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Pacelle Kicks Off Book-Signing Tour

Taking "The Bond" on the road

  • Wayne Pacelle signed copies of his book, "The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them," in Washington, D.C. on April 5. Michelle Riley/ The HSUS

  • "The Bond" explores our instinctive connection with animals and the ways this bond has been broken. Michelle Riley/The HSUS

  • Pacelle will continue the conversation about important animal protection issues on his 50-city book tour. Michelle Riley/ The HSUS

It was standing-room only in the audience of a book-signing at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in downtown Washington, D.C., as HSUS president and CEO Wayne Pacelle kicked off his 50-city book tour on April 5. He talked with dozens of supporters and signed copies of new book, The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them.

Our reponsibility to protect other creatures

Pacelle spoke to the assembled crowd about the major animal protection issues he covers in The Bond, such as puppy mills, factory farming, animal fighting, and abuses of wildlife.

He also highlighted the central theme of the book—the instinctive connection we have with animals and our moral responsibility to protect them from cruelty.

“Animals give us so much joy,” he said. “They give us so much, and we should give a little back to them.” He also explained that how we treat animals affects who we are as people. “When we are kind to animals, it spills out throughout society.”

Many people in the audience asked questions about animal issues, and one attendee brought her rescued Great Pyrenees to say hello.

Join the conversation: attend an event near you »

Pacelle shared personal anecdotes from the book and from his decades as an animal protection advocate. He said that although a local animal shelter was right around the corner from his childhood home, his family purchased their West Highland terrier from a pet store without realizing that he probably came from an inhumane puppy mill.

That’s why awareness is so important, he said, because there are so many wonderful pets at shelters waiting for good homes.

Join the conversation about The Bond

This spring, Wayne Pacelle will be visiting other major cities across the United States to talk with supporters and sign copies of The Bond. You can join the conversation about celebrating animals and confronting cruelty by attending one of the upcoming events at a location near you.