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ACT Radio

Second and Fourth Sunday of the Month at 7:30pm

Welcome to ACT Radio -- Animal Concerns of Texas, with co-hosts Greg Lawson, Elizabeth Walsh, and Tom Linney. Every second and fourth Sunday evening at 7:30, we offer a unique program that focuses on animals, and related issues such as vegetarianism and the environment.

Everyone loves animals, and yet animals are the most helpless and victimized members of the living community. We believe with Gandhi that "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

Most people have no idea the horrors our animal friends undergo in zoos, circuses, rodeos, experimental laboratories, and factory farms and slaughterhouses. Through the airwaves and elsewhere, we seek to be a voice for the voiceless and to promote change through education and expanding awareness and compassion.

We discuss the ways our society exploits animals, and how drastically this abuse affects human interests concerning health, the environment, and our level of connectedness to life. We offer new visions for how to heal the breaches in our social world and in our relation to the natural world. We believe that animal liberation is the next great liberation movement on this planet, and that by promoting respect for nonhuman animals, we are advancing human moral evolution.

ACT brings you the latest news about animals, from local concerns to global issues, from vegetarianism to animal rights activism. We also feature lively interviews with people involved in the animal welfare and animal rights movements, from local folks to well-known figures who work toward the same goal of promoting a New Enlightenment in our relations with other species. 

CORRECTION: Audio of Interview with Lisa Apfelberg has been adjusted and updated.

With several Jewish holidays including Yom Kippur just around the corner, it is a time of hope, deep thought, and prayers for new beginnings. And it’s also a time to focus on all that we have done and rededicate ourselves to bringing about a more just, compassionate, and equitable world.

It is legal in Texas to leave dogs unattended by their owners without food, water, and adequate shelter under the health and safety codes. The law requires that an officer can only interfere after 24 hours waiting period and give a warning. On  ACT Radio, Liz, Tom, and Greg talk to Stacy Sutton Kerby, director of government relations for the Texas Humane Legislation Network, about animal cruelty and Breed-specific Legislation.  She also mentions how the Texas governor vetoed the Safety Outdoor Act. Sutton has worn several hats for THLN, including Volunteer Coordinator, Director of Operations, and Legislative Liaison, providing testimony and research on various issues, including puppy mills, private ownership of dangerous wild animals, greyhound racing, and reptile roundups. 

Originally aired July 25, 2021

Approximately 300 dogs and cats were flown by private planes out of a crowded El Paso animal shelter in one of the biggest non-disaster pet rescues in history. On ACT Radio, Greg, Liz, and Tom chat with Tim Woodward, Executive Director of Animal Rescue Corps, about this amazing mission to send companion animals to regions of the country where they’re sure to be adopted quickly. They also discuss the various ways you can help support companion animals in our community as well as Animal Rescue Corps’ other large-scale rescue work to help abused and neglected animals in puppy mills, hoarding cases, and animal fighting rings. 

The Hawai'ian Islands are ground zero for the aquarium trade where reef fish are captured and trafficked for hobbyists’ tanks. At any given moment, 28 million fish are in the aquarium trade pipeline and many die within a year of capture, generating even more demand. On ACT Radio, Liz and Tom talk with writer, producer and director Paula Fouce about her new film,
 The Dark Hobby,
 which exposes this ongoing crisis and follows a group of Native Hawaiian Elders, conservationists, and scientists in their fight to ensure the survival of reef wildlife.

Are you trying to live more sustainably? One of the best weays to do so is to change your diet.

 On ACT Radio, Liz and Tom talk with Monica Chen, Executive Director of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition about their fact-based, engaging presentations on the true impacts of animal agriculture and how they can support you, your friends, co-workers, and other community members in making more sustainable and humane choices.

 ACT Radio welcomes Registered Nutritionist and Renowed International Speaker and Author, Brenda Davis. Autor of 12 Books in 15 different languages. Co-author of "Becoming Vegan: Express Edition".

Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director and CEO Stephen Wells returns to  ACT Radio to talk with Liz and Tom about some of the cases that ALDF has been involved in and the work they have done to protect the rights of animals.  Stephen recounts the effors to free Tony The Tiger as ALDF sought to amended a petition to intervene in an ongoing lawsuit against the state of Louisiana, as part of its campaign to free

ACT Radio hosts Tom Linney and Liz Walsh discuss the vegan lifestyle with Jeff Sebo. Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental Studies; Affiliated Professor of Bioethics, Medical Ethics, and Philosophy; Director of the Animal Studies M.A. Program

Many animals in the United States are still considered property under the law and thus, can be subjected to very cruel practices. Fortunately, there are efforts underway to shift this paradigm.  On this week’s ACT Radio, Liz and Tom talk with Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director and CEO Stephen Wells about the organization’s groundbreaking efforts to push the U.S. legal system to end the suffering of abused animals.

