June 18, 2020
How to keep bears and people safe while having fun in bear country, featuring the North Shore Black Bear Society!
June 5, 2020
I have no words this week. There is nothing I can say that will soften the hurt facing people in North America, and particularly Indigenous peoples and people of colour. This is not the time for my voice. Now is the time for the voice of those who must be heard. This week, instead of Defender Radio, which will return next week with two new interviews, I hope you will join me in listening to podcasts created by Indigenous peoples and people of colour.
May 29, 2020
Lesley Sampson of Coyote Watch Canada answers audience questions on this episode of the Defender Radio Podcast!
May 22, 2020
Tom Beggs, a research scientist with Faunalytics, joined Defender Radio last week to discuss general information about coronavirus and animal advocacy in the time of coronavirus, as well as the results and analysis of a fascinating US poll regarding public knowledge on coronavirus and its animal links.
February 28, 2020
COVID-19 emerged due to intensive animal agriculture and wildlife trade. It wasn’t the first, and it won’t be the last unless we make worldwide changes.
February 21, 2020
Report by Wilderness Committee shows mountain caribou have lost more habitat than what's needed for their survival.
February 6, 2020
Ecotourism keeps visitors – and the animals they’re viewing – happy and healthy. Hear more about ethical, sustainable and successful ecotourism from Eric Boyum of Ocean Adventures on the Defender Radio podcast!
January 23, 2020
Spring black bear hunt doesn’t solve conflict, orphans cubs and isn’t a major part of Northern Ontario’s tourism. Hear more from Mike McIntosh of Bear With Us Sanctuary and Rehabilitation Centre on this week’s podcast. TAKE ACTION:
January 10, 2020
Ontario legislation targets advocates, not animal abusers. Animal Justice joins the show to discuss Bill 156 as well as the new animal welfare laws introduced to replace the OSPCA’s enforcement role.
December 4, 2019
The Fur-Bearers are re-applying for charitable status and need your help!
November 22, 2019
Bryce Casavant joins the Defender Radio Podcast to explore effective communication regarding complaints, Freedom of Information and more for wildlife advocates and community members.
November 1, 2019
Tim Gordon shares why he and colleagues wrote a paper challenging the status quo for researchers’ mental health in the era of a climate crisis.
October 25, 2019
Luci Cadman of North Shore Black Bear Society explains how people can help keep bears safe as they prepare for hibernation.
October 18, 2019
Lisa Dahlseide joins to discuss November 2, 2019 event in Cochrane, Alberta.
October 10, 2019
Through a variety of storytelling methods – including founder Jo-Anne McArthur’s incredible photography and photojournalism – We Animals Media is a home for a catalogue accessible to traditional media, advocates, and everyone in between. It’s also the site of exciting new projects – like a We Animals masterclass, book sales, mentorships, and really, more than I can say in a short introduction.
September 19, 2019
Killing canids in Northern Ontario won't help moose populations, but it could have far reaching impacts. Hannah Barron of Earthroots joins Defender Radio to discuss this policy proposal.
September 12, 2019
What is compassionate conservation? How can teaching today’s students the tenets of this movement affect government decisions tomorrow? And why does it matter in the end? All these questions and more are discussed with UBC professor and researcher Dr. Kristen Walker on the first episode of Defender Radio’s seventh season!
July 11, 2019
How do you grow empathy and protect the future for non-human animals in a part of the world most people will never visit? One company has the answer – and the science to back it up.
June 27, 2019
Dr. Marc Bekoff talks Unleashing Your Dog, the new field guide to giving your dog their best life, co-authored by Dr. Jessica Pierce.
June 21, 2019
And Luci Cadman of the North Shore Black Bear Society knows how we can treat it. Find out more on this episode of the Defender Radio podcast!
June 13, 2019
The BC SPCA wants cats to have a safe place outside and join the podcast to discuss catios!
May 29, 2019
Plans to protect mountain caribou are being developed, but will industry and political misinformation mixed with willful ignorance of economics and science determine their fate? Charlotte Dawe of the Wilderness Committee joins Defender Radio to discuss.
May 24, 2019
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.
May 16, 2019
Fur Policy Director at HSUS joins the Defender Radio podcast to share how he helped get Armani and other companies to drop fur and what advocates can do to move the fur-free initiative forward.
May 8, 2019
A year after finding a beaver in a trap, residents celebrate in-field solutions and protections for the keystone species in Belleville, Ontario.
