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

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

by Wayne Pacelle


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061969805
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/03/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 423
Sales rank: 646,022
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

As president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Wayne Pacelle leads the largest and most effective animal protection organization and one of the most dominant, high-impact non-profit groups of any kind. Placing special emphasis on transforming public policies and corporate behavior, he has been a primary strategist in securing the enactment of hundreds of state and federal animal-protection laws and helped drive reforms adopted by many of America’s biggest for-profit companies.  He’s been named an “Executive of the Year” by The Non-Profit Times; a contributor to influential newspapers and magazines, including Foreign Affairs; and author of the New York Times bestseller The Bond: Our Kindship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them. His blog, A Humane Nation, is published each weekday.  He received his B.A. in history and environmental studies from Yale University in 1987. Pacelle lives in Maryland with his wife Lisa Fletcher, a journalist, and their dog Lily and cat Zoe.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction: Sanctuary 1

Part I A Special Bond

1 The Ties that Bond 21

The Biochemistry of the Bond 24

Pet Keeping Through the Ages 30

Domesticated Animals: "Bonded to the House" 33

Animal Sacrifice: "The Perfect Gift" 40

Animal Welfare and the "Great Republic of the Future" 43

Self-Evident Truths 48

2 The Mismeasure of Animals 54

Thinking and Feeling: Shared Capacities 56

Denying Animal Intelligence 59

Signs of Change 66

Lifesaving Dolphins and Dogs, Altruistic Elephants, and Other Remarkable Animals 71

The Emotional Lives of Animals 79

Part II The Betrayal of the Bond

3 A Message From Hallmark: Exposing Factory Farming 91

The Slaughterhouse Next Door: Inside a California Meat Plant 94

The Hypocrisy of "Happy Cows" 105

Endless Denials: The Challenge of Reform 114

"The New Agriculture": The Ways of Industrial Farming 119

"Meat Science": Turkeys Who Can't Walk, Pigs Who Can't Move, and Other Victims of Agribusiness 125

Stirring the Silent Majority 130

4 A Culture of Cruelty: Animal Fighting in America 135

Bad Newz on Moonlight Road: Dogfighting Comes Out of the Shadows 137

Michael Vick and the Contradiction of Cruelty 145

Blood Sport Through the Ages 153

"The Feathered Warrior" 157

"I Won't Disappoint You" 172

5 For the Love of Pets 177

Katrina and the Human-Animal Bond 180

The Animals in Our Lives 190

In the Name of Mercy: Animal Shelters and the Problem of Euthanasia 196

Factory Farms for Dogs: The Tragedy of Puppy Mills 204

The AKC and "the Maintenance of Purity" 209

Nothing Fancy: The Costs of Reckless Breeding 217

6 The Cull of the Wild 222

Unfaithful Stewards: Betraying Yellowstone's Bison 225

Killing and Longing: The Lessons of TR 233

The Era of Rational Slaughter 239

"Let's Kill them All": The Attack on Alaska's Wolves 243

"Garbagingfor Bears": Commercial Hunting and Contemptible Conduct 248

The Face of Innocence and the Shame of Canada 253

Part III Building a Humane World

7 Cruelty and its Defenders 269

The Moral Scale and Humane Living 272

Rhetorical Camouflage: Debating Opponents of Animal Protection 277

Collateral Damage and the NRA 284

"The Agro-Industrial Complex": Harvesting Subsidies 294

"The Rising Plague" and the Veterinary Oath 302

8 The Humane Economy 312

"Creative Destruction" and Living Capital 314

Wild Neighbors 326

Chemistry and Compassion 333

Twenty-First-Century Science 338

Innovation and the Spark of Life 344

Appendix: Fifty Ways to Help Animals 351

Acknowledgments 357

Notes 363

Index 409

What People are Saying About This

Jeffrey Masson

Majestic in sweep and beautifully written, The Bond is a monumental achievement. I can’t think of any other book that is so valuable. It is truly wonderful!”

John Mackey

The Bond is the best overall book on animals I have ever read. Brilliant and moving, it will change the way we see the world and the way we see ourselves.”

Jane Goodall

“If the animals knew about this book, they would, without doubt, confer on Wayne Pacelle, their highest honor.”

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