Your Letters: Humane Society CEO; Japan Radiation

We talked with Wayne Pacelle last week, president and CEO of the Humane Society. We also had a heated debate on our site following a report by NPR's Joe Palca on the risk, or lack of it, of radiation exposure from Japan's badly damaged nuclear plant. Host Scott Simon reads listeners' e-mails and comments.

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

Time now for Your Letters.

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SIMON: We talked with Wayne Pacelle last week, president and CEO of the Humane Society. His new book is The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them. He talked about his relationship with Michael Vick, who spent more than a year in prison for dog fighting crimes.

Marty Siegrist writes in website: Michael Vick is a well-paid pro athlete, which makes him a stand up guy in the eyes of many. But I doubt his character has undergone any real transformation. But the Humane Society and Mr. Pacelle have embraced him so enthusiastically says much for where their interest truly lie.

But Ashley Downs of Portland, Oregon writes: Thank you, Wayne Pacelle, for showing the compassion always overpowers anger and spite.

Quick correction. Story last week on the so-called Beatnik Riot at 50 years ago referred to documentary filmmakers using video equipment. Ralph Tesum(ph) points out over Twitter: filmmakers shot film in 1961.

Last Saturday, NPR's Joe Palca reported on whether the risk of radiation exposure from Japan's badly damaged nuclear plant is as serious as many think. That story started a heated debate on npr.org. Steve Silver writes: I think theres an even illogical conclusion being drawn here. That because theres radiation occurring naturally and because the fears in and outside of Japan may be overblown, there's nothing to fear about nuclear power.

And Jeff Schmidt says NPR is simply trying to put things into perspective for people. The point is isn't that there's no such thing as an unsafe level of radiation. The point is that the levels being detected at sites remote to the plant are so low that they are not yet unsafe.

And many comments about our interview last week with Gary Player. Rebecca Cooper-Dupin tweets: it was great and I dont even like golf.

Well, we sure like your comments. Go to npr.org, click on the Contact Us link. You can also post a comment on Facebook or Twitter at NPRWEEKEND. You can send me a tweet at nprscottsimon.

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