Monday, July 08, 2013
In 1903, on Coney Island, an elephant named Topsy was electrocuted, and over the past century, this bizarre, ghoulish execution has reverberated through popular culture. But it really happened, and many historical forces conspired to bring Topsy, Thomas Edison, and those 6600 volts of alternating current together that day. Michael Daly tells the story of this astonishing tale in Topsy The Startling Story of the Crooked Tailed Elephant, P.T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
There's an article in today's New York Times about anger over bear bile farming in China and the growing animal rights movement in that country. Bear bile is an ingredient in some Chinese medicine, and the methods for collecting it from bears held in captive is seen by many as animal cruelty. Listen to Leonard's 2012 interview with Jill Robinson, founder and CEO of Animals Asia, discussing bear bile farming and bear rescue efforts and the documentary "Cages of Shame."
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
David Kirby exposes the dark side of SeaWorld. His book Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity tells the story of the two-decade fight against SeaWorld, which came to a head with the tragic death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010 and the groundbreaking OSHA case that challenges the safety of keeping killer whales in captivity.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
By Annmarie Fertoli : Associate Producer at WNYC
The sudden death of a carriage horse on its way to Central Park Sunday morning has drawn renewed attention to the industry.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
In the coming months, the domain ".xxx" will become available to pornographic websites — and PETA wants in. Many companies are planning to buy the domain in order to stop X-rated sites from using their brand name with the new .xxx domain. But People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, no stranger to provocative methods of gaining attention, is going to do so with the full intent of making its .xxx domain name deliver nothing less than what those three letters imply — all in the name of animal rights, of course.