All Things Vegan ~ Show Notes ~ June 12, 2012

Dr. Byron Maas, a local veterinarian with a global reach, talks about Zeutering (zinc neutering), and shares insights from his spay and neuter campaigns around the world

In this episode, Bend veterinarian Byron Maas, who has spayed and neutered tens of thousands of animals both in Central Oregon, and abroad in many island nations, shares with us his unique perspective on the future of spay and neuter, the no-kill movement, and the shelter system in the United States. Dr. Maas also tells us about a new, revolutionary, non-surgical neutering procedure called Zinc Neutering: It’s less costly, has a quicker recovery time, and could provide great benefits in achieving the goal of no more homeless pets around the world.

And, of course, we highlight the latest News from the Vegan Frontier, let you know about vegan related happenings in and around Central Oregon, and more!

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Interviews:

In this episode, Bend veterinarian Byron Maas, who has spayed and neutered tens of thousands of animals both in Central Oregon, and abroad in many island nations, shares with us his unique perspective on the future of spay and neuter, the no-kill movement, and the shelter system in the United States. Dr. Maas also tells us about a new, revolutionary, non-surgical neutering procedure called Zinc Neutering: It’s less costly, has a quicker recovery time, and could provide great benefits in achieving the goal of no more homeless pets around the world.

Byron Maas, DVM

Byron Maas, DVM

Euthanasia is the #1 killer of animals in our country. And, because of that, I personally feel that our sheltering system, the current system that we have, is a failed system. I don’t think it’s sustainable, and that we need to really focus on looking at new, novel approaches, and that’s where this movement is going.

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Dr. Byron Maas has been practicing for over 20 years in companion animal medicine and surgery. Previously dubbed the “King of Spays” (Animal Affairs Journal 2006), Byron is passionate about population control in companion animals worldwide.

He has served on the Humane Society of Central Oregon board of directors and initiated their in-house shelter medicine program. He was instrumental in establishing the mobile SNIP clinic serving the greater Central Oregon region. Realizing that there was a serious need, he co-founded the Bend Spay and Neuter Project to address feral cat issues through Trap Neuter Return Programs (TNR) and low cost sterilization programs.

In the islands of the South Pacific, Dr. Maas was the first veterinarian to volunteer to establish the Esther Honey Foundation’s clinic in Rarotonga and currently sits on the board of directors. He’s also on the advisory board of the non-profit group Animal Balance and volunteers for high volume, community based sterilization campaigns with them in the Galapagos Islands, Dominican Republic, and the Samoan Islands. He collaborates with many NGO’s and is a certified international instructor to provide training in the proper techniques of chemical sterilization with Esterilsol (also called Zinc Neutering)..

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News from the Vegan Frontier:

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Veg Out ‘N About (in Central Oregon):

Featuring the Grateful Veg Burger, a vegan hemp patty burger with walnut-pomegranate dip on an Italian white bun. Your canine companion is welcome to join you at any of the outdoor patios at this former Catholic school turned pub.

McMenamin’s Old St. Francis is located at 700 N.W. Bond Street in downtown Bend. For more information, see mcmenamins.com or call 541-382-5174.

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News around Town:

VegNet Bend monthly meeting and potluck: 6p, June 27, The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, Bend. Bring a vegan dish to share and your recipe and list of ingredients. For more information about this event, see VegNet Bend Group on Facebook or email info@vegnetbend.org.

Race for the Animals, a 5K/10K fundraising trail run/walk, will be held in Portland’s Forest Park on June 23. For more information about this event, see Northwest Veg.

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Music:

Theme song and musical clips courtesy of Paul Seymour. To learn more about Paul or his music, please visit paulseymour.com.au.

Paul Seymour

Paul Seymour

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All Things Vegan airs on KPOV, Bend Community Radio.

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