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Peter Laufer on “Forbidden Creatures”; Will Durst rants on Prop 8 Decision

Peter Laufer joins us to talk about his new book, Forbidden Creatures: Inside the World of Animal Smuggling and Exotic Pets. Comedian/satirist Will Durst waxes on the court decision overturning California’s ban on same sex marriage.
Laufer, a longtime friend and colleague of PBC, returns to talk about his second foray into the underground world of exotic critters. His prior book, The Dangerous World of Butterflies introduced him to the people who breed, sell, collect and smuggle exotic animals from chimps to snakes and big cats. In both cases, Laufer weaves the fascinating anecdotes together with his own musings on the proper roles of humans and animals. He meets some pretty exotic humans along the way, too, and takes us to animal auctions, private zoos, sanctuaries and the python-infested Everglades. The wiseass wisdom of Durst hits at about 59:05