The Bond between human beings and other animals

Apr 14, 2011

The President and CEO of the Humane Society, Wayne Pacelle, implores humanity to consider a kinship with the rest of the Animal Kingdom in his book, <I>The Bond</i>. He creates a mosaic of the animal world: Life-saving dolphins come to the rescue of human beings about to be eaten by sharks; cattle and other livestock endure the solitude of a box without ever setting foot on soil as they await their slaughter; and Michael Vick confesses the ambivalent feelings toward the canine community that led him to befriend pit bulls and also set them loose at each others’ throats for blood sport. In the final pages, Mr. Pacelle recommends “Fifty Ways To Help Animals:” the first action-item on his list is “reduce your consumption of meat and other animal-based foods.”

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