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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Helping Sea Turtles in Indonesia and more - in conversation with Kurt Amsler


Underwater photographer, author and filmmaker Kurt Amsler has been on many expeditions all around the world and apart from highlighting the beauty of the ocean and its creatures, he soon became aware of the many problems many species are facing and he has become a great voice for animals and uses his fame to highlight and campaign against the wrongdoings in many countries.On WILD TIME Kurt talks mainly about the Sea Turtles in Indonesia and elsewhere and about the non-profit organisation SOS Seaturtles he founded in 1985. He gets into the nitty gritty of things and gives clear advise on what to do to help the endangered sea turtles.

Of course the conversation also touches on sharks, feature-length documentaries and more.

SOS Seaturtles
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

PROMAR - helping dolphins, whales and sea turtles in Spain

In the early 90′s, a group of people began to assist with dolphin, whale and sea turtle strandings that occured in the west of Almeria, Spain. They later extended this support network to the whole province and in 2001, PROMAR Almeria was born.

PROMAR runs through coordination between the technical team and Veterinary Stranding Network and the various agencies with responsibilities related to the sea or of the province.PROMAR’s philosophy is mutual cooperation between all entities and individuals working on behalf of the marine fauna, both domestically and internationally.One of their most publicised cases is the case of Marcos the dolphin. Tonight we welcome back Maria Heidemann, long-time dolphin supprter, who tells us all about Promar and Marcos.


Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Dark Side Of Spain

One of the world’s top tourist destinations Spain attracts a large amount of people to its shores every year to delight in the sun and dip their feet into the water and enjoy hanging around the beaches and more. But there is a darker, more sinister side to Spain as animal cruelty is ripe and attitudes towards animals vary from indifference to downright harmful, While acknowledging that there are good people in Span, too we nontheless have to pay attention to the fact that the animals of Spain need help.

British born Spain resident Vivienne Warton is the president of ACTIN – SPAIN, whose aim is to help end animal cruelty and abandonment by setting up an education and neutering programme in poor and rural areas of Spain. Furthermore they are also looking to find the best ways to introduce education of the general care and welfare of all animals in Spain.

WILD TIME's Thomas Janak talked to Vivienne about her work and what is happening in Spain.


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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Speciesism - the movie and the topic. In conversation with Mark Devries

Modern farms have been struggling to keep a secret. Most of the animals used for food in the United States are raised in giant, bizarre factories, hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside. We set out to investigate.  Speciesism: The Movie takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these factories, flying in airplanes above their bizarre “manure lagoons,” and coming face-to-face with their owners. WILD TIME’s Thomas Janak talks with filmdirector Mark devries about the documentary and all its facets bluntly and in-depth.


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Bulgaria - where stray animals are often seen as vermin

“Animals don’t feel pain, they’re vermin … “ is just one of the things that people in Bulgaria have been told all their lives and both the state as well as the media are actively encouriging cruelty and hatred towards stray animals. Indeed, caring for companian animals is so new in Bulgaria that many vets there so far lack the necessary skills to treat them.How do we know all this? – Well, we talked to a courageous lady who is determined to make a difference for animals in Eastern Europe:

Michelle Jones is co-founder of the K9 Rescue international rescue charity focused on making a difference to the treatment of dogs in Eastern Europe. After moving to Bulgaria in 2005, she soon became heavily involved in rescuing sick and injured street dogs and puppies, re-homing them both locally in Bulgaria and elsewhere in Europe and beyond. She then decided to form K9 Rescue in 2012 to focus on her passion of empowering local independent rescuers, and grass-roots charities developing their animal welfare skills through encouragement and training and this is one of the missions of K9 Rescue today.


Visit K9 Rescue here