Welcome to Radio Free Rescue, a weekly call-in radio show featuring interviews and discussions about animal rights, protection and defense. We currently broadcast from Dallas, Texas, every Monday evening at 8:00 pm U.S. Central Time. Most of our shows are live, although on occasion we'll have a pre-recorded show to accommodate our guests' schedules. Feel free to download previous shows' podcasts from our page so that you can listen anytime!


  • Interview: Gabriela Cowperthwaite, "Blackfish" - REPEAT

    06/08/2013 Duración: 58min

    NOTE: This is the archived podcast of our interview. Please do not call in. Thank you for listening! Last Friday, August 2, 2013, we were honored to have interviewed Gabriela Cowperthwaite, the director of the Sundance Film Festival favorite documentary, Blackfish. The movie is about Tilikum, the SeaWorld killer whale favorite who has been involved in several deaths over the years, including that of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010.  The movie's release forced SeaWorld to issue a response, which -- in light of the damning facts and footage in the film about how cetaceans are ripped from their families and social groups and forced to live and train in cramped, artificial conditions, essentailly in servitude in the name of entertainment -- could only charitably be described as both ineffectual and weak.  Listen to our rebroadcast of our interview with Ms. Cowperthwaite, and then head over to their website to find out if the film is being shown at a theater near you. 

  • Interview: Gabriela Cowperthwaite, "Blackfish"

    02/08/2013 Duración: 57min

    "Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s documentary Blackfish is a clear successor to 2009’s The Cove." - The New Statesman. “Blackfish is a highly compelling film that’s already being touted as a likely Oscar contender." - Few documentaries in the past few years have resonated with movie audiences as much as Blackfish has, and with good reason. I know of few families who haven't been to SeaWorld at least once during the kids' childhoods, including my own. And why not? There's something majestic and powerful about seeing a killer whale -- their sleek, polished beauty, their massive size leaping gracefully out of sparkling water, their sharp intelligence. Backdrop that with their cheerful, diminutive trainers trainers and all those "tricks" they perform just for us, the eager participants in this dramatic show of nature's power -- it's hard to beat that as compelling entertainment.  And then you see a film like Blackfish. It's hard to imagine why we ever thought that that could be anything but exploitation and

  • Interview: Daniel Redwood, Singer and Animal Rights Advocate

    30/07/2013 Duración: 59min

    We have a very special treat this evening! We usually feature interviews and profiles with activists, volunteers, and leaders of animal rights organizations, rescue groups, and media organizations, but tonight we offer our listeners a different perspective on the animal rights movement: that of the artist. Daniel Redwood is a vegan and singer/songwriter whose latet album is called Songs for Animals, People & the Earth. Originally from Buffalo, New York, he began his artistic activism working as a volunteer with Cesar Chavez and the United Farmworkers Union in California, eventually touring coast-to-coast on behalf of the group and recording a benefit record.  For more information about Daniel and his songs, visit his website.   

  • Interview: Nancy Cu-Unjieng, CARA Welfare Philippines

    23/07/2013 Duración: 59min

    Join us tonight as we interview Ms. Nancy Cu-Unjieng, president of CARA (Compassion and Responsibility for Animals) Welfare in the Philippines, one of the few national animal rescue organizations in that country.  Founded in 2000, CARA rescues dogs and cats from the streets and situations of abuse and/or neglect, and brings them into their foster program. They received global attention in 2012 when they took in nearly 230 pit bulls from what is believed to be the largest dogfighting raid in the world to date. Known as the Laguna Pit Bulls, only about 175 of them survived in the subsequent months, with many dying from their wounds and illnesses. The remaining are now being cared for by CARA's dedicated volunteers in shelter and rehabilitation facilities while they await adoption.  CARA Welfare receives all of its funding from donors and supporters from around the world, and they have an active Facebook page where they regularly post updates on the dogs and cats in their care and the often-dramatic rescues th

  • Interview: Faith Maloney, Best Friends Animal Society

    09/07/2013 Duración: 59min

    If you're involved in animal rescue, you've likely heard about Best Friends Animal Society, and with good reason: they're not only a leader in the No-Kill movement, they also own and manage the largest companion animal sanctuary in the country. Homeless animals -- mostly dogs and cats, but also including horses, rabbits, pigs, birds, and others -- awaiting adoption are cared for in an expansive facility that includes full veterinary care, experienced trainers, and an army of dedicated volunteers.  Best Friends Animal Society received significan press coverage in 2007 after they took in 22 of the 48 dogs seized by authorities from the Michael Vick dogfighting operation at a property the football star owned in Virginia. Ten of those 22 have been adopted.  Faith Maloney is one of the original co-founders of Best Friends, which was established in its present form in 1984. 

