Now You Know with Kathryn and Gen
Summary: We provide celebrities with little known cutting-edge information—obtained by us interviewing top experts in the field—regarding animals and the environment and challenge them to give a shout out to the public with a simple message of change. Now You Know is focused on underscoring the inextricable link between animal welfare, environmentalism and social justice.
In this episode, we underscore the dire welfare issues of keeping whales and dolphins in captivity, and highlight the miseducation that occurs when visitors see these majestic, social and incredibly intelligent, sentient mammals in the confines of captivity. As Kathryn stated to the Canadian Senate Committee, “nothing can justify the continuation of this activity – not scientific research, human entertainment, nor education.” Listen as Dr. Naomi Rose, marine mammal scientist of the Animal Welfare Institute, member of the International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee, and author/co-author of more than 35 scientific papers, outlines how this practice is antiquated, anti-conservationist and inhumane. Dr. Rose directs us as to how we can best help get an end to this practice. Next, join us in our mission to reach English singer/songwriter and actor Harry Styles, a well-known anti-captivity advocate, to help us spread the word that we must be putting pressure on aquariums to change, by no longer housing these amazing animals at their parks, and furthermore, we need to speak out to elected officials and let them know our governments have a responsibility to put an end to this practice. Our message of change: Express your displeasure with facilities that house whales and dolphins!
In this episode, we call out Canada Goose for their misleading and arguably illegal claims about their humane treatment of coyotes and geese used in the making of their winter coat products. Listen as powerhouse animal rights lawyer Camille Labchuk of Animal Justice describes the horrific and unacceptable conditions these animals are forced to endure, all under the brand that is marketed to be distinctly Canadian. Canadians have had enough of this! Next come with us on our journey to reach Montreal native celebrity football player and medical school graduate, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, to ask for his help in spreading the message that we all need to think about what’s inside our winter coats, and to buy animal friendly alternatives to fur and feathers. Want to go a step farther? Write to Canada Goose and let them know as a consumer you demand that they move out of the fur and feathers business and instead begin using synthetic alternatives. If you already own one of their coats, why not make a home-made patch to cover their label that says: Now We Know to voice your resistance and let others know if you had known the truth about their treatment of animals, you would have made a different choice. Our message for Laurent to spread: Choose cruelty free alternatives to fur and feathers when you buy your winter coat!