Dr. Armaiti May, a vegan veterinarian based in the Los Angeles area

Dr. Armaiti May–a vegan veterinarian based in the West Los Angeles area, and whose practice involves making house calls–discusses her formative years as a kid drawn to animals and looking after injured or sick ones, as well as being raised a vegetarian.

 

 

 

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She also traces her path from there to embracing a vegan lifestyle, attending veterinary school at UC Davis and some of the challenges posed in vet school for a vegan-animal rights advocate (including certain surgical training), noting that her advice to aspiring vet students includes not disclosing they are a vegan-&/or animal rights advocate in the application or interview process, unless applying to an especially progressive school. She also described the philosophical factions that can form among veterinarians; for example she and other like-minded vets refuse to perform the feline declawing surgery, whereas other vets have no reluctance, just as she and other vegan vets are willing to help guide dog & cat patients onto a vegan diet if their humans prefer, whereas some vets feel this can pose health risks for those animals. She also recounts some of her efforts–and perspective–as a very active animal advocate, who regularly performs vegan outreach in Southern California, while also providing some details of a forthcoming speaking tour in Florida. (www.VeganVet.net)

ALSO: We spoke briefly with Lynda Sheehan, founder of Gulfport’s Get Rescued, who discussed the history and evolution of the annual event (held this year on Feb. 26), which now also includes a nighttime component called Get Rescued Celebration. (www.GulfportMA.com)

COMEDY CORNER: Jeff Wayne’s “The Wolf, The Bear And the Alligator” (www.JeffWayne.com)

MUSIC:They Might Be Giant’s “I Am A Paleontologist,” Sandy Atkinson’s “Talkin To The Animals,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE:Genesis’ “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway”

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About the author
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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