  • Interview: Lisa Williams, In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue

    02/07/2013 Duración: 59min

    Based in Wylie, Texas, In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center is dedicated to the rescue of neglected, abused and unwanted exotic felines. From tigers, lions, leopards and lynxes, to cougars, cheetahs, bobats, and servals, In-Sync Exotics houses their rescued cats in an expansive sanctuary open to visitors and tours. The sanctuary, which is licensed by the USDA and registered with the Texas Department of Health, offers very spacious enclosures and playgrounds for the feline residents, all of whom will live out the rest of their lives there. In-Sync is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization run by a group of committed volunteers and supported solely by private donations, grants and their adoption programs. Just about all of their cats come to them from inhmane breeding facilities, entertainment facilities, a closed exotic animal sanctuary, and from private owners unwilling or unable to care for their pets. Join us tonight as we chat with Lisa Williams, media director for In-Sync Exotics! 

  • Interview: Marcelo Cacciola, Soi Dog Foundation

    18/06/2013 Duración: 59min

    Much of Asia has a reputation for animal exploitation and cruelty, but what many don't realize is that change is underfoot. The change is slow-going -- some would say even glacial -- but it's there.  One very visible and inspiring example of that change is the Soi Dog Foundation, a Thailand dog rescue organization that has caught the attention of global media and animal lovers around the world. Founded in 2003 by Margot Homburg Park and John and Gill Dalley. It's now become a major force in animal welfare in Thailand, with nearly 50,000 dogs and cats spayed and neutered as of March 2013 and over 350 adopted and rehomed in 2012 alone. In addition to their active spay/neuter programs, Soi Dog also offers educational programs to local schools. More recently, they have become widely known for their aggressive campaign to end the thriving yet illegal dog meat trade from Thailand to Vietnam through their "Trade of Shame" campaign.  Our guest on the show this evening is Marcelo Cacciola, global communications dire

  • Interview: Dr. Lori Marino, Kimmela Ctr. for Animal Advocacy

    11/06/2013 Duración: 01h00s

    Dolphins are some of the most intelligent creatures on earth, and yet we humans remain largely ignorant of their astonishing capabilities and their relationships with each other, much to our detriment as well as theirs. Join us in our conversation with Dr. Lori Marino as we discuss, among other topics, the effects of captivity on cetacean behavior and the ethics of human-nonhuman relationships. ABOUT LORI MARINO, PH.D. Dr. Marino is the founder and executive director of the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, Inc., the only organization focusing exclusively on bridging the gap between academic research and scholarship and on-the-ground animal advocacy efforts. A neuroscientist and expert in animal behavior and intelligence, she serves on the faculty of Emory University and is internationally known for her work on the evolution of brain and intelligence in dolphins and whales and comparisons to primates. In 2001 she co-authored a ground-breaking study offering the first conclusive evidence for mirror self-re

  • Interview Panel: "Mothers For Others"

    04/06/2013 Duración: 59min

    Mothers are remarkable, and the three women we will interview for a special episode of Radio Free Rescue are no exception. They balance the demands of motherhood and work with their commitment to animal rescue and protection, juggling the needs of their children and significant others with their work as activists, lobbyists, and nonprofit leaders.  ANNA CLARK. Anna is the president of EarthPeople, a sustainability communications firm that helps organizations profit from branding, engagement, corporate social responsibility, and public relations strategies. She's also the author of Green, American Style: Becoming Earth-Friendly and Reaping the Benefits. Anna writes and speaks on sustainability and cultural change and contributes her voice as an opinion journalist to the Guardian, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, and many more.  ALEX LOUISE DORER. A previous guest on Radio Free Rescue, Alex is one of the co-founders and board members of Fins and Fluke, an organization dedicated to educating local commu

  • Interview: Gene Baur, Farm Sanctuary

    14/05/2013 Duración: 01h00s

    ABOUT GENE BAUR Gene Baur has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine. Since the mid-1980s, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our system of cheap food production. A pioneer in the field of undercover investigations, Gene has visited hundreds of farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses, documenting the deplorable conditions that exist. His pictures and videos exposing factory farming cruelties have aired nationally and internationally, educating millions about the plight of modern farm animals. Gene has also testified in courts and before local, state, and federal legislative bodies, advocating for better conditions for farm animals. His most important achievements include winning the first-ever cruelty conviction at a U.S. stockyard and introducing the first U.S. laws to prohibit cruel farming confinement methods in Florida, Arizona, and California. His efforts have been covered by top news organizat