April 26, 2019
Host Michael Howie shares the news that Defender Radio has reached 100,000 downloads, and gets a surprise midway through recording!
April 18, 2019
Lisa Winn of Ladybird Animal Sanctuary joins the podcast to talk Easter bunnies, why you should always focus on adoption for pets, and what welcoming a rabbit into your family means.
April 11, 2019
Dr. David Peña-Guzmán goes in-depth on the philosophical questions behind non-human animal suicide.
April 4, 2019
IFAW’s Sheryl Fink gets into the failed history of the east coast commercial seal hunt and the science that shows why a west coast hunt is doomed to failure.
March 28, 2019
Despite government prohibition, the science shows grizzly bear rehabilitation can be successful in Alberta. Biologist Lisa Dahlseide joins the Defender Radio podcast to lay out the facts.
March 21, 2019
Charlotte Dawe of the Wilderness Committee tells Defender Radio why plans to save species by killing others are inherently flawed and what we can do to get conservation efforts right.
March 7, 2019
Wildlife photographer John Marriott turns his lens on cruel and legal snare devices.
February 13, 2019
Boss was caught and injured by a snare. This is his story, as told by his guardian Amanda Duke.
February 6, 2019
Kimberly Ross shares the tragic story of her family's companion Titus dying in a legally set snare adjacent to their farm.
January 3, 2019
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.
December 19, 2018
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?
December 5, 2018
Human and animal rights attorney Bina Ahmad joins the Defender Radio podcast to discuss activists’ rights, how to interact with law enforcement, and when it’s time to call a lawyer.
November 28, 2018
Dr. Gilbert Proulx discusses his new book, Intolerable Cruelty: The Truth Behind Killing Neck Snares and Strychnine in this episode of the Defender Radio podcast.
November 21, 2018
Dr. Anna Pigott sees capitalism as the root cause for much of the environmental havoc described in a World Wildlife Fund and explores the subject on this episode of the Defender Radio Podcast.
November 14, 2018
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.
November 7, 2018
Host Michael Howie discusses gastric dilatation and volvulus – or bloat – which afflicted his dog JJ last week. Symptoms, prevention, and more are shared on this special episode!
October 31, 2018
Lisa Dahlseide discusses the Wilderness, Wildlife and Human Interaction – Changing the Paradigm conference taking place November 10 in Alberta, and shares an update on two bear cubs in the care of Cochrane Ecological Institute!
October 17, 2018
How do plants and animals adapt to changes in weather and elevation caused by climate change? Dr. Ben Freeman explains what his study found on this episode of the Defender Radio podcast.
October 10, 2018
Anger, grief, and trauma are common for advocates. That’s why it’s important to speak to someone about managing emotions and mental health – someone like Liz Sinclair Kruth, who goes in-depth on what advocates need to know about self-care and asking for help.
October 5, 2018
Co-founder James Yurichuk joined Defender Radio to discuss the animal-free Wuxly Movement line of outerwear, the trade up program, and more in this in-depth episode from a Toronto rooftop!
October 2, 2018
Wuxly Movement is the animal-free, made-in-Canada outerwear brand that animal lovers across Canada are raving about. Hear about their brand update, the trade up program, and more in this news brief with co-founder James Yurichuk.
September 28, 2018
Hunting isn't conservation, regulating hunting is - and a paper by Dr. Adrian Treves outlines the importance of distinguishing that. Get the details in this in-depth interview!
September 25, 2018
Hunting isn't conservation, regulating hunting is - and a paper by Drs. Adrian Treves, Kyle Artelle, and Paul Paquet outlines the importance of distinguishing that.
July 11, 2018
Can predator removal be successful in resolving conflict? Or is it doomed to failure? Will co-existence emerge as the scientifically proven champion of management? Get the answers from PhD candidate and study author Robert James Lennox!
July 9, 2018
Hear from PhD candidate Robert James Lennox how an in-depth literature review of predator removal studies shows a string of costly failures, while co-existence promises long-term solutions in this news brief!
July 3, 2018
What! Still not Defender Radio? That’s right, it’s the SECOND episode of The End of Time and Other Bothers. Episode Two: The Academy of the Fallen, Part 1 Darcy, Blat and Eggerton find themselves thrown back through time to a strange town. Get more at, subscribe on iTunes, or laugh along wherever you listen to podcasts!
