Stacey Coleman, Executive Director, Animal Farm Foundation

Stacey Coleman–Executive Director of Animal Farm Foundation, a New York-based not-for-profit corporation whose mission statement indicates that the organization is chiefly concerned with securing equal treatment and opportunity for “pit bull” dogs–discusses the history and evolution of the Animal Farm Foundation, including how its focus came to be “pit bull” dogs.

She explains that among its key objectives–including rescuing and adopting out the dogs, and making grants to other humane organization–the Animal Farm Foundation seeks to educate about “pit bull” dogs, in order to reduce the discrimination against the dogs; particularly given that “pit bull” is no longer a meaningful term, no longer truly describes a specific dog–but now refers to many different pure breeds of dogs, along with any mixed breed dog that displays certain physical characteristics. Toward that end, Coleman runs down the most common myths associated with these dogs and refutes them. She also responds to the then-recent vote to retain the 23-year-old ban on “pit bull” dogs in Miami-Dade county, and a listener question about such breed discrimination legislation. (,

ALSO: We had a brief conversation with Joan Zacharias, about the looming attempt to outlaw TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) in Hillsborough County–which has surprised many people for all kinds of reasons, not least that TNR is widely considered the longstanding, favored method for humanely controlling the feral cat population, and helping to reduce the number of cats euthanized in shelters. Zacharias discusses this anti-TNR effort, who may be behind it and why, the petition intended to halt the effort, and more. (,

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COMEDY CORNER: Bill Burr’s “Pitbull” (portion) (

MUSIC: Lee Rocker’s “Swing Cat Stomp,” Devo’s “Don’t Roof Rack Me, Bro,” 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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