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The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them

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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, an ...more
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Published (first published March 15th 2011)
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Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a great book. To be honest, I was expecting The Bond to be something along the lines of the book Why Animals Matter--an “Animal Protection 101” primer on the issues that wouldn’t be as useful to seasoned advocates. I’m pleased to report that my first impression was wrong, and longtime animal advocates will find as much valuable material in The Bond as newcomers to the issues.

Pacelle begins with an overview of the history of the human-animal bond, a connection that stretches back to th
Edward Sullivan
If you are already knowledgable about and active in the animal welfare movement, there's not much in this book that will be news to you. This is, however, an excellent introduction and overview of animal welfare history and issues. A great title for high school library collections.
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really opened my eyes to a lot of animal welfare issues going on in the United States. I had been considering going vegetarian for several years, and this book gave me the push I needed to finally take the plunge.

I also was expecting this book to mainly be about the history of human relationships with companion animals. To my surprise, there was much, much more included in the book, but I was not upset by this. I enjoyed learning more about issues I had no idea about, such as hunting
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals
The author of THE BOND: OUR KINSHIP WITH ANIMALS, OUR CALL TO DEFEND THEM is Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). If you’ve ever checked his articles on or on his Facebook page, you already know about his passion for animal issues. His concerns on the Internet are obvious, too, in this book with its theme of human responsibility to animals.

THE BOND begins with description of the bond we have had with animals through the ages. From there
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, favorites
In The Bond, Wayne Pacelle delivers a systematic analysis of our treatment of animals from those that we keep as pets, those that are raised for food, service animals, and those that live in the wild.

Pacelle touches on the disturbingly cruel behavior of Michael Vicks and his dog fighting friends. Pacelle interviews Vicks and we learn how the athlete became so deeply involved in dog fighting and the manner and nature of his "conversion" to an advocate for animal rights. The sincerity of his conv
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
On the cover of the New York Times Bestseller, The Bond by Wayne Pacelle, depicts a young child hugging a dog in a field and immediately the readers thoughts are that this is a book about the bond we feel to our animal friends/pets but do not be deceived.

Wayne Pacelle is the President and CEO for the Humane Society of the United States and author of this novel. In it, the reader is exposed to the practices that go on around the world in regards to the treatment of animals, from puppy mills, slau
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not what I usually think of as a "good read." However, it is a well written and compelling look into humankind's relationship with animals. First, there is a case made for our connectedness to animals. Most of the book, though, provides insight into the different ways that mankind can be abusive/cruel to animals: the plight of cows, pigs, and chickens on the mega farms that provide so much of the meat we eat to dogfighting (including much on Michael Vick) to the barbaric way baby se ...more
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Animal and Nature Lovers; Activists
Shelves: non-fiction
This may be the most disturbing book I have ever read, or at least in a very long time. The cover and title are deceptive, making you think this is one more endearing book about pets. Instead this book by the CEO of the American Humane Society addresses every crime against animals you can imagine. Covers factory farming practices, fighting practices (think Michael Vick), puppy mills, fur trade, fishing practices, National Park malpractices, population control, science lab practices and more. Dis ...more
Alicia Terrill (ReadCover2Cover)
If you care about animals being treated humanely, this is the book to read. It was really well-written and very interesting. It was split into three parts. The first section was all about the bond between humans and animals. It included a lot of research about their similarities to us and stories about amazing things they've done. The second section focused on "the betrayal of the bond" and the horrible things humans have done (and are still doing) to animals. This section was hard to read, but ...more
Apr 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was absorbed by this book. It was an informative, nonjudgmental introduction to the world of animal welfare that I felt was so worth reading. There were a lot of interesting insights to the world of animal activism, particularly regarding the law. I learned a lot, and was reintroduced to my love of animals. The parts on factory farming were particularly close to home, because of my recent abandonment of my vegetarian lifestyle. I'm definitely reconsidering my priorities when it comes to my die ...more
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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 nations 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 initiativ ...more
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“In our day, there are stresses and fractures of the human-animal bond, and some forces at work would sever it once and for all. They pull us in the wrong direction and away from the decent and honorable code that makes us care for creatures who are entirely at our mercy. Especially within the last two hundred years, we've come to apply an industrial mind-set to the use of animals, too often viewing them as if they were nothing but articles of commerce and the raw material of science, agriculture, and wildlife management. Here, as in other pursuits, human ingenuity has a way of outrunning human conscience, and some things we do only because we can--forgetting to ask whether we should.” 6 likes
“Often the greatest challenge of the animal welfare movement is to remind people of the things they already know to be true-that to mistreat any animal is beneath us, that cruelty of any kind is dishonorable and inexcusable, and that we all have duties of kindness and self-restraint in the treatment of our fellow creatures.” 4 likes
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