Nonfiction Short Take: The Humane Economy – Wayne Pacelle

 Pacelle has been the head of The Humane Society for more than a decade and during that time the organization has moved to the forefront of groups dedicated to transforming our relationship with animals. This new book is a sweeping look at the way industry and individuals are integrating compassion and stewardship into their treatment and use of animals. The book has been endorsed by a number of CEO’s, including Whole Foods founds John Mackey who says,

The Humane Economy reminds us that in order to reach their highest ethical potential, businesses must embrace the values of protecting animals and eliminating cruelty. This is particularly true for companies that use animals in their supply chain, in research and development, and in other substantial ways. I recommend this book to every consumer and corporate CEO. It’s a 21st century blueprint for both conscious business and social progress.”

More than a business book, The Humane Society outlines the entry points for ethical behavior towards animals in everyone’s daily lives. Fans of Jonathan Safron Foer’s Eating Animals might well be drawn to the examination how to become part of larger culture change around this issue.

“Pacelle makes his case for The Humane Economy with much research, many anecdotes, and the same precision that characterized his first book. Throughout the author is focused and makes it easy to see the logical and ethical sense, in additional to the economic sense, of so many decisions. Ultimately we see that consumers, whether it be of companion animals, food, cosmetics, or tourism, can have and are having a major impact on how business is done. This is cause for great optimism even as we remember that there is always need for more progress. At least we seem to be headed in the right direction.”
— Bobby Ray, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Lexington, KY

The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals (9780062389640) by Wayne Pacelle. $26.99 hardcover. 4/19/16 on sale.

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