The Humane Economy: Animal Rights, Seaworld, and the Future?

HarperCollins 2016

The UCI Law Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources presents Wayne Pacelle (President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States) in a discussion of his newest book: The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals (HarperCollins 2016).

February 13, 2017
12:05–1:00 p.m.
EDU 1111

Wayne Pacelle

The Humane Society of the United States

As president and CEO of the nation’s largest animal protection organization, Wayne Pacelle is at the helm of a massive mission to drive animal welfare changes across different sectors of the economy – inside boardrooms, newsroom studios, courtrooms and the halls of Congress and state legislatures throughout the country. The author of The New York Times best-seller, The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them, Pacelle appears frequently as a guest on national news shows and as a speaker at conferences and universities, and is the author of a powerful treatise published this year in Foreign Affairs called “The Long Road to Animal Welfare.” He lives and works in Washington, D.C.

The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals

HarperCollins, 2016

From the leader of the nation’s most powerful animal-protection organization comes a frontline account of how conscience and creativity are driving a revolution in American business that is changing forever how we treat animals and create wealth. Wayne Pacelle reveals how entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 CEOs, world-class scientists, philanthropists, and a new class of political leaders