Our Kinship With Animals, Our Call to Defend ThemBook - 2011 | 1st ed.
The president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States explores the special bond between humans and their animal friends. 100,000 first printing.
“If the animals knew about this book they would, without doubt, confer on Wayne Pacelle, their highest honor.”
“The Bond is the best overall book on animals I have ever read. Brilliant and moving.”
—John Mackey, CEO and Co-founder of Whole Foods Market
“The Bond is at once heart-breaking and heart-warming. No animal escapes Wayne Pacelle’s attention; nor should his book escape any human animal’s attention.”
—Alexandra Horowitz, New York Times Bestselling Author of Inside of a Dog
The president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, the world’s largest animal protection organization, Wayne Pacelle brings us The Bond, a heartfelt, eye-opening exploration of the special bond between animals and humans. With the poignant insight of Animals Make Us Human and the shocking reality of Fast Food Nation—filled with history, valuable insights, and fascinating stories of the author’s experience in the field—The Bond is an important investigation into all the ways we can repair our broken bond with the animal kingdom and a thrilling chronicle of one man’s extraordinary contribution to that effort.
Explores the special bond between humans and animals, discussing research on the emotional capabilities of animals, examples of their inhumane treatments, and the ways in which a more humane agenda can be implemented through legal reforms.
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"Reform in the world of breed fancy in the United States is long overdue. The gene pools of certain breeds must be infused with new genetic material, and freakish conformity standards must be overhauled."
"The best use of pedigree papers is for house-breaking your dog," says veterinarian and animal behaviorist Michael Fox, for many years a staff expert as HSUS. "They don't mean a damn thing. You can have an immune-deficient puppy that is about to go blind and has epilepsy, hip dysplasia, hemophilia and one testicle, and the AKC will register it." [Note, this is in the section on puppy mills, and how many, many people don't realize their pets come from puppymills. Same goes for purebred cats purchased online, etc. The America Kennel Club (AKC) is in the business of enabling puppy mills because they need the money from the papers described above.]
p200 "Shelters," he said in a 1989 essay entitled "In the Name of Mercy," "represent the last line of defense for homeless animals, and if they fail to wage a full-scale war on behalf of these beings, they cannot rightfully call themselves a shelter - which, by any definition except that of our movement, is a safe haven."
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