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The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals Paperback – March 21, 2017
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“The Humane Economy is a brilliant book that celebrates the truth: our economic wellbeing is inextricably linked to the wellbeing of animals. This book is an important moral and pragmatic blueprint for humane, enlightened prosperity for all.” (U.S. Senator Cory Booker)
“Invigorating. ... Pacelle has accomplished remarkable things with his business-friendly, non-confrontational approach, and anyone concerned with the lives and deaths of animals should be grateful he’s out there.” (Salon)
“[A] fascinating read about big thinkers, investors and others who are seeking new ways of doing business with less animal suffering.” (Kathleen Parker, Chicago Tribune)
“[An] excellent new book. ... This is a humane revolution, and Pacelle... has been at the forefront of it. ... At a time when the world is a mess, Pacelle outlines a hopeful vision.” (Nicholas Kristof, New York Times)
“Essential reading for anyone interested in animal welfare. This fabulous book reveals the inside story of how the fight against human cruelty to animals is gradually being won. A fascinating, highly readable, and remarkably comprehensive book.” (Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace)
“A critically important read for anyone who cares about business succes or animals -- or, like so many of us, both.” (Jack Welch, founder of the Jack Welch Management Institute)
“The Humane Economy reminds us that in order to reach their highest ethical potential, businesses must embrace the values of protecting animals and eliminating cruelty. I recommend this book to every consumer and corporate CEO. It’s a 21st century blueprint for both conscious business and social progress.” (John Mackey, co-CEO and founder, Whole Foods Market)
“The Humane Economy traces the economic impact of the public’s concern for animals across a wide range of animal abuses.” (Peter Singer, The New York Review of Books)
“An important book. I would urge you to purchase it and learn for yourself how the welfare of animals is changing the world.” (Cathy Kangas, Huffington Post)
“Shines a light on the ways leaders are stepping up, innovating, and transforming the economy to make the world a better place--for humans and for animals.” (Mark R. Tercek, President and CEO of the Nature Conservancy, America's largest environmental charity)
“A compelling book with a special message.” (Fred Barnes, Wall Street Journal)
“A beacon of hope… [and] a must-read book.” (Chattanooga Pulse)
“[In] a hopeful follow-up to his 2011 best seller, The Bond, Pacelle explores how innovative entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 CEOs, and scientists are rallying around this social movement and leading us forward by eliminating cruel historic practices.” (Philadelphia Style)
“Pacelle presents impressive evidence of successful campaigns that have helped reduce the suffering of many nonhuman animals. ... These victories are real, and more will follow.” (Foreign Affairs)
“An eloquent new book... by the innovative president/CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, Wayne Pacelle.” (Georgie Anne Geyer, The Auburn Citizen)
“For anyone who cares about an issue, but thinks it’s too big or unwieldy to ever make a dent, Pacelle’s approach to animal welfare will be inspirational.” (Michael Ian Black, How to Be Amazing)
“[Pacelle’s] book is a call to clothe, feed, and entertain people without victimizing animals.” (Forbes)
From the Back Cover
From the leader of the Humane Society of the United States comes an inspiring frontline account of how individuals’ conscience and creativity can address society’s widespread mistreatment of animals: by bringing our moral values in line with our business practices, the “humane economy” is driving a revolution that is changing forever how we create wealth and treat our fellow living creatures
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Nevertheless, I'm glad that I did read this book. I'm not too proud to admit I was ignorant of many practices revealed in this book. I learned a lot that I needed to know, and I also learned some practical ways to make a difference.
THE HUMANE ECONOMY is not designed to just make you feel guilty, and then set you loose. Rather, the theme presented here is that it's possible to DO lots of constructive things to end animal abuse. Mr Pacelle documents cases that have changed for the better, with lots of hard work (and sometimes pressure applied to the right people.)
One of the first chapters is a case study on PetSmart and Petco. The author shows how these corporations decided to stop supporting the puppy mill business, and instead, use their stores as animal adoption locations. (I have personally visited these adoption days at both these stores.)
When money is involved, the author explains, it will likely be very difficult to convince a corporation to give up products in the name of animal welfare. But it can be done, as Mr. Pacelle documents. In the chapter, "A Capitalist Revolution Frees the Pigs, we see how McDonald's corporation was pressured by none other than Carl Ichan. Ultimately, after much cajoling, they agreed to not buy pork originating from breeding cages called "gestation stalls." I confess I had never heard of this form of animal abuse before, and I'm delighted that McDonald's agreed to stop supporting the practice.
The author explains the key difficulty in getting traction on animal abuse cases. It's simply that most people are distant from the actual animal abuse. Most folks have no idea where the chicken meat came from, or how puppy mills operate. So, people might unwittingly buy a product associated with animal abuse, but they don't actually see the abuse themselves. "Perhaps you may know in the back of your mind that there is more than a strong residue of cruelty in such products, but almost never focus on the painful details. You become an unwitting or passive commercial partner in these enterprises..."
"One challenging problem for us, in modern society, is that we can be so disassociated from the reality of exploitation, removing the urgency and even the moral influence or relevance of an issue." Few people would agree to set a horrible trap for an animal, but behind closed doors, we use "proxies" who do the dirty deed. But we can easily turn away--it's remote from us.
Towards the end of the book the author exhorts us to be creative, find ways to be humane: "Once awakened and informed about animals, there's nothing to stop us from demonstrating our particular creative genius to find more humane ways to do business."
So all-in-all, I cannot honestly say I enjoyed reading THE HUMANE ECONOMY. Actually, I did not enjoy reading this book. However, I'm glad I did. It opened my eyes to certain practices that I wish to see stopped. The author does a good job of documenting the problem and giving us some specific ways to help solve it.
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After seeing Wayne Pacelle on the Bill Maher HBO Real Time show this past week, May 2016, I decided to read the reviews of this latest book. In Maher's interview, Pacelle was well spoken and sensible... relatively speaking, one of the lone voices against a likely societal misconception of the entire animal-industrial complex. So, I was a little surprised to see two clearly single-star ratings. In reading them, I got a bit suspicious about the motivations of the reviewers due to the fact that they both threw out some serious innuendo. The first one-star review by "Ted" at least started off sounding unbiased, kudos, but ended up throwing in other radical statements that are likely meant to discount the author and the overall vision of a better world. The second one-star review was simply a cut/paste of what turns out to be a Washington Lobby against HSUS run by Rick Bearman.
This was what my simple Google search turned up, from San Diego News Channel 8...
According to the CEO of HSUS, Wayne Pacelle, the organization is being attacked in part because of a decade long campaign by Washington lobbyist Richard Berman. Berman, according to Pacelle, represents restaurants, the meat industry and other groups against animal welfare organizations.
“This is a front group funded by animal abuse organizations attacking us for ten-years. Badge of honor, we're doing our job just right,” said Pacelle.
CBS News 8 reached out to the Center for Organizational research and education. A spokesman said its executive director is Rick Berman and said the organization stands behind their anti-humane society campaign.
They accuse the HSUS of deceptive advertising and using donor money to push a radical political agenda.
So ... all that said, based on the original HBO interview and the mud slinging of the two one-star reviews, I WILL indeed be buying and reading this book. Stay tuned....
Make a point of buying this book.
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