Plenty of books on the human-animal bond have appeared lately, but this one is special: the author is the high-profile president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. The book is rich with anecdotes (like Pacelle's confronting seal clubbers and Michael Vicks), and profits go to the Humane Society. With a 100,000-copy first printing and a six-city tour.[Page 47]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, describes in explicit detail almost every conceivable instance of animal abuse, neglect, and cruelty, including factory farming, slaughterhouse practices, dog fighting, cock fighting, puppy mill breeding, animal experimentation, the fur trade, land management practices, their treatment during Hurricane Katrina, and unethical hunting. He even takes swipes at the very organizations that ostensibly promote animal welfare, such as municipal animal shelters, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Kennel Club. He also discusses legislation and the various means by which abusers circumvent regulations. Finally, Pacelle offers humane alternatives and suggests 50 ways individuals can help end the cruelty. VERDICT This well-argued, well-documented, and deeply disturbing book is an essential for pet owners, animal lovers, animal science students, and anyone concerned with the ethical treatment of animals. Pacelle's notoriety and a media campaign will also spark demand.--Florence Scarinci, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY[Page 103]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The Humane Society of the United States does more than work to save puppies and kittens. As Pacelle, its president and CEO, relates, the organization has worked to protect farm animals, pets, and wild animals, helping push forward legislation banning the production of downer cows (those too sick or weak to stand), bolstering laws banning cockfighting and dog fighting, and documenting the slaughter of bison and wolves at Yellowstone National Park. Pacelle believes that "a bond with animals is built into every one of us" and explores these bonds, along with the battles the HSUS has fought. The science and history of the animal-human bond, on the other hand, receives little attention, and Pacelle's first book often jumps abruptly across topics. But Pacelle's accounts are engaging and readers interested in learning more about the HSUS will enjoy the many vivid, poignant stories. Pacelle offers a list of "Fifty Ways to Help Animals," ranging from political activities to shopping, giving readers the means to affect change in the lives of animals and perhaps strengthen their own bond with them in the bargain. (Apr.)[Page ]. Copyright 2010 PWxyz LLC