The Bond

The Bond

Our Kinship With Animals, Our Call to Defend Them

Book - 2011
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"If the animals knew about this book they would, without doubt, confer on Wayne Pacelle, their highest honor."
--Jane Goodall

"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.

Publisher: New York : Morrow, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061969805
9780061969782
0061969788
Branch Call Number: 179.3 PACELLE
Characteristics: xv, 423 p. ; 24 cm

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rpavlacic
Aug 20, 2014

This book is a good chronicle of recent animal welfare history, including the Michael Vick affair, Sarah Palin encouraging wolf hunting from helicopters, and how tainted meat ended up in school lunches for years, undetected. A big surprise was the extent to which the government of Canada subsidizes the seal hunt. You won't necessarily go vegetarian after reading this book, but you will be shocked at how government and the agrifood business often works hand-in-hand and allows inhumane food processing practices to occur. More meat and dairy farmers are coming around to a back to basics type of farming, but as the book notes it often takes ballot initiatives to force the industry's hand. Especially disturbing is the role of the NRA and the American Kennel Club (among others) in fighting every common sense measure to ensure our pets come from reliable sources. You'd never think those two groups would be in the same company.

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HereHere
Aug 05, 2011

It is nice to see the HSUS is coming around to support the No Kill movement, although they definitely have their own spin on it. For more on this subject, check out Nathan WInograd's first book: Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America and his second book: Irreconcilable Differences (even better than the first). If your library doesn't have them, put in a request to purchase or arrange to donate a copy. Every library needs copies of these.
There is a section noting the hypocrisy of shelters who offer meat (animals they are supposed to be working to save) options at their functions.

debwalker May 29, 2011

When it comes to animals, "never before have we known" so much and "been so callous," writes Humane Society president Pacelle. In his call to arms, Pacelle explores the human-animal bond and the way we've thwarted it with puppy mills, inhumane treatment of livestock and caged shoots. Some reasons for hope: refuges like the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch for abused animals and new anticruelty legislation. Pacelle lists 50 ways to help, including fostering animals. Change is "a matter of choice," he writes, "and it begins with...us."

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HereHere
Aug 05, 2011

p220
"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."

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HereHere
Aug 05, 2011

p 214.
"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.]

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HereHere
Aug 05, 2011

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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