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Wednesday Rundown: Doing What's Best for Elephants in Captivity


These topics air Wednesday February 4, 2015 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

The Attorney General

Last week Senate confirmation hearings began for Loretta Lynch. President Obama’s nominee to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder. If confirmed, Ms. Lynch could become the nation’s first African American female attorney general. Joining us for a look at the role and responsibilities of the office is Pitt Law Professor David Harris.

Zoo to Review Use of Dogs to Control Elephants

Following complaints from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection has called into question the Pittsburgh Zoo's practice of using dogs to control elephants. The USDA report indicated dogs showing aggressive behavior that caused the elephants distress. We'll talk with Margaret Whittaker, Director of Elephant Care for The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee, the nation's largest natural-habitat refuge developed specifically to meet the needs of endangered elephants. She will share her insights about how elephants should be cared for. 

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