Jodi Chemes & Nikki Benoit–members of Florida Voices For Animals

Jodi Chemes (pictured with a bovine buddy) & Nikki Benoit–members of Florida Voices For Animals, a Tampa-based organization devoted to educating the public about a host of animal issues and fostering compassionate choices–discuss the history and evolution of FVA, how and why increasing awareness about factory farming became FVA’s chief objective (cruelty to animals, environmental impact, personal health, etc.), the related multiple virtues of a vegan diet, take calls from carnivores wondering where locally to buy chicken and meat processed more humanely than factory farming products, provide educational resources and websites (including & while noting all the types of information, links and contact details on their own website. []

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COMEDY CORNER: Tom Papa’s “Pet People” (
MUSIC: Rainstick Orchestra’s “Waltz For A Little Bird,” Daniel Lanois’ “Moondog,” instrumentals
NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Bent Fabric’s “Alley Cat”

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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