  • Interview: Bob Isaacson, Dharma Voices for Animals

    07/05/2013 Duración: 59min

    "May all beings be free from suffering."  Dharma Voices for Animals, a membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in California, is an organization of those committed both to practicing the teachings of the Buddha (the Dharma) and to speaking out when animal suffering is supported by the actions of those in Dharma communities and by the policies of Dharma centers. They want to be the voice of the animals who cannot speak our language and are unable to ask, "Why are you paying people to do this to me?" or "Why are you supporting my suffering?" Whether you're Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, or of any other faith, you'll want to hear our guest talk about the suffering of animals and how one can align one's beliefs with one's actions.  ABOUT BOB ISAACSON Co-founder and president Bob Isaacson has practiced the Dharma in the Vipassana/Theravada tradition for 17 years. He was a civil rights-human rights attorney for 25 years, specializing in defending people against the death penalty. Bob currently teaches the Dharm

  • Interview: Katie Jarl, Humane Society of the United States

    30/04/2013 Duración: 01h00s

    The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest and most effective animal protection organization. HSUS helps animals by advocating for better laws to protect them; conducting campaigns to reform industries; providing animal rescue and emergency response; investigating cases of animal cruelty; and caring for animals through their sanctuaries and wildlife rehabilitation centers, emergency shelters and clinics. ABOUT KATIE JARL As the Texas state director for The HSUS, Katie Jarl helps animals by working to pass animal welfare legislation, coordinating disaster and rescue response for animals in need, and engaging animal advocates to promote animal protection in the state. Previously, Jarl worked at The HSUS's headquarters in the public relations department, working closely with the animal fighting campaign. In that role, she worked to promote animal fighting legislation on both the federal and state levels, including a successful media relations campaign in Texas to pass stronger cockfightin

  • Interview: Kathleen Quinn, Pilots 'n' Paws

    23/04/2013 Duración: 59min

    Pilots N Paws. Doesn't that just have an awesome ring to it?  It gets even better. Pilots N Paws is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that connects volunteer pilots with shelter animals needing transport to forever homes across the country. While Pilots N Paws doesn't organize or arrange these transports, it does provide a common forum online for those involved to schedule and arrange flights, overnight foster care or shelter, and other related activites. The organization is officially based in Landrum, South Carolina, but has volunteers nationwide. ABOUT KATHLEEN QUINN Kathleen Quinn is executive director for Pilots N Paws. She has been volunteering with the organization since its launch in February 2008. In her new staff role, she will design, develop and implement strategic plans to grow Pilots N Paws, which includes a focus on fundraising and social media. A 2008 graduate of Miami University, Kathleen earned degrees in business, entrepreneurship, and American studies. She graduated from Georgetown Un

  • Interview: Zach Weismann, WildAid

    09/04/2013 Duración: 01h00s

    Zach Weismann serves as WildAid’s lead Wildlife Campaigner and Communications Manager. Over the past decade, WildAid has been the only organization to focus on eliminating the demand for endangered species products. With a pro-bono distribution network valued at over $200 million, WildAid leads some of the most cost effective media campaigns ever launched.  Zach is spearheading WildAid’s elephant and rhino campaigns, set to launch globally this year, while further developing WildAid’s highly successful shark campaign and partnerships, including a most recent joint effort with NBA Cares. Time working with the global accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in their international finance department, has afforded Zach a deep working knowledge of demand and markets, allowing him to help further WildAid’s economical approach to conservation. He served as the Vice Chairman of the Dallas Urban Forest Advisory Committee, working to urge local Dallas political leaders to invest and engage in environmental projects a

  • Interview: Adam M. Roberts, Born Free USA

    02/04/2013 Duración: 01h00s

    The Born Free Foundation was launched in England in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the legendary film Born Free. It has since become an international force in wildlife conservation and animal protection.  ABOUT ADAM M. ROBERTS Adam M. Roberts is executive vice president of Born Free USA and is based in Washington, DC. He helped found the organization in 2002 to bring the UK-based Born Free Foundation's message of compassionate conservation to the American public. Adam has significant expertise and over two decades of experience in international wildlife trade and captive wild animals. He serves on the board of directors of the Species Survival Network and is a founding member and current chairman of the board of Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. He has written over 50 articles for various publications around the world and is a frequent lecturer/speaker on issues concerning captive wild animals, compassionate conservation and the protection of all animals.  He is interviewed reg

