(Oct. 31, 2002, Gazette)
|Photo by Chris Hammond
Ernest Rollman (L) and Cathy Rowe
Its about wanting to learn more, and ultimately creating
a community that is compassionate to both animals and humans, explained
Kathy Rowe and Ernst Rollmann, station manager and program director, respectively,
at Memorials radio station CHMR-FM. The two have combined their
mutual love of radio and animals to create a weekly show, an award-winning
Web site, and a registered charity, all in the name of educating the public
about the ethical treatment of animals.
About two years ago, I started noticing that more needed to be done
in the community for animals, said Ms. Rowe. The number of
animals being euthanised was atrocious. I knew that more proactive measures
needed to be taken, for cats, dogs, and non-domestic animals. Education,
especially for children, is the key.
Animal News and Views, airing live every Tuesday and Friday from 11 a.m.-12
p.m. on 93.5 FM, began in 1998 as a five-minute pet-care segment, and
has grown into Newfoundland's only animal rights/welfare radio program.
The program features domestic animal care issues in the Furball Feature,
animals making the news in Animal Affairs, and animal campaigns for compassion
in Take Action For Animals.
With the success of their radio show, Ms. Rowe and Mr. Rollmann decided
to go one step further, creating, in 2000, the Newfoundland and Labrador
Humane Society (NLHS). The mandate of the NLHS, according
to Mr. Rollmann, is CARE: Compassion, Advocacy, Responsibility,
and Education. By writing articles for the NLHS Web site and newsletter,
speaking to children and adolescents about responsible pet-care, fostering
animals to good homes, and maintaining a library of lendable resources,
we are trying to change the way society is doing things.
With a radio station, a radio show, a Web site, a newsletter, and a charitable
organization to run, these Memorial employees are continuously learning
about animals, themselves, and even humans.
Animals have so much to teach us about how we treat one another,
said Ms. Rowe. We take a lesson from them, respecting where each
human being is coming from, and appreciating what they can do, as well
as what they would prefer not to. Were truly thankful for any involvement
that people are able to give.
To learn more or to get involved, see www.nlhs.ca
or e-mail NLHS@