I was able to speak to Wahl recently for a rare interview, to shed some light on a life with more twists and turns than any movie script, as well as the charitable causes that are spurring him back into the public eye.
The meat industry has achieved a level of crippling paranoia despite the reality that we are a meat loving population. But it would seem to be in the best interest of consumers and trade alike to spend some time listening to each other.
We tame our dogs and our cats by inviting them into our lives, by feeding them, by sheltering them and, yes, by loving them. By so doing we become responsible for them -- forever. Let's try not to forget that forever responsibility.
Tragically, each day of a turkey's life in a Butterball factory farm is filled with deprivation and brutality, due to the company's complete lack of meaningful animal welfare policies, training, or procedures.
Because most women's shelters do not allow animals, women are usually left with two options: to either stay with their abuser or leave their animal behind and risk that the abuser will harm the animal out of vengeance.
Virginia has some of the best animal protection laws in the country, so most Virginians are shocked to learn that an obscure, extremely cruel practice known as "fox penning" is legal in the Commonwealth.
Shifting our current practice from the collection and dispersal of homeless animals to preventing their births can stop the suffering and abate the need for building or expanding shelters. It can be done.
As with so many slick marketing campaigns, the American Kennel Club has glossed over the downside of purebred dogs, including the fact that they often suffer miserably from congenital defects and inherited diseases. Here is the info that you won't hear from the AKC about those top 10 breeds.
I was generous yesterday when I suggested that PETA's monstrous kill rate in 2012 was in fact, for them, an improvement.
One of the year's more depressing rituals is the annual release of PETA's kill statistics. The numbers -- just how many pets Ingrid Newkirk's organization has "euthanized" in the past year -- are never anything less than revolting. They are also never a surprise.
Mandatory reporting laws are simply wolves dressed in sheep's clothing. They would have a chilling effect on industry whistleblowers, even established long-term employees, who witness serious violations and wish to speak up.
Just as with human health care in the United States, I believe the once good and affordable-for-all health care system for companion animals has been hijacked by those interested in money.
Regardless of whether or not this controversial research continues, you can bet one thing: Our risk for a deadly form of the "bird flu" virus and other pathogens remain high as long as we don't improve our treatment of animals.
For your reading pleasure, here's our "Top 10 Hollywood A-List Wild Animals, Digital Animals, Domestic Farm Animals and Pets" list.
Fred and I have spent almost every day together since he was weaned by his mother. At the Lundgren home, we are known as "Big Fred" and "Little Fred," but we both come to attention whenever my wife calls our name.
While we encourage potential adopters to look at rescue websites to help find their perfect match, you should never, ever adopt or purchase an animal without meeting him or her first. By doing so, you could be funding the puppy mill industry.