The Wiseguy “Gets” Animals: Interview with Ken Wahl

Contributing Editor Dr. Jordan Schaul and legendary celebrity animal activists the Barbi Twins interview Ken Wahl—the Wiseguy.

Ken Wahl is an award winning actor, writer, and director most known for winning a Golden Globe for the series Wiseguy. Wahl has starred in many movies, including, THE WANDERERS, PURPLE HEARTS, FORT APACHE THE BRONX with Paul Newman,  JINXED with Bette Midler, THE SOLDIER, THE FAVOR with Brad Pitt, DIRTY DOZEN II.

After leaving WISEGUY to fulfill his movie commitments, he was forced to retire abruptly, due to a severe spinal injury in 1992 and continues to live with chronic pain.Ken found that rescued pets as companions are very therapeutic for his pain, and saving these rescued pets was even more rewarding. January 9, 2010 Ken agreed to help find a cat killer who glued a kitten to a highway. He generously offered his Golden Globe as a reward to help find the cat killer. The news went viral! http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2010/01/exclusive-ken-wahl-offers-golden-globe-catch-cat-killer

As a patriot, Ken’s main priority now is to help US veterans and rescued pets help each other.

The Barbi Twins sat down with Ken Wahl to talk about his animal charities and causes.

Barbi Twins:
Have you always loved animals? What was your first pet?
Ken Wahl:
Yes, I always loved animals. I’ve never lived without animals. As long as I can remember, I was bringing home strays. When I was five years old I brought home a stray kitten that I named Tiger. This was my first pet.
Barbi Twins:
As a kid did you want to have a career with animals or be an actor?
Ken Wahl:
Neither. I wanted to be a baseball player originally, and sort of fell into acting. But I always loved animals. Then, I discovered when I injured my spine, that these animals were actually very therapeutic and helped me to cope with my chronic pain.
Barbi Twins:
So why this crusade you want to do to help US veterans with saving rescued pets?
Ken Wahl:
I’m determined to help decrease the astonishing rate of suicide among our military, through what I’ve learned help me.  People have asked me to do a lot of things, but this is one area that I know worked for me and helped me to cope with my injuries. I’ve always respected the military and I’m grateful they give us our freedom. So I feel this obligation to help disabled vets with rescued pets, since the pets were always so helpful to me. And by them saving an innocent pet from being destroyed at a kill shelter, this also will make them feel better.
Barbi Twins:
I see you participated in a wild horse documentary, tell us about that and will you do more?
Ken Wahl:
I’m retired and unable to work due to my injuries. But, I made this exception to narrate AMERICA’S SAVING HORSES when I learned that horses were being slaughtered for an overseas profit, with our tax money. This is outrageous when most Americans don’t want this. And what is more American than our horses, which helped build our nation? Even if you don’t support animal rights, you must hate having your tax dollars wasted, when it doesn’t help anything.
Barbi Twins:
How can people help the horses or endangered wolves?
Ken Wahl:
Call your representatives in Congress and tell them you don’t want your tax dollars spent on slaughtering horses or wolves. This is our constitutional right to demand this.

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Meet the Author
With training in wildlife ecology, conservation medicine and comparative psychology, Dr. Schaul's contributions to Nat Geo Voices have covered a range of environmental and social topics. He draws particular attention to the plight of imperiled species highlighting issues at the juncture or nexus of sorta situ wildlife conservation and applied animal welfare. Sorta situ conservation practices are comprised of scientific management and stewardship of animal populations ex situ (in captivity / 'in human care') and in situ (free-ranging / 'in nature'). He also has a background in behavior management and training of companion animals and captive wildlife, as well as conservation marketing and digital publicity. Jordan has shared interviews with colleagues and public figures, as well as editorial news content. In addition, he has posted narratives describing his own work, which include the following examples: • Restoration of wood bison to the Interior of Alaska while (While Animal Curator at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and courtesy professor at the University of Alaska) • Rehabilitation of orphaned sloth bears exploited for tourists in South Asia (While executive consultant 'in-residence' at the Agra Bear Rescue Center managed by Wildlife SOS) • Censusing small wild cat (e.g. ocelot and margay) populations in the montane cloud forests of Costa Rica for popular publications with 'The Cat Whisperer' Mieshelle Nagelschneider • Evaluating the impact of ecotourism on marine mammal population stability and welfare off the coast of Mexico's Sea of Cortez (With Boston University's marine science program) Jordan was a director on boards of non-profit wildlife conservation organizations serving nations in Africa, North and South America and Southeast Asia. He is also a consultant to a human-wildlife conflict mitigation organization in the Pacific Northwest. Following animal curatorships in Alaska and California, he served as a charter board member of a zoo advocacy and outreach organization and later as its executive director. Jordan was a member of the Communication and Education Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (CEC-IUCN) and the Bear Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (BSG-SSC-IUCN). He has served on the advisory council of the National Wildlife Humane Society and in service to the Bear Taxon Advisory Group of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA Bear TAG). In addition he was an ex officio member of council of the International Association for Bear Research and Management. Contact Email: jordan@jordanschaul.com http://www.facebook.com/jordan.schaul https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordanschaul/ www.jordanschaul.com www.bicoastalreputationmanagement.com