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

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For Animal lovers

better understand its past, present and future link to animals and the need to protect animals from humanity. Divided into seven chapters and an appendix, The Bond is an easy well written read. Wayne Pacelle, the head of The Humane Society of The United States, assume...
better understand its past, present and future link to animals and the need to protect animals from humanity. Divided into seven chapters and an appendix, The Bond is an easy well written read. Wayne Pacelle, the head of The Humane Society of The United States, assumes his audience is intelligent and open minded; as besides a biochemical tie, animals have been pets even in ancient societies and some species were domesticated millennia ago; people refused to leave New Orleans knowing Katrina would be devastating because they could not leave family behind (that family were pets). Anecdotal entries enhance Mr. Pacelle's call to arms as he explains the history of man and animal bonds and how to protect species like the California condor from lead poisoning. Perhaps the most interesting chapter is the last as Mr. Pacelle analyzes opponents of animal protection who argue everything from second amendment rights to human needs. There is also a warning not to fall for "altruistic" groups with positive sounding labels asking for help as some of these are animal abusers. Instead the author provides "Fifty Ways to Help Animals" with contact information

posted by harstan on April 4, 2011

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11 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

The Bond

I am retired and have been a full time activist for several years now. Mr. Pacelle has pulled together alot of information that was available to the public had anybody taken the time to look. Mr. Pacelle is plenty smart enough to know this. I was familiar with much(NOT ...
I am retired and have been a full time activist for several years now. Mr. Pacelle has pulled together alot of information that was available to the public had anybody taken the time to look. Mr. Pacelle is plenty smart enough to know this. I was familiar with much(NOT ALL) of the information in the book(MINUS SOME DETAILS). He has one big advantage over most of us, in that he gets to travel first hand to see things! There are no new or brilliant ideas in this book. Yes! I did read the book! I did not need to read this book to know that everything on this earth is bonded. We have all been drinking the same water for billions of years. I did not need to read this book to know the different forms of animal cruelty that exist;and that tradition, religon, culture, race, economics and other factors influence how we interact with our environment(animals, plants, other people,etc.). He gets 2 stars for effort and it was a LONG book! This book would be good for people who know nothing about animals, but will these be the people that buy the book? I KNOW I am going to get raked over the coals for these next comments, but I feel a little background information is necessary. Mr. Pacelle was always my hero till I met him. He was in town several times in connection with a VERY important ballot initiative I was heavily involved with. We are still battling it out with Missouri legislators. He was one of the coldest, egotistical, most calculating people I have ever met. He cares nothing about people or who he hurts in his quest to make a name for himself and money. He is driven to excel, and has carved his niche at HSUS. He cares more about his own success than he does animals. His quest for success has led to legislation that has improved the lives of animals. I am grateful for this. So much for my hero!

posted by lacebra on April 12, 2011

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

    The cold hard truth

    An excellent but heart breaking book. Not for the faint hearted; at times the descriptions were so visual that I had to sit the book down. Regardless i kept coming back, because the truth no matter how hard, must be heard.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    good read

    enjoyable

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

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    You will never look at animals the same way again! An eye-openin

    You will never look at animals the same way again! An eye-opening book!

    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, slaughterhouses that produce our meat products, dog fighting and other animal blood sports such as hunting, National Park malpractices, science labs, fur industry businesses, and reckless breeding practices. The stories contained in this book are not for the faint of heart and likely to produce quite a few vegetarians after reading this book.

    This book takes cruelty to animals to a whole new level exposing about every single possibility you can think of. This is definitely a pro-life book at the protection against animals everywhere and a definite must read if you have no idea of what goes on when it comes to anything to do with animals and animal rights. I'm sure you've all heard of one animal protection group at one time or another and this book takes a great majority of those situations and compiles them into one concise book.

    I received this book compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review and honestly believed this to be a book about the bond we share with our animal friends. Even so, looking at it in its entirety, as a reader who may be a bit naive on the subject of the practices of some forms of animal cruelty, this was an eye opener. The one thing I did love is a chapter devoted to things you can do to lend a hand to preventing animal cruelty and loads of tips and websites to check into. I highly recommend this book to readers who are against animal cruelty and for anyone wanting to know more into what goes on when it comes to the care and uses of our animal friends. For me, as a Christian, I personally feel an obligation to care for our animals as the stewards of the Earth that God has placed in our hands. For that reason I rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

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