On Tuesday, Oct. 9, Wayne Pacelle, the CEO and president of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), will be at the Golden Valley Animal Humane Society to promote his new book, The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call To Defend Them.
Pacelle is at the helm of the nation’s largest animal rights organization, which, according to their website, is supported by 11 million Americans.
While the nonprofit group is headquartered in Washington, D.C., Pacelle finds value in coming to Golden Valley to talk about his book as well as local issues, like the wolf hunt that is set to begin in Minnesota on Nov. 3.
“I’m sure almost everyone in Golden Valley would say they love dogs. But wolves aren’t that far from dogs. And now we’re going to be trapping and killing them,” Pacelle said. “The wolf is a wild dog. Can’t we do better?”
Pacelle says that the wolf hunt in Minnesota provides a good example of society's wavering relationship with animals, which is one of the themes in his book.
"There’s a bond that exists between people and animals," Pacelle said. "Yet, we live in a great moment of contradiction in our relationship with animals. One of my reasons for writing the book is to try to sort through these issues. We need to exhibit moral consistency in dealing with animals."
Pacelle hopes to listen to Golden Valley residents on Tuesday, and address the animal care issues that they think are important.
“I’ve had this bond with animals from my youngest days,” Pacelle said. “You would not find anyone who today would say it's OK to be cruel to animals, yet at the very same time, with all of those attitudes, we still have so much cruelty.”
You can meet Pacelle, learn about his book and ask questions on Tuesday, Oct. 9, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Golden Valley Animal Humane Society.