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Rick Chaboudy, co-founder of Suncoast Animal League

Rick Chaboudy—the co-founder and executive director of Suncoast Animal League, the Palm Harbor-based animal welfare organization/shelter that is distinct by virtue of caring for both domestic animals and wildlife—traces the history of his long career working in animal welfare in the Tampa Bay area, going back even before he spent 20-plus years as executive director of the Humane Society of Pinellas (previously called Clearwater SPCA). Read more…

Tampa Bay Veg Fest: Former & original organizers, plus keynote speaker Grey

On this edition of the show, we reconfigured the regular format a bit, so as to accommodate taking a good look—from a couple of angles—at the Tampa Bay Veg Fest (TBVF), set this year for Nov. 9 at Perry Harvey Sr. Park. Read more…

Peter Jay Brown, filmmaker of “Eco-Terrorist: The Battle For Our Planet”

Peter Jay Brown—filmmaker and crew member of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society for upwards of 40 years, whose new documentary is “Eco-Terrorist: The Battle For Our Planet”—recounts the beginning of the affiliation, being sent to cover Sea Shepherd and its founder, Paul Watson, as a producer-director with the early-80s George Schlatter-produced reality series, “Real People.” Read more…

Stephen Bennett, founder of Suncoast Organized Animal Relief (SOAR)

Stephen Bennett—the founder and executive director of Suncoast Organized Animal Relief, or SOAR, which pursues a mission that involves an unusually broad portfolio of objectives, including providing funding and assistance, and pet food to other animal organizations—recounts growing up in Ithica, NY in a home where pets weren’t allowed, but later on, deeper into adulthood, he made up for lost time, at one point having four dogs and four cats. Read more…

Arin Greenwood, ALDF Senior Writer, ex-animal journalist, author of animal-oriented novels

Arin Greenwood is a “Talking Animals” favorite and a friend of the show. She’s also currently Senior Writer at the Animal Legal Defense Fund, formerly animal journalist extraordinaire—she was the animal welfare editor at The Huffington Post, and a regular contributor to The Washington Post, The Today Show website, and The Dodo, among others. Read more…