Caged Hunts and the Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease–Episode 11

Acclaimed wildlife writer and outdoorsman Ted Williams joins us to talk about caged hunts, where people pay up to five-figure sums to shoot grotesquely overbred animals in confined areas, all for an interesting story and a display on a wall. Not only do these operations—banned now in 20 states—represent the antithesis of hunting as a "sport," they are contributing to the spread of CWD, a brain-eating disease that has shown itself capable of infecting humans.

Also with host Joseph Grove are Wayne Pacelle, founder of Animal Wellness Action, and Marty Irby, the executive director of the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit.

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Music from "Fearless First" by Kevin MacLeod (; License: CC BY (

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