I interview Peter Christie, author of Unnatural Companions: Rethinking our love of pets in an age of extinction. We get deep into the impact of our cats and dogs on the natural environment, the food they eat, what they kill and the spread of disease. From fungal diseases carried by salamanders to the impact of Burmese pythons in the everglades, we expand on the concept that pet ownership is in part our way of connecting to the wilderness modern society has shut out. The big, hanging question, which we do provide some potential solutions for, is how do we harness the love and care of pet owners to help conserve wildlife and mitigate the negative ecological impact of pet ownership.
Listen by searching Into The Wilderness on any podcast app.