July 3, 2018
Hey – this isn’t Defender Radio! That’s right, it’s the first episode of The End of Time and Other Bothers. Episode One: The End Blat the half-demon has a calamity in the filing room. Eggerton the fairy gives a fateful presentation. And Darcy the human realizes she is being hunted.  Get more at, subscribe on iTunes, or laugh along wherever you listen to podcasts!
July 3, 2018
It’s host Michael Howie’s birthday and he’s bringing you inside the world of Alba Salix and the End of Time and Other Bothers: an improvised fantasy role-playing podcast that happens to be animal friendly (and Mike plays in)!
June 28, 2018
The Humane Education Coalition aims to provide resources, programs, research and more to help humane educators. Hear more from the Coalition’s Megan Moon in this in-depth interview!
June 25, 2018
Megan Moon and her colleagues at the Humane Education Coalition want to provide resources, programs, and research to help humane educators – hear more in this 5-minute news brief!
June 14, 2018
Are media reports of fearless predators accurate, or can we co-exist with cougars? Bryce Casavant joins Defender Radio podcast to explain how we can live alongside Canada’s big cats!
June 11, 2018
Canada’s big cats can cause a lot of fear – but how much of that is based in fact? Hear it in five with Bryce Casavant on this news brief!
May 30, 2018
Scihard with Dr. Anna Zakrisson and learn what science literacy is, how to separate the good from the bad, and a whole lot more on this episode of Defender Radio!
May 28, 2018
Science literacy is more important than ever and Dr. Anna's Imaginarium is helping people communicate!
May 24, 2018
Oil spills in the ocean or at a gas station can be hazardous to wildlife. Find out more about what goes into cleaning and returning animals to the wild on this episode!
May 22, 2018
Wildlife gets left out of conversations about oil clean ups – but they can be heavily impacted by them. Hear more in 5 minutes with Linda Bakker on this news brief!
May 16, 2018
Bounties on wolves and coyotes don’t work, and new research from Dr. Gilbert Proulx and Sadie Parr supports putting an end to them.
May 14, 2018
A new study shows that livestock isn’t a food source for coyotes and wolves in Alberta and calls for an end to bounties. Get the facts in five with this news brief!
May 10, 2018
Go in-depth with Dr. Max Foran on the new book that's a must read for every animal lover in Canada!
May 7, 2018
Dr. Max Foran challenges the philosophy, history, and practices of wildlife management in Canada with his new book The Subjugation of Canadian Wildlife. Hear more in five with this news brief!
May 2, 2018
One RV, two people, three cats, 417 National Parks and historic sites. Hear more about the NEW Podcasts with Park Rangers show from creators Sarah and Lucas on Defender Radio!
April 30, 2018
Sarah & Lucas Villa-Kainec are driving their RV and three cats across the United States to visit all 417 national parks and historic sites – and interviewing the people who spend their days working at them.
April 26, 2018
Go in-depth on Canada's east coast commercial seal hunt and get the straight facts with Sheryl Fink on this episode of Defender Radio.
April 23, 2018
Sheryl Fink provides facts about Canada’s East coast commercial seal hunt to combat misinformation and help animal advocates speak out against the inherently inhumane practice.
April 19, 2018
Black bears are out and about as spring arrives, and it’s up to us humans to make sure we don’t create problems for them. Hear how from the expert: Mike McIntosh of Bear With Us!
April 16, 2018
Spring bears aren’t going mad with hunger, they’re going to remember the last place they found a delicious snack, and they can be rehabilitated. Get it in five with the Defender Radio News Brief!
April 11, 2018
We need you to #RefuseTheGoose – find out how you can send a message to Canada Goose on this week’s podcast!
April 6, 2018
Coyote Watch Canada and the Defender Radio Podcast explore LaSalle Park in Burlington and explore what could be leading to potential coyote conflict, and how the solution exists in human behaviour.
April 4, 2018
Coyote Watch Canada and the Defender Radio Podcast check out coyote hotspots in Burlington’s LaSalle Park – get it in five with this News Brief!
March 28, 2018
Dr. Kyle Artelle explains why so few of 667 examined wildlife management plans fail to meet his team’s scientific criteria – and what that means for the animals.
March 26, 2018
Wildlife management plans claim to be science based, but a new study shows that may not be true. Hear it in 5-minutes with this Defender Radio News Brief!
March 21, 2018
The Gryphon Press talks writing award-winning children’s books, growing compassion, and the story of the company. Learn about your chance to WIN a free book!
