Hi! I’m Heidi Herriott, and I would like to welcome you to my new podcast Animal Tales! I am so excited to chat with you each week about one of my favorite topics, animals!
In this podcast, it is my goal to cover a wide variety of topics, and fill an open space. So much of the information about and relating to animals is based more on emotion, opinion, and ideology rather than reality, practicality, science, and expertise. I’m a 3rd generation animal trainer and animal welfare expert who was privileged to grow up with an amazing menagerie of elephants, camels, llamas, horses, zebras, and many domestic animals. It is my objective for Animal Tales to provide a practical look at a wide variety of animal related topics including WHY we train animals. HOW we train animals. The difference between animal rights and welfare groups, and important stories about conservation and species survival. We will also debate provocative animal legislation and regulations, as well as controversial news stories.
Here are some examples…
· Did you know that several states and numerous municipalities have banned the commercial sales of dogs and cats, and only shelters are authorized to sell them?
· Where do the multi million dollars of donations to animal rights groups really go? Are they helping animals?
· Learn about a great program called Homes for Animal Heroes retiring research dogs after their service
· What is the single best thing you can do to ensure your animals well-being for life?
· Is it still okay to get a pet from a breeder instead of a shelter?
· Is enjoying an elephant ride in Asia really bad for the elephants?
· Should animals have human rights?
· If we spay and neuter all our pets, how long before there are no pets???
My weekly podcast will delve into these topics and more, and ALWAYS with the consideration - what is truly in the best interest of the animals. We will go beyond the emotion and rhetoric and drill down to get to the heart of the matter, or what I refer to as – the uncomfortable middle.
Our guests will feature subject matter professionals, and friends and colleagues I have long admired and looked to for their expertise. All of this approached in a common-sense fashion providing a balanced look at the issues and topic, which, by the way, is the same way I learned to approach training and caring for animals!
I hope you will join us each week for amazing ANIMAL TALES!
RSPCA study commissioned in England regarding circus animals
Conducted US studies of circus animals including big cats and elephants