Michael Mountain, previously the president and co-founder of Best Friends Animal Society

Michael Mountain, previously the president (he was also a co-founder) of Best Friends Animal Society, discusses his new venture as co-founder and editor-in-chief of Zoe, a newly-launched online news magazine.




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Michael Mountain, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Zoe, an “online news magazine for people who care about the animals, nature and our planet,” discusses the genesis and chief objectives of this new venture, partly through the prism of his previous experience as president (and a co-founder) of Best Friends Animal Society, which operates what’s widely considered the country’s largest animal sanctuary for domestic animals in Kanab, Utah. Beyond Zoe presenting articles and editorials on an enormous array of animal, nature and environmental topics, Michael explained that it also plans to produce projects and campaigns, such as StubbyDog, which seeks to rehabilitate the image of pitbulls–give the breed a good name, as it were. Michael also addressed some of his editorials, including those dealing with Michael Vick (and why he believes Vick is, so far, ineligible for the tale of redemption many are trying to script for him) and three instances of President Obama’s blind spots in the realm of animal welfare. (www.ZoeNature.org, www.StubbyDog.org)

ALSO: We spoke briefly with Jim Jablon of Wildlife Rehabilitation of Hernando County–who, as a gambit to raise awareness and funds for his facility–pledged to spend the month of January in the lion enclosure, with two lions, Ed & Lea. (www.WROHFlorida.org)

COMEDY CORNER: Ellen DeGeneres’ “Bird Mating” (www.Ellen.WarnerBros.com)

MUSIC: Franz Ferdinand’s “The Lobster Quadrille,” The Bevans’ “Panting Dogs,” The Neville Brothers’ version of “Fly Like An Eagle,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE:The Beatles’ “I Am The Walrus”

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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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