Defender Radio

Defender Radio is the world's top wildlife protection podcast. It is hosted by award-winning journalist Michael Howie and presented by The Fur-Bearers (thefurbearers.com).

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Defender Radio is the world's top wildlife protection podcast. It is hosted by award-winning journalist Michael Howie and presented by The Fur-Bearers (thefurbearers.com).
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-06-21 09:49
last episode published
2019-06-21 02:33
publication frequency
7.8 days
Contributors
The Fur-Bearers author   owner  
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Number of Episodes
269
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Science & Medicine Natural Sciences News & Politics Government & Organizations Non-Profit

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Episodes

Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
21.06.2019

BC's Black Bears Have a Human Problem

Bears are dying in British Columbia as spring turns to summer. I’d like to have a cute, chipper way of introducing this interview, but that’s the sad fact. Largely due to poor attractant management, bears wander into communities in search of easy meals...
13.06.2019

Celebrating Catios

Cats love to climb, jump, pounce, and play. Unfortunately, they often want to do this outside, where those skills help them kill wildlife and birds in large numbers and are exposed to innumerous risks to their well-being. It’s not fair to tell cats the...
29.05.2019

Charlotte Dawe: Crossroads for Caribou Conservation in BC

Mountain caribou are endangered in British Columbia. It’s a big deal: the federal government has threatened to intervene if plans aren’t put in place to protect them. One plan, worked on heavily by First Nations leaders, is receiving praise. But the pl...
The Fur-Bearers author
24.05.2019

Introducing The Young Defenders

The Fur-Bearers and Defender Radio are proud to announce the launch of a new project: The Young Defenders, a site and podcast to help youth Defend The Future Of Wildlife And The Environment Through Education, Communication and Kindness. Visit www.Young...
The Fur-Bearers author
16.05.2019

PJ Smith of HSUS on: Fur, Fashion and The Future

PJ is the Director of Fashion Policy at the Humane Society of the United States and has played a major role in getting big brands like Armani to drop fur and institute fur-free policies. We had a wonderful conversation about fur, policy, the historic c...
8.05.2019

The People Who Give A Dam: Protecting Beavers in Belleville

Defender Radio host Michael Howie spent four days in Belleville, Ontario, where a nearly year-long process to protect beavers after one was found in a trapped reached its conclusion. The interviews included in this episode were recorded in the field wi...
26.04.2019

100,000 Downloads Special Report

Host Michael Howie shares the news that Defender Radio has reached 100,000 downloads, and gets a surprise midway through recording! Support Defender Radio on Patreon: www.Patreon.com/DefenderRadio Sign up for The Fur-Bearers email updates: www.TheFurBe...
18.04.2019

Beyond Easter Bunnies with Ladybird Animal Sanctuary

It’s the Easter long weekend and you know what that means – bunnies, chicks and other little critters are being discussed, if not bought, as presents. But as many of you know, little animals aren’t just gifts, they’re sentient beings who are a lifetime...
11.04.2019

A Discussion On Non-Human Animal Suicide

Have you ever looked over at your dog and cat and wondered, “Are they happy?” If you’re like me, you probably have. But have you ever asked deeper questions, like are they fulfilled, how do they view themselves in relation to the world, and do they con...
4.04.2019

Canada’s Seals and Sea Lions: Under Siege East and West

The idea of a west coast seal and sea lion hunt or cull popped up earlier this year. It seemed a bit strange, but that perhaps there was some internal logic: killing seals and sea lions who eat fish could help the beleaguered transient and at risk Orca...
28.03.2019

Alberta Grizzlies Can Be Rehabilitated

The science is pretty straight forward when it comes to rehabilitating grizzly bears: it works, and they’re not more likely to come into conflict as a result of rehabilitation. But that hasn’t stopped the Alberta government from continuing to prevent q...
21.03.2019

Killing Animals to 'Save' Animals

If you read enough headlines about the environment and wildlife, it won’t be long until you see one like ‘kill wolves to protect endangered caribou.’ In simple terms, the suggested actions by some government-funded researchers or those with a vested in...
7.03.2019

John E. Marriott is Exposing the Cruelty of Snares

John E. Marriott has taken some of the most breathtaking photos of wildlife that I have ever seen. He’s the keynote speaker at The Fur-Bearers gala event including the Clements Awards on March 30, and he’s been a regular on Defender Radio sharing stori...
13.02.2019

Boss' Snare Story

Boss’ story is similar to many others we’ve heard this trapping season, but he was one of the few lucky ones. While on a walk with his guardian near his home in British Columbia, Boss was lured to a baited snare and became entangled. Fortunately, he wa...
6.02.2019

Remembering Titus

Not long ago, Kimberly Ross and her family lost their beloved companion Titus to a legally set snare. This episode features an emotional interview with Kimberly. If you are unable or choose not to listen, I understand – but I do ask that you click on t...
3.01.2019

