Brian May–Queen guitarist

Brian May–the Queen guitarist who’s so hugely into animals and animal welfare that he launched his own animal protection campaign (Save Me, after the Queen song), and received a prestigious Animal Action Award Oct. 18 in recognition for his work on behalf of animals from the International Fund For Animal Welfare; he also holds a PhD in astrophysics–discusses his path into animal advocacy.



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He also addresses the particular challenges of working against fox hunting and its deeply ingrained tradition, including the personal attacks this work and other high-profile animal welfare efforts have elicited. On a related note, he outlined the key components of the controversy surrounding the proposed badger cull being considered in Britain, as a way to eradicate bovine tuberculosis. He also fielded a few listener phone calls, which tended to reflect more interest in Queen issues than animal issues. (,

COMEDY CORNER: Paul F. Tompkins’ “Alternative Pets” (

MUSIC: Miles Davis’ version of “Bye Bye Blackbird,” The Dead Milkmen’s “The Badger Song,” instrumentals


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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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