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In January, the title of my program was changed from Animals in the Press to Animal Matters.

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Hey! Update

March 29, 2011

I’m not sure anyone is still following this blog or not, but just in case you are, I am migrating to my new and improved website:

The website isn’t done yet, but the content is there and will be there. I’ll be uploading the .mp3’s from previous programs so that you can listen to them online, and eventually I’ll be feeding them to iTunes, etc.

So, quit reading this blog already, and check out my new space!


June 8, 2010

On today’s Animal Matters, I’ll be having a conversation with Paul Shapiro, Senior Director of the Factory Farming campaign at The Humane Society of the United States. We’re going to talk about the latest development involving the cruelty documented at Bushway Packing in October this last year. We’ll talk about the case itself, what kind of cruelty was involved, and what happens next. Tune in today at 5:30pm PST at 90.1 KZFR in Chico or online at

060110: Conklin Dairy Farms

June 1, 2010

Coming up on today’s Animal Matters, I’ll be having a conversation with Arathi Jayaram, Director of Operations for Mercy for Animal’s, a non-profit group based out of Ohio. We’ll be talking about the recent undercover footage released by Mercy for Animals showing abhorrent abuse at Conklin Dairy Farms in Plain City, OH. We’ll talk about some of the abuses shown in the video footage, what comes next in their investigation, and more about the dairy industry.

5/18/10: The HSUS Wins Water Pollution Case Against Hudson Valley Foie Gras

May 18, 2010

On today’s Animal Matters, I’ll be having a conversation with Peter Petersan, Deputy Director of Animal Protection Litigation with The Humane Society of the United States. Recently, The HSUS filed a lawsuit against Hudson Valley Foie Gras for violating the Clean Water Act. HSUS won that lawsuit. Peter and I will be talking about that lawsuit as well as how foie gras is produced. Tune in tomorrow at 5:30pm PST on FM 90.1 KZFR in Chico or online at

SB 1277: CA Animal Abuser Registry

May 4, 2010

On  today’s AM, a conversation with Stephen Wells,  Executive Director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund.  We’ll be discussing the upcoming animal abuser registry legislation, SB 1277, which would require criminals convicted of felony animal abuse to register with the database. We’ll discuss the impacts this may have, good and bad, and what you can do to help this legislation pass.

Sign the petition:

4/27/10: Animals in laboratories/World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week (April 17-25, 2010)

April 27, 2010

On today’s Animal Matters, a conversation with Michael Budkie, executive director and co-founder of the non-profit group Stop Animal Exploitation Now. Last week was World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week, so we’ll be talking about some of the events that took place and what’s next. We’ll also talk about animals in research, and whether or not it is still necessary or effective. World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week was April 17 – 25, 2010.

SAEN exposes abuse of dogs and cats in five U.S. labs:

Negligence kills primates across U.S.:


04/20/10: Healthy School Lunches, H.R. 4870

April 20, 2010

On today’s Animal Matters, a conversation with Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. Tomorrow, concerned citizens nationwide will join in a National Call-In Day to urge legislators to support the Healthy School Meals Act, which would offer financial incentives to school districts that offer their students plant-based food options and non-dairy beverages. We’re going to talk about the push for healthier options in school lunches, and what you can do to help make this happen. That’s coming up next, on today’s Animal Matters.

To look up your representative:

4/13/10: Appalling Cruelties at Nation’s Top Egg Producers

April 13, 2010

Today I will have a conversation with Paul Shapiro.

Show No. 85: 02/02/10: Animals in Laboratories

February 2, 2010

Animal Matters is a weekly radio program on 90.1 KZFR in Chico, CA. Sarah Downs, your weekly host, discusses topics regarding the creatures who share their planet with us. You’ll hear interviews, information, and opinions from your host and the listeners in the Chico area. Tune in to KZFR 90.1 in Chico or every Tuesday at 5:30pm.

Show No. 84: 01/13/10: Dairy

January 31, 2010

These are the sites in which I obtained my information for today’s program: (Note: within this site are links to numerous other pages with more and more information. Instead of posting all the links here, I’ll let you find them.