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Captain Paul Watson, founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Captain Paul Watson—the founder, president, and executive director of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the marine conservation organization he launched in 1977, and whose profile rose dramatically in the wake of the Animal Planet series “Whale Wars”—discusses his recent period of exile in France, and the international legal troubles that led to it. Read more…

Sy Montgomery, author of numerous books, most recently, “How to Be A Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals”

Sy Montgomery—the author of numerous acclaimed books about animals, including bestsellers “The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood” and “The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness”—discusses the inspiration for her new book, a departure from the others, in that it’s an autobiography, though with a suitably Sy twist: “How to Be A Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals.” Read more…

Kinky Friedman, songwriter-satirist-animal rescuer

Kinky Friedman—the singer-songwriter-author-satirist-animal rescuer and veteran cigar-chomping wag—describes how his longtime friend and sometimes advisor Willie Nelson, upon hearing in a 3am phone call that Friedman was watching “Matlock,” decided his friend was in the throes of depression, and admonished Kinky to start writing songs. Read more…

Marco Adda, canine researcher, dog trainer, behaviorist

Marco Adda—part of a team of researchers who conducted a recently-published study of so-called “free-ranging dogs” and pet dogs in Bali, Indonesia—recalls his early years, including being born in Milan, and growing up in Naples, where there were packs of stray dogs. Read more…

Cameron O’Steen, photographer-founder of the Yoga Animalia Project

Cameron O’Steen—a photographer who created the Yoga Animalia Project, which involves traveling to farm animal sanctuaries across the country, and shooting portraits of the animal residents there—recalls his earliest experiences with farmed animals, as a kid growing up on his grandparents’ ranch, north of Los Angeles. Read more…