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May 02, 2011

Meet Wayne Pacelle

Wayne Pacelle
Discussing and signing
The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them
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Monday, May 9, 6:30pm
Books & Books, Coral Gables

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. imageThe president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, unveils the deep links of the human–animal bond, as well as the conflicting impulses that have led us to betray this bond through widespread and systematic cruelty to animals. During a quarter-century of leadership, most of it at the HSUS, Pacelle has become America’s foremost voice for those who cannot speak in their own defense, and has helped to bring animal protection from the margins to the mainstream.

In a narrative both sobering and uplifting, The Bond argues that humans have an instinctive connection with animals––a connection Pacelle has felt acutely for as long as he can remember. As he shows in The Bond, other creatures maintain a powerful hold on our hearts and minds. In America, we have more than 170 million dogs and cats in our homes, and there are 70 million wildlife watchers. Together these animal lovers spend more than $100 billion a year on pets and wildlife.

The Bond is a literate and highly engaging reflection on our relationship with animals, with a look at the origins of the human–animal bond, the severing of that bond in the industrial era, and a workable vision of growing economies free from the harsh exploitation of animals. So many cruelties are inflicted on animals, but the good news is that we humans have the power to turn this situation around.

About the Author:

During his 17 years with the Humane Society of the United States, including seven as president and CEO, Wayne Pacelle has played a leading role in transforming the HSUS, the nation’s largest animal protection charity, into a dynamic public force and voice for all animals.  Taking a special interest in law reform, he has been the leading strategist for more than a score of successful ballot initiatives that outlawed cockfighting, cruel factory farming practices, bear baiting, negligent puppy mill operations and a host of other inhumane practices. He has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times, and has appeared on almost all of the major network television programs––from 60 Minutes to the News Hour with Jim Lehrer. In 2008, The Los Angeles Times reported, “Pacelle has retooled a venerable organization seen as a mild-mannered protector of dogs and cats into an aggressive interest group flexing muscle in state legislatures and courtrooms.” Pacelle was named one of NonProfit Times’ “Executives of the Year” in 2005 for his leadership in responding to the Hurricane Katrina crisis. Pacelle received his B.A. in History and Studies in the Environment from Yale University in 1987.


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