Jennifer Chatfield, animal safety monitor

Jennifer Chatfield—an animal safety monitor with Movie Animals Protected—traces her history of loving and caring for animals, extending back to her childhood and into young adulthood, when she worked as a racehorse groom. JenniferC1She recounts how, after deciding to leave the horse racing world behind, she began her career as an animal keeper at the Los Angeles Zoo: it began with a gorilla named Caesar, with whom she forged a long, singular relationship—her tenure at the Zoo spanned 30 years, much of which was devoted to caring for gorillas, though she ultimately worked with a wide array of species. After retiring from the Zoo, Chatfield explains, she put in a three-year stint with the American Humane Association’s L.A.-based Film & TV Unit, the controversial and often-criticized enterprise known for conferring the “no animals were harmed” phrase in the end credits of movies or TV shows. Responding in part to a website+logo++3summary of the 2014 Hollywood Reporter expose—calling attention not just to lapses in reporting onset animal injuries by AHA employees, but also noting they systematically hid animal deaths to preserve relationships with powerful Hollywood producers—Chatfield describes how Movie Animals Protected, a new entity and AHA competitor, seeks to employ a different approach to monitoring the safety and humane treatment of on-set animals (

ALSO: We spoke briefly with Dr. Will Tuttle, educator, speaker, author of “The World Peace Diet: Eating For Spiritual Health And Social Harmony”—and past guest on “Talking Animals”—about the lectures he was slated to deliver in the coming days in Tampa, Sarasota and Clearwater. It.” (

COMEDY CORNER: Andy Ritchie “Balthazar” (

MUSIC: Rebekah Pulley’s “Talking Animals Theme,” Dandelion Collective’s “The Bear Who Wanted To Fly,” instrumentals

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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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