ACT Radio - Ted Kemp

Nov 9, 2020

Ted Kemp is Managing Editor for CNBC International Digital. Ted reported from Thailand, Burma, Hawaii and elsewhere for the fascinating, prime time CNBC documentary, “Oceans of Crime.” The multibillion-dollar outlaw fishing industry is funded by anyone who eats animals like salmon, tuna, or swordfish but few are aware of the human and environmental wreckage left in its wake. It’s estimated that 90 percent of American seafood is imported, and more than a quarter of the fish caught at sea is captured illegally--with no regard for the law, national sovereignty, or the future of the species themselves. On this week’s Act Radio, Ted will take us inside a disturbing and ongoing crime story set in one of the most lawless places on earth: our oceans, where perpetrators traffic in an illegal product, and front-line workers are modern day slaves.

More than 70 billion land animals are killed for food every year and research suggests that global demand for meat may double by 2050. And animal agriculture is responsible for a major share of the damage caused in global land degradation, air and water pollution, and the loss of biodiversity. On ACT Radio, Greg, Liz and Tom talk with filmmaker Liz Marshall about her latest documentary Meat the Future, which chronicles the birth of the cell-based, cultivated meat industry and its revolutionary efforts to sustainably feed the world without the need to breed, raise and slaughter animals.

ACT Radio welcomes Erica Meier, Executive Director for Animal Outlook and has been a vegan for over 25 years.

 ACT Radio interviews...Sangita Iyer a Health and Environmental journalist and wildlife film maker and producer of director of "Gods in Shackles"....

Michelle Schaefer is a vegan freelance writer whose work has been featured in VegNews, USA Today, Edible Indy, Main Street Vegan and more. She is a staff writer at bUneke magazine and holds a BA in Writing, a Master's in Psychology, and is a certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach & Educator. Greg, Liz and Tom talk with Michelle about the impact of the pandemic on veganism, and body image positivity and how it relates to veganism.

ACT Radio welcomes Dr. Will Tuttle, Speaker, Writer and Author of the World Peace Diet and a 30+ year vegan.

ACT Radio welcomes Juliette Gellatley, British writer and animal activist, also the founding Director of the Vegetarian Society.

This weeks guest on ACT Radio is: Matthew Priebe is a naturalist who travels with his wife Delise as they study and photograph animals in the wild. They also speak on animal protection and design in nature issues. His book Animals, Ethics & Christianity and DVDs can be ordered from their website at www.ask-the-animals.com. His main goal is to alert people to what happens to the voiceless in our society and help reduce the suffering of all concerned.

Animal Concerns of Texas, ACT Radio welcomes Professor, Researcher and Activist  Garrett Broad to discuss his transition to a plant based diet.

Act Radio's guest Conor Devine is an author, innovator, plant-based whole food IRONMAN triathlete, and passionate Multiple Sclerosis awareness campaigner. His new book is Ironmind, Against All Odds.

Act Radio interviews lecturer and animal advocate Dr. Joanne Kong, praised throughout the country as one of the most compelling advocates for plant-sourced nutrition.

Act Radio interviews animal protection environmentalist Mike Hudak to discuss his work and his transition to a vegan diet.

ACT radio interviews Dr. Milton Mills, Associate Director of Preventive Medicine with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and co-author of PCRM’s report on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines.

Tom, Greg and Liz of ACT Radio interview David Simom author of Meatonomics: How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much- and How to Eat Better, Live Longer, and Spend Smarter,” shines a light on the unsettling world of factory farming in America and how our own government contributes to it.

ACT Radio interviews Harold Brown  a former beef farmer and founder of FarmKind. He is also a subject of the documentary film Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home.

ACT Radio - Mary Finelli

May 29, 2019

ACT Radio interviews Mary Finelli a long time animal rights activist, writer and researcher. She says she’s focused her past activism on farmed animals because she considers them to be the greatest category of exploited animals, arguably suffering the worst abuses, with the least amount of attention or protection.