaworld" makes waves as it follows the lifes of four trainers at Seaworld as well as explores findings of scientists regarding orcas in captivity. It goes without saying that the bottom line of his findings is that keepin these magnificent beings in confinement is not a good thing
Wild Time's Thomas Janak talked to Kami Kreaps who is 1/3 of a great team of woman whose website sets a standard by highlighting ethical products ranging from clothes to skincare products that are fully vegan, cruelty free, while being very appealing to a mass audience at the same time.
Their unique background in modelling and fashion allows blog readers an in-depth look into the world of beauty knowing that no sentient being comes to harm.
Listen here to this engaging conversation that touches on more than just veganism and beauty.
LISTEN HERE : Salamanders are in a terrible crisis. Copious numbers of salamander species are disappearing from the wild at a daunting rate. Unfortunately, due to their secretive and cryptic nature, salamanders are not commonly seen by people. This means the decline in salamanders largely goes unnoticed - even as species dwindle and become extirpated (locally extinct and exterminated). Salamanders are further at risk due to the fact that few conservation groups are solely devoted to their recovery, and the general public is largely indifferent to saving ''slimy amphibians.''
Aside from the conservation concerns that afflict salamanders, these amphibians are also subjected to many forms of cruelty and exploitation. Yet virtually no attention is given to salamanders from animal welfare advocates.
Wild Time talked to Salamander advocate Matt Ellerbeck (pictured here). Visit his website HERE
Listen here to the interview : The fact that shark fins are still on the menu of many restaurants is both disturbing and concerning. TAASFA, the Australian Anti Sharkfinning Alliance, is fighting for a shark free cuisine and more. Wild Time talked to Mick Dowes from TAASFA, an organisation that was formed in 2011 with the sole purpose of bringing sharkfinning in Australia to an end. Visit TAASFA!