  • Interview: Steven M. Wise, Nonhuman Rights Project

    26/03/2013 Duración: 59min

    Steven M. Wise is President of the Nonhuman Rights Project, Inc. He holds a J.D. from Boston University Law School and has practiced animal protection law for 30 years throughout the U.S.  Steve teaches “Animal Rights Jurisprudence” at the Vermont, Lewis and Clark, University of Miami, and St. Thomas Law Schools, and has taught “Animal Rights Law” at the Harvard Law School and John Marshall Law School. He is the author of 4 books: Rattling the Cage – Toward Legal Rights for Animals (2000), Drawing the Line – Science and the Case for Animal Rights (2003), Though the Heavens May Fall – The Landmark Trial That Led to the End of Human Slavery (2005), and An American Trilogy – Death, Slavery, and Dominion Along the Banks of the Cape Fear River (2009), and working on a 5th, a memoir about the Nonhuman Rights Project. His work for the legal rights of nonhuman animals was highlighted on Dateline NBC and was the subject of the documentary, A Legal Person. ABOUT THE NONHUMAN RIGHTS PROJECT The mission of the Nonhum

  • Interview: David McGuire, Sea Stewards

    19/03/2013 Duración: 01h00s

    A marine biologist and ocean advocate, David McGuire, MPH, is the founder of the Ocean Health and Shark Conservation nonprofit Sea Stewards. As a Research Associate of the Department of Aquatic Biology at the California Academy of Sciences, David is conducting a shark research program that includes population studies, movements and fisheries impacts.  As Captain, Dive Master and filmmaker, David has explored the oceans on numerous sailing voyages, producing media with an emphasis on ocean awareness. Educated in Marine Biology, he holds a masters degree in Environmental Health and has worked in education and public health at the University of California at Berkeley for over a decade. David is the writer, producer and underwater cinematographer of several award winning documentaries focusing on sharks. David recently  produced a new documentary on the sharks of San Francisco Bay and has recently worked as cameraman on feature films such as 180 South with Patagonia and A Beautiful Wave.  Through Sea Stewards

  • Interview: Jim & Jamie Dutcher, "The Hidden Life of Wolves

    12/03/2013 Duración: 59min

    For more than 20 years, Jim and Jamie Dutcher have focused their lives on the study and documentation of wolf behavior.  They’ve spoken to policymakers, ranchers, conservationists and the general public to better educate them about the true social nature of wolves and why they are so critical to maintaining healthy ecosystems. They also founded a nonprofit, Living With Wolves, which is dedicated to raising awareness about wolves and the threats to their survival. The Dutchers have worked tirelessly to dispel the ancient myths about wolves as well as modern day myths that portray reintroduced wolves as larger, more aggressive killers of livestock and even humans. Jim & Jamie Dutcher lived for years in a tented camp among a pack of wolves at the edge of Idaho’s Sawtooth Wilderness, intimately observing the social hierarchy and behavior of the now-famous Sawtooth Pack. Over time, the wolves became comfortable enough with the Dutchers to reveal social bonds and intimate behavior never before documented. Thes

  • Interview: Naomi Rose, Humane Society International

    05/03/2013 Duración: 01h00s

    Naomi Rose is senior scientist for Humane Society International (HSI), specializing in international marine mammal protection issues. Her areas of expertise include whaling, whale and dolphin watching and marine ecotourism, the dolphin-safe tuna label, marine sanctuaries, acoustic harassment, captive marine mammals (including swim-with-the-dolphin programs), the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and the sport hunting of polar bears, as well as the protection of walruses, seals, sea lions, manatees, dugongs and sea otters. A member of the International Whaling Commission's Scientific Committee, Rose has been invited to participate in subcommittees on environmental concerns and whale watching since 2000. She has co-edited the State of the Cetacean Environment Report since 2003 and is a member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy and Sigma Xi, the scientific research society.  Rose received a doctorate in biology—with a dissertation on the social dynamics of male orcas in British Columbia—from the University of Ca

  • Interview, David Kirby, Author of Death at SeaWorld

    18/12/2012 Duración: 01h00s

    ABOUT DAVID KIRBY DAVID KIRBY is the author of Evidence of Harm, which was a New York Times bestseller, winner of the 2005 Investigative Reporters and Editors award for best book, and a finalist for the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, and Animal Factory, an acclaimed investigation into the environmental impact of factory farms. His work has been featured on Anderson Cooper 360, O Magazine,, and many other outlets.  He lives in Brooklyn, New York and is available for interviews this summer.  Learn more about DEATH AT SEAWORLD on Facebook: ABOUT THE BOOK DEATH AT SEAWORLD (St. Martin’s Press; July 17, 2012; Hardcover) is a groundbreaking scientific examination that exposes the dark side of SeaWorld, America’s most beloved marine mammal park.  From the tragic death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010, to other, less-publicized violent incidents, journalist David Kirby puts these brutal animal-on-human attacks in context a

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