Dr. Michael Fox

Photo Courtesy Farm Sanctuary

Since his early career days in the 1970s, Dr. Fox has been one of the most prescient, prolific and passionate figures addressing the environmental, ethical and economic consequences of animal use in human industry. Long before the phrase "climate change" was in our vernacular, he was connecting industrial agriculture with changing climate conditions, animal and human suffering, and ecological collapse. 

A former vice president of the Humane Society of the United States, Dr. Fox began his career as a veterinarian, graduating from the Royal Veterinary College, London, England, with post-graduate research in the U.S. focused on animal behavior and development in the field of wild canids. He also holds a PhD in medicine and a DSc in ethology/animal behavior from the University of London, and he is a member of the British Veterinary Association, the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and an Honor Roll member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. A frequent guest on the Johnny Carson and Dick Cavett shows during their runs, Dr. Fox has authored and edited dozens of books for adults and children, and his syndicated newspaper column, Animal Doctor, has been reaching readers far and wide for over 40 years. 

Dr. Fox's daughter, Camilla Fox, and I travelled together in August, 2015, to visit her father and his wife Deanna at their home in Minnesota. Camilla is the Founder and Executive Director of Project Coyote, an organization dedicated to fostering coexistence between people and wildlife.

On his website, Dr. Fox describes his mission: 

"To help heal the broken bonds between my own species and other living beings and the natural environment for the good of all: One Earth, One Health."

In the following interview excerpts, he reveals why, and offers ways individuals can make a difference for animals and the natural environment. 

Interview Excerpts

Introduction and Background

Becoming a Veterinarian

Early Warning of Corporate Agriculture

Ethology and the Burden of Empathy

Conflicts of Interest

Bioethics and the Status Quo

The Instrument of Revolution

The Emotional Lives of Animals

Early Influences

Animal Agriculture

Anthropomorphism and Healing