April 4, 2011
The Bond Opens a "National Conversation" on Animals
HSUS President & CEO Wayne Pacelle explains relationship with Michael Vick, calls for deep reforms in the business of factory farming, and points the way to a new humane economy
WASHINGTON – Inside Leavenworth prison to meet Michael Vick just before his release and his attempted re-entry to the NFL. Behind the scenes in Chino, Calif. where the sickening mistreatment of downer cows led to the nation’s largest meat recall. Onto the Atlantic ice floes of Canada where the largest marine mammal slaughter occurs.
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, leads readers on a sobering, and ultimately uplifting journey, in his new book, “The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them.” The 403-page work, published by William Morrow/Harper Collins, goes on sale tomorrow, and Pacelle begins what is expected to be a 50-city book tour.
During a quarter-century of leadership in the animal welfare movement, most of it as an executive at The HSUS, Pacelle has become America’s foremost voice for the humane treatment of all animals. He and HSUS have been singled out by agribusiness interests, the trophy hunting lobby, the puppy mill industry, and other industries as the single greatest threats to the status quo. The Bond, Pacelle’s first book, represents a life’s work – seeking to disentangle the contradictory attitudes in our relationship with animals, and defining a better path forward with a 21st Century “humane economy.”
The book begins with an engaging, and surprise-filled, look at the biological and social underpinnings of the human-animal bond. In the second section, Pacelle leads readers to a deeper understanding of where and how this bond has been broken, laying out the stunning abuses that have become normalized in many industries and deconstructing the arguments of the interest groups that defend the status quo. The book concludes with an incisive look at how the status-quo can be overcome with the creation of a new humane economy built on celebration, stewardship, and compassion for animals.
“I am excited to have a national conversation about animal issues with the publication of this book,” notes Pacelle. “But with a new understanding, action must follow. There are so many people who care about animals in our nation, and the shabby, merciless treatment of animals must stop, including on factory farms, in testing laboratories, and in the wild.”A schedule of his public appearances can be found at humanesociety.org/thebond.
Early notices rave about the sweep and impact of The Bond. “…If the animals knew about this important book they would, without doubt, confer on Wayne their highest honor,” wrote Jane Goodall. Author Ted Kerasote said, “One cannot read this book without coming away moved, disturbed, and compelled to reappraise one’s own actions.” Alexandra Horowitz says that “No animal escapes Wayne Pacelle’s attention; nor should his book escape any human animal’s attention.”
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