Lollypop Farm, The Humane Society of Greater Rochester

If your work-related video conferences are getting a bit tedious, you can liven things up by inviting a dog, cat, a pig or even a llama to your next meeting and help a local nonprofit at the same time.

Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, is making its adoptable shelter pets and farm animals available to attend a virtual meeting through its new "Paw-fice Pals Virtual Meetings" program.

A 20-minute visit costs $100.

The Trump administration is making changes to the Endangered Species Act, and critics say those changes will have a negative effect on the protection of certain species.

We discuss the changes, which animals could be impacted, and how. Our guests:

This week, New York became the first state in the nation to ban the declawing of cats. Animal rights activists are celebrating the bill, which prohibits the amputation procedure unless the process will help treat a medical condition. It’s a win for groups that have fought the issue for years, and who are also calling for the end of horse racing. Thousands of horses in the U.S. have died from racing or training since 2014, and over a six-day span this month, four horses died at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack.

This hour, we sit down with activists to understand the current state of animal rights in New York and the U.S., and what they would like to see in terms of a so-called "animal bill of rights." In studio:

  • Joel Helfrich, animal rights activist
  • Andrew Dunning, animal rights activist

You might have heard that Chipotle is not offering pork products at roughly a third of its locations across the country. The reason? They found out that a supplier is using gestation crates, which goes against Chipotle's standards of animal care. Gestation crates have been in the news lately, with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoing a bill in his state to ban them (and earning applause from Iowa farmers).

The New York State Assembly has such a bill, but it has never really gone anywhere. So who is raising pigs in humane ways around our area? Find out as we talk with our guests:

  • Chris Arnold, Chipotle national communications director
  • Brad Marshal, co-owner of The Piggery in Ithaca