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Off the Leash Podcast Episode Eight

After the surprise by-election result at Chesham and Amersham, in our eighth episode Dominic discusses whether there is still a need for HS2 and the impact of loosening housing development controls. We highlight the new Australian trade deal and the animals at the heart of it. Our first guest audio comes from Philip Lymbery, CEO of Compassion in World Farming, who puts the case for ‘cultured meat’. Charlie talks about intensive agriculture and biodiversity loss, and whether people are ready for lab meat. In Hero and Villian, we first hear from Vanessa Williams-Grey, Policy Manager at Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), on the shameful Norwegian Minke whale sound experiments, before Charlie nominates Jane Stevenson MP as Hero of the Week for her work on glue traps and Dominic thanks First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford for shutting the door on a Welsh badger cull. For our villains, Charlie slates the JNCC for potentially removing protection from Common Toads and Adders, and Dominic spanks Mark Zuckerberg for hunting wild boar while not doing enough to stop illegal wildlife trade on Facebook. Finally we outline our ideas for ‘Guests Off the Leash’ and thank Twitter use ‘Me’ for their supportive words on social media.

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Off the Leash Podcast Episode Five

In our fifth episode we begin by discussing the two Brown Bears shot at Whipsnade Zoo after escaping from their enclosure and a new Born Free report looking at which species are kept by zoos. Dominic talks about the latest on the so-called badger cull. Charlie looks at the UK’s biodiversity crisis in the light of a new report from the RSPB using data from the Natural History Museum. In ‘Hero and Villian’ we both praise Lisa Marley (who also provides this week’s pre-record) and her excellent new podcast series ‘Crimes Against Nature’. Dominic’s villain this week is Norway’s government for their plans to capture Minke Whales and torture them with sound experiments, Charlie’s villains are the shooting lobbyists who have endlessly delayed replacing lead shot instead of dumping it into the environment. In ’60 Second Sell’ we flag up two important petitions (‘Ban the Sale of Artificial Grass’ and ‘Ask the EU to recognise animal sentience’) and finally we announce our plans to open up the Off the Leash Podcasts website as a ‘community bulletin board’.

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Off the Leash Podcast Episode Four

We begin by discussing Tuk’s Law, a remarkable campaign that has made it mandatory for vets to check dogs and cats for microchips before considering euthanasia. Dominic makes a striking argument about measures to control the Covid-19 pandemic and measures to control Bovine TB. We reflect on the future of Environment Minister George Eustice, and look at how businesses might buy upland peat moors as part of a strategy to bring their carbon balance sheets down to net-zero. In ‘Hero and Villian’ we praise Hugh Warwick (aka Hedgehog Hugh, who also provides a pre-record on his petition to ensure new builds include hedgehog highways) and Sue Williams and Dawn Ashley the joint founders of the Tuk’s Law campaign, and we turn our ire on Bayer (the manufacturer of RoundUp, because ‘weeds’ are wild flowers) and on coffee chains for using disposable cups again. In ’60 Second Sell’ we flag up two important petitions (for Mini’s Law and a Call for Nature’s Recovery by 2030) and look forward to Virginia McKenna’s online ninetieth birthday party.

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Off the Leash Podcast Episode Three

In our third episode we begin by discussing the Queen’s Speech and potential advances for animal welfare (including animal sentience, hare coursing, foie gras) and what was left out (the badger cull, the fishing industry, a commitment to ban snares). We look at trophy hunting (with a pre-record from Eduardo Goncalves, founder of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting) and deer shooting at English Heritage’s Wrest Park (kudos Bedfordshire Against Trophy Hunting fo that story). We discuss whether Jonathan Seed, the Conservative’s candidate for Wiltshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, should have ever been put forward. We take a long look at grouse moor lobby group C4PMC and supply a long list of wildlife crime/raptor persecution to counter their propaganda. In ‘Hero and Villian’ we praise both Dr Paula Kahumbu and the individuals who worked to return a Minke Whale to the sea, and return to Jonathan Seed as our villain of the week. In ’60 Second Sell’ we flag up Salford Wildlife, Colin Marshall of livingworldeducation.com, Nicky Campbell’s podcast (which Dominic guested on), and the Animal Welfare Party.

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We have branding…

All podcasts need (so we’re reliably informed) a visually striking ‘brand identity’. Well, we’ve been working with Jonathan Shortt of Shortt Designs on branding and social media for Off The Leash and we’re absolutely delighted with the result. Jonathan mocked up several colour schemes and designs, and we suggested the three-word ‘hook’ and supplied the photographs that he then drew the caricatures from (which have shaved a few years off our admittedly more ‘lived-in’ faces but that’s artistic licence and we’re not complaining). We think it’s visually engaging and makes it very clear (in the space available) what the podcast is all about. Any comments or thoughts?

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Off the Leash Podcast Episode Two

In our second episode we discuss South Africa’s decision to close down the ‘canned lion’ industry and the suffering uncovered at P&G Sleigh Pig Unit in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. In ’60 Second Sell’ we flag up Mary Colwell’s latest book ‘Beak, Tooth and Claw: Living with Predators in Britain’ and the WRATH 2021 March For Wildlife in Birmingham. In ‘Hero and Villain’ we say Happy Birthday to the nation’s favourite 60-year-old naturalist, and both us and guest Alan Davies go to town on the chainsaw-wielding criminal who destroyed an Osprey nesting platform (additionally we discuss statutory agencies that dish out licences to kill fish-eating birds to protect fisheries). And for our good news story we discuss the Co-op’s radical decision to cut the cost of their plant-based foods to match the price of its meat products.

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