Jill Robinson, founder of Animals Asia Foundation

Jill Robinson–the founder and executive director of Animals Asia Foundation., a Hong Kong-based organization devoted to the welfare of wild and urban animals in Asia – recounts her initial experiences and observations about the treatment of animals in Asia upon relocating to Hong Kong from England in 1985.



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She also discusses going to work for the International Fund For Animal Welfare in those first few years, before founding Animals Asia – and how her first visit in 1993 to a bear farm changed her life and helped guide the pioneering path she forged in improving animal welfare on that continent. (She also describes how bear farming works and what it looks like, and explains how there are other – often medically-safer–substances available to substitute for the bile extracted from these bears.) Jill sounds multiple notes of optimism in noting that, over the years, there have been tremendous inroads in this regard across much of Asia, including that numerous other animal organizations have formed, helping shoulder the burden that Animals Asia had initially contended with on its own. (www.AnimalsAsia.org)

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MUSIC: Fleetwood Mac’s “Albatross,” The Dead Weather’s “I Cut Like A Buffalo,” 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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