Pat Derby–co-founder of The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Pat Derby–co-founder of The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), which operates three animal sanctuaries in Northern California, among them the 2300-acre ARK 2000, where upwards of a dozen elephants live–discusses the needs of and challenges faced by captive elephants; indicates that her view of elephants in zoos isn’t inherently one of opposition but involves a case-by-case examination of that particular zoo, its personnel and treatment of the elephants and techniques for training them; addresses, by contrast, her absolutely unequivocal antipathy toward the use of elephants in circuses, as well as her/PAWS’ attendant philosophical tenet that no animal should be forced into any type of performing situation. []

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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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