March 19, 2018
The Gryphon Press is printing books to help children be more compassionate and learn about important issues facing dogs, cats, wildlife and other animals! Get it in five with this Defender Radio News Brief!
March 15, 2018
Bear saviour Bryce Casavant goes in-depth with Defender Radio on his new research, examining 100 years of wildlife enforcement records in BC to improve policy and public trust.
March 13, 2018
Bryce Casavant is studying 100 years of wildlife enforcement records to help create positive policy change in British Columbia.
March 7, 2018
The BC SPCA is helping residents and building managers find humane wildlife removal options with the launch of AnimalKind. Find out how this will save lives on Defender Radio!
March 5, 2018
AnimalKind will help BC residents and business owners find humane wildlife removal and pest control companies accredited by the BC SPCA. Get the story in less than five with this news brief!
March 1, 2018
Cara Contardi of Urban Wildlife Care talks raccoon biology and behaviour, misleading and inaccurate headlines about rabies, and why it’s important that we understand when, and when not, to help injured or orphaned animals.
February 26, 2018
Raccoons are mating, babies are coming, and you really shouldn't try to feed injured or orphaned animals yourself. Get more on this news brief!
February 19, 2018
Adam Winston, host of the Dogs In Our World podcast, opens up in this in-depth interview about his journey to develop his show, the lessons learned from dog experts, and what he’s learned about himself and the world around him through a love of dogs.
February 12, 2018
Biologist and advocate Lisa Dahlseide joins Defender Radio to talk the science and ethics of wildlife rehabilitation, how Russell’s story progressed this policy, and why it isn’t time to quit speaking for the animals.
February 5, 2018
Creating trap warning sign policies would allow outdoor enthusiasts to make informed decisions. Hear more and take action with this week’s podcast!
January 29, 2018
Dr. Adrian Treves joins Defender Radio to explore the implications of his latest wolf depredation study, the importance of adapting policies to match science, and how we can all play a role in safeguarding wildlife and the environment for future generations.
January 25, 2018
Feline veterinary expert Dr. Margie Scherk explains the truth about cat declawing, alternatives to prevent scratching, and dispels a myth about shelter dumping.
January 22, 2018
Jan Hannah joined the Defender Radio Podcast to discuss IFAW's Northern Dogs Project, the history of working with Cree and Anishinaabe communities, and why it matters that as advocates we focus on listening.
January 15, 2018
Designer and fashion professor Joshua Katcher is crowdfunding his new book, Fashion Animals, that takes on the fur industry and challenge the way the world sees fur in fashion.
January 8, 2018
Animal Justice is launching the Paw and Order podcast to share more about their legal fight for the animals. Hear from the whole team about this new show!
December 30, 2017
Host Michael Howie explores the question of how to grow hope in the world after a difficult year, and his promises to the animals for 2018.
December 18, 2017
This is the Defender Radio Family Christmas Special! Christmas In A Cozy Cave is a heart-warming Christmas tale of two very different animals who were the best of friends, as they try to give each other holiday gifts to show how much they appreciate each other. But in their efforts, they may jeopardize Christmas for one another!
December 18, 2017
We just released the Defender Radio Family Christmas Special, and decided to do this brief episode separately to not interfere with your enjoyment of the special. I’m going to tell you a bit about why I made the special, and thank and acknowledge those who supported and helped out. If you haven’t listened to Christmas In a Cozy Cave, go do that first, and then come back to listen to this special feature.
December 11, 2017
New book explores popular wildlife photographer’s life through photos and memories, and the story of how he became a vocal conservationist.
December 4, 2017
Russell, an orphaned and injured bear cub in Alberta, can't be helped under provincial policy. A group of advocates intend on changing that.
November 27, 2017
Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy, Executive Director of the Animal in Science Policy Institute, joined Defender Radio to break down the numbers of the four million animals used in research in 2016, explain the alternatives, and share how everyone, from school kids to advocates to researchers can be a part of the necessary change.
November 20, 2017
The False Knees web comic gives emotion, character, and introspection to animals often seen, but seldom considered in our daily lives. Creator Joshua Barkman joins the show for a unique interview at Café Pyrus in Kitchener, ON.
November 14, 2017
Lesley Sampson of Coyote Watch Canada joined Defender Radio for an outdoor interview to talk co-existence programs, community buy-in, and what can lead to success or failure for co-flourishing.
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