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April Goodwin, attorney & founder of The Goodwin Firm

April Goodwin—an attorney and founder of Largo-based The Goodwin Firm, a law firm specializing in pet law services—recalls what animals meant to her growing up in a small town in Western Ohio. Read more…

Emily McCormack, Animal Curator at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Emily McCormack—the Animal Curator at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR), a sanctuary in Eureka Springs, Arkansas housing 94 animals (mostly big cats, plus bears)—recalls being infatuated with tigers since childhood, telling her parents at age 10 or 12 that she intended to save them. Read more…

Katrina Shadix, founder of Bear Warriors United

Katrina Shadix—founder and executive director of Bear Warriors United (BWU), whose stated mission is to preserve and protect bears, and all of Florida’s natural resources and wildlife, and in carrying out that mission, engages in an array of advocacy and educational efforts—recounts her lifelong love of animals, growing up in rural Florida, a second-generation Floridian. Read more…

Katherine McGill & Kate MacFall: discussing proposed changes to Florida’s trapping regulations

Katherine McGill (who runs 411 Wildlife Solutions, a humane wildlife control company) and Kate MacFall (Florida State Director for The Humane Society of the United States)–both of whom bring considerable expertise to this discussion of proposed changes to Florida’s trapping regulations—start by addressing a fundamental question: Why do people trap? Read more…

Kimberly Carroll, Toronto-based animal activist, leader, and consultant

Kimberly Carroll— a veteran Toronto-based animal activist, leader, and consultant—recalls growing up in Manitoba, a sensitive child with a precocious connection to animals, yet like her family members and most fellow Manitobans, she was also an enthusiastic meat eater. Read more…