Defender Radio's 2019 Kickoff Video

One year ago today, I spoke about hope in a video like this. It's been a long year, with loss and pain, but I know together we can make change for ourselves, and the world. Listen to Defender Radio: Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/d...
19.12.2018

The Bandit Who Gave Back Christmas

Reggie Raccoon is looking forward to a day of loot on December 25. Will his greed reign, or will the spirit of giving find its way into his heart?  The Bandit Who Gave Back Christmas was written by Marisa King, who also co-directed, and played the part...
5.12.2018

Know Your Rights While You Fight For Theirs

Protest and activism are a cornerstone of change, particularly in social issues. While our right to protest and speak are guaranteed by law in both Canada and the United States, some law enforcement agencies push back at those participating in protest ...
28.11.2018

Intolerable Cruelty: The Science Behind Snares and Strychnine

Before we get started, I want to put out a general advisory – in this episode we will be speaking in a matter-of-fact tone about the cruelty of snare traps and the poison strychnine. You will hear details about how these devices work and the devastatio...
21.11.2018

Capitalism and Conservation

The  World Wildlife Fund issued their bi-annual Living Planet report in late October, and it painted a dark reality: humanity has wiped out 60% of animal life on the planet since the 1970s, and that we are marching toward ecological disaster due to our...
14.11.2018

Animal Law: Funding, Frustrations, and Finding Solutions for Change

Changes at the OSPCA, concerns about an NGO being in law enforcement, and the importance of filing reports, complaints, and creating paper trails are discussed with Animal Justice Executive Director Camille Labchuk. Learn more about Animal Justice at w...
7.11.2018

Special Report: Recognizing and Preventing Bloat

If you follow host Michael Howie on social media, you’ll know that last week his dog JJ required emergency surgery for a critical, and unpredictable ailment. Fortunately, he knew how to identify this deadly illness and was able to get her to the Missis...
31.10.2018

Shifting Paradigms in Alberta

Wilderness, Wildlife and Human Interaction - Changing the Paradigm is being hosted by the Cochrane Ecological Institute at the Cochrane Ranchouse on November 10.  With an impressive lineup of speakers including scientists, advocates, and rehabilitators...
17.10.2018

Highs and Lows: Exploring the Impacts of Global Warming on Species’ Elevational Distributions

How are ecosystems responding to the warming of the planet? It’s a big question, and there isn’t a single answer. But specific questions are being asked to help build a better idea of what’s happening globally. Two such questions were asked by Dr. Ben ...
10.10.2018

The Advocate's Counsellor

CONTENT WARNING: trauma, anger, depression, anxiety, grief, and issues related to mental health today Liz Sinclair Ruth was a vegetarian at a young age. She went on to become a successful veterinarian, helping to literally save the lives of thousands o...
5.10.2018

#LiveWarm With Wuxly Movement

Wuxly Movement is the animal-free, made-in-Canada outerwear brand that animal lovers across Canada are raving about. Full disclosure – I myself have two of the jackets and they’re ridiculously warm and comfortable. Inspired to create a winter coat that...
2.10.2018

#StayWarm With Wuxly Movement

Wuxly Movement is the animal-free, made-in-Canada outerwear brand that animal lovers across Canada are raving about. Full disclosure – I myself have two of the jackets and they’re ridiculously warm and comfortable. Inspired to create a winter coat that...
28.09.2018

Conservation by Regulating Hunting

Those in consumptive wildlife activities – hunting and trapping – like to say that they’re responsible for conservation of many species. And, in some ways, they are. But there’s an important difference between the concept of hunting to conserve and reg...
25.09.2018

Conservation By Regulating Hunting (NEWS BRIEF EDITION)

Those in consumptive wildlife activities – hunting and trapping – like to say that they’re responsible for conservation of many species. And, in some ways, they are. But there’s an important difference between the concept of hunting to conserve and reg...
11.07.2018

Success or Failure: Measuring Predator Removal

Wildlife conflict is a major issue across Canada and around the world. As humans continue to alter landscapes, break down connectivity of ecosystems and attempt to control environments without consideration for the complex relationships between predato...
Michael Howie - Defender Radio author
9.07.2018

NEWS BRIEF - 533: Success or Failure: Measuring Predator Removal

Wildlife conflict is a major issue across Canada and around the world. As humans continue to alter landscapes, break down connectivity of ecosystems and attempt to control environments without consideration for the complex relationships between predato...
3.07.2018

532: End of Time and Other Bothers Episode 2!

What! Still not Defender Radio? That’s right, it’s the SECOND episode of The End of Time and Other Bothers. You can go back to an earlier episode and hear a full interview with the cast, creators, and myself and why I wanted to share this special show ...
3.07.2018

532: End of Time and Other Bothers Episode 1!

Hey – this isn’t Defender Radio! That’s right, it’s the first episode of The End of Time and Other Bothers. You can go back to an earlier episode and hear a full interview with the cast, creators, and myself and why I wanted to share this special show ...
3.07.2018

The End of Time and Other Bothers (Mike's Geeky Birthday Episode)

It’s my birthday! Well, it’s my birthday week. And since everyone has to do what I say for the rest of the week, we’re going to take a step away from the usual topics we cover on Defender Radio. Don’t worry – I have an awesome interview with Robert Len...
28.06.2018

Getting To Know The Humane Education Coalition

Humane education is pretty awesome – we can all agree on that, right? But what exactly humane education looks like, how it’s delivered, and even what the goals are can be different from person to person, and organization to organization. I was very for...
25.06.2018

NEWS BRIEF - 531: Getting To Know The Humane Education Coalition

Humane education is pretty awesome – we can all agree on that, right? But what exactly humane education looks like, how it’s delivered, and even what the goals are can be different from person to person, and organization to organization. I was very for...
14.06.2018

Bryce Casavant On Co-existing With Cougars

Cougars have been in the news recently, particularly in British Columbia. Conflict with Canada’s big cats isn’t overly common, but when cougars end up in communities, lethal action seems to be the first response. And that’s why we called up Bryce Casav...
11.06.2018

NEWS BRIEF: 530 - Bryce Casavant On Co-existing With Cougars

Cougars have been in the news recently, particularly in British Columbia. Conflict with Canada’s big cats isn’t overly common, but when cougars end up in communities, lethal action seems to be the first response. And that’s why we called up Bryce Casav...
30.05.2018

Dr. Anna Zakrisson On (breaking out of our echo chambers, the use of magic science wands, serving science by stealth) Her Imaginarium

Science literacy is growing more important by the day – particularly for advocates looking to make change in the lives of animals and the environment. But between complex, academic papers, bureaucrats and others who don’t fully explain theories or prov...
28.05.2018

NEWS BRIEF - 529: Dr. Anna Zakrisson On (breaking out of our echo chambers, the use of magic science wands, serving science by stealth) Her Imaginarium

Science literacy is growing more important by the day – particularly for advocates looking to make change in the lives of animals and the environment. But between complex, academic papers, bureaucrats and others who don’t fully explain theories or prov...
24.05.2018

On Oiled Wildlife

It’s just about impossible to be Canadian and not hear about pipelines, oil, tankers, and other environmental and political hot potatoes in British Columbia and Alberta. But in much of the debates, regardless of which side you fall on, there is one ele...
22.05.2018

NEWS BRIEF: On Oiled Wildlife

It’s just about impossible to be Canadian and not hear about pipelines, oil, tankers, and other environmental and political hot potatoes in British Columbia and Alberta. But in much of the debates, regardless of which side you fall on, there is one ele...
16.05.2018

New Evidence Puts A Target On Predator Bounties

A hint of anger or disgust can be heard when conversation turns to wolves and coyotes in some communities – particularly those where managing livestock pays the bills. A long-held belief in many regions of the world – including many parts of Canada – i...
14.05.2018

NEWS BRIEF: 527 - New Evidence Puts A Target On Predator Bounties

A hint of anger or disgust can be heard when conversation turns to wolves and coyotes in some communities – particularly those where managing livestock pays the bills. A long-held belief in many regions of the world – including many parts of Canada – i...
10.05.2018

Dr. Max Foran On The Subjugation of Canadian Wildlife

Dr. Max Foran is no stranger to telling Canada’s stories: he’s written dozens of books and articles on subjects ranging from urban sprawl to international trade of historic Alberta. But in his latest project, he takes on a subject steeped in philosophy...
7.05.2018

NEWS BRIEF - 526: Dr. Max Foran On The Subjugation of Canadian Wildlife

Dr. Max Foran is no stranger to telling Canada’s stories: he’s written dozens of books and articles on subjects ranging from urban sprawl to international trade of historic Alberta. But in his latest project, he takes on a subject steeped in philosophy...
2.05.2018

Podcasts With Park Rangers

There are 417 national Parks and historic sites in the United States National Park system, visited by more than 275 million people every year. Among those numbers is a power couple doing something pretty awesome. Sarah and Lucas Villa-Kainec want to vi...
30.04.2018

Podcasts With Park Rangers

Sarah and Lucas Villa-Kainec want to visit each and every park and site in the national park system – and along the way, they want to share the stories of these remarkable places. But they don’t want to write another travel guide, they want the real st...
26.04.2018

Getting Schooled on Canada's Commercial Seal Hunt

The East coast seal hunt has started in Canada, and with it a fierce public relations campaign from two sides: those who support the seal hunt, and those who oppose it. While the facts are available there are groups and individuals who pass on misinfor...
23.04.2018

NEWS BRIEF - 524: Getting Schooled on Canada’s Commercial Seal Hunt

The East coast seal hunt has started in Canada, and with it, a fierce public relations campaign from two sides: those who support the seal hunt, and those who oppose it. While the facts are available there are groups and individuals who pass on misinfo...