Anthony Damiano, president of Alliance for Earth, Life, Liberty & Advocacy (AELLA)

Anthony Damiano—president and co-founder of the Alliance for Earth, Life, Liberty & Advocacy (AELLA), an environmental, animal and human rights organization—discusses his childhood and formative years as an activist, launched when he began writing about environmental issues. 895e1beab765db9b8f5257984ceec0d4aella-web10002He recalls an experience more than a decade ago, observing an isolated beluga whale pushing around a beach ball at SeaWorld, as a pivotal moment that crystalized his feelings about animal exploitation (as did working with birds) and helped formulate the broad yet integrated perspective about the welfare of animals—both human and nonhuman animals—that would become a guiding tenet of AELLA. On a very related note, Damiano notes the staggering impact that animal agriculture (including the billions of cows on the planet) has on the environment, one day after the White House released a significant report, the National Climate Assessment, indicating that climate change is real, it’s here and it’s already having significant impact. Also in the conversation Damiano addresses an ongoing, major AELLA campaign,—the initiative wesitebannerscshi5-1024x308-2was founded in 2008 by Marla Stormwolf Patty, co-founder of AELLA–striving through legislation and other means to end the production, sale and consumption of crush videos, a brand of pornography that represents the horrid collision of animal cruelty and human depravity. (,,,

COMEDY CORNER: Jim Gaffigan’s “Whales” (portion) (

MUSIC: Rebekah Pulley’s “Talking Animals Theme,” Good Graeff’s “White Horses,”  Victor Wainwright and the Wildroots’ “Big Dog’s Running This Town,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Duran Duran “Hungry Like The Wolf”


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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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