In February a panicked zebra ran loose down a major Atlanta freeway at rush hour sustaining fatal injuries, the same month at Orlando's SeaWorld a whale trainer was dragged underwater to her death by a 12,000-lb killer whale, and this week in Mumbai an angry 56-year-old female elephant killed a man who entered her enclosure by picking him up with her trunk and slamming him into a wall.
From food production to circus acts to scientific stud, animals have a long and controversial history in the lives of humans who not only learn from studying their biology but what they in turn teach us about our own behaviors.
This week, Skepticality welcomes back Dr. Marc Bekoff, Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado who alongside Jane Goodall co-founded the organization "Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals". Dr. Bekoff discusses his book The Animal Manifesto: Six Reasons for Expanding Our Compassion Footprint citing supporting current scientific research to outline six guiding principles designed to increase awareness of the deplorable conditions animals experience across a broad spectrum of activities, and what those of us who are concerned can do to help.
Date -March 30th, 2010 read by Derek.
Sean Faircloth is the newest executive director of The Secular Coalition for America
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This week in Skeptic History with Tim Farley
David Irving v Penguin Books and Deborah Lipstadt was an English libel case
decided 10 years ago this month on April 11, 2000.
Another libel case important to skeptics is Simon Singh’s ongoing battle over
an article about chiropractic published in the Guardian on April 18, 2008.
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UK libel law has worldwide impact.
The Burned-over district in New York state was the source of many
19th century American religious movements including Mormonism,
the Millerites, the Shakers and Spiritualism.
A key date in the history of Mormonism was April 7, 1829 when
Joseph Smith & Oliver Cowdery began the final translation of the Book of Mormon
from metal plates allegedly given to Smith by an angel.
William Miller originally predicted the second coming of Christ would
occur between March 21, 1843 and March 21, 1844.
Spiritualism in the United States developed out the performances
of spirit mediums such as the Fox sisters, who first claimed to channel
the ghost of a murdered peddler on March 31, 1848.
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Today's guest is Dr. Marc Bekoff Professor Emeritus of Ecology and
Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Dr. Bekoff appeared on our program before to discuss his book Wild Justice.
Marc's new book is entitled The Animal Manifesto: Six Reasons for Expanding Our Compassion Footprint
Marc is also an ambassador for Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots program.
He cofounded the organization Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals:
Citizens for Responsible Animal Behavior Studies with Jane Goodall.
You can find out more about Dr. Bekoff at his website.