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Visting Kanta elephant sancutary

From Training Elephants to Training Dogs on WGN Radio

Returning from Thailand, on my Steve Dale’s Pet World WGN Radio radio show, HEAR how it was to visit Kanta Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand. I offer tips on visiting elephant sanctuaries in Thailand, and describe a bit about how they’re not all the same. In Thailand, those who work with elephants and training elephants consider that…
Lucille Ball liked working with animals

Lucille Ball Wasn’t Upstaged by Animals

Unlike some actors, Lucille Ball never minded working with animals, as long as the laughs still came And Lucy especially loved dogs. Just before her “I Love Lucy” days Lucy and Desi lived on a farm (outside Los Angeles) where they had a cow who was more like a rooster. I don’t recall the cow’s…

Chicago Animal Care and Control Rescues; Bowling for Rhinos

On Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio HEAR me talk with Kelly Gandurski, new acting director of Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) talks about how so many rescues/shelters instantly came together to save 48 small dogs from one property. The good news is that the animals were in great shape. The dogs didn’t really spend…

World Elephant Day

In 1989, CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) issued an international ban on the ivory trade. Despite this, legal trade still exists in many countries, including Japan, and the black market continues to do a brisk business, more business than ever before. In many cases, poachers out weaponize game wardens, and governments…

The Buzz on Elephants: Bees Keep them Away

Imagine, you’re sitting and reading a book on a Sunday afternoon. Instead of hearing a knock on the door – you feel a rumble. And the next thing you know the roof of your home has been collapsed by a herd of elephants. Or your crops have been destroyed by elephants trampled through or snacking…

Saving Wildlife: We Can If We Try

People are smart. We can make a choice moving forward. Will we help wildlife, or will we help to speed the disappearance of many species from the planet? In India, these people banned together to save a baby elephant. In America, the President of the United States supports shooting elephants and will allow for legally…

Trump Sanctions Killing Endangered Elephants

Elephants are intelligent and emotional beings, and they are the prime shaper of any ecosystem they happen to live in. Humans are their only significant threat, and they are still being poached to death, particularly in Africa. Now, with President Trump’s personal support, the U.S. government will allow hunters to import trophies of elephants killed…

Which Animals Use Tools?

We know some animals use tools, specifically great apes—our closest relatives—but there are lots of other examples in the wild. Here is one of those examples: an elephant is using a large branch to fend off a rhinoceros, although the elephant could have better aim. And, it’s impossible to understand why this female elephant felt…

Illinois Governor Could Sign Bill to Ban Use of Performing Elephants

  Listen HERE, as I talk with Marc Ayers, the Illinois director of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), on WGN Radio’s Steve Dale’s Pet World regarding a bill that would make Illinois the first state to ban performing elephants. Read about the circuses that still use elephants on the road. Some have poor…

Illinois Could be the First State to Ban Performing Elephants

Illinois wants to ban performing elephants, and would be the first state to do this (though bullhook training is already banned in Rhode Island and California). The bill should be a no-brainer. At least you’d think so, particularly on the heels of Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus shutting down, with the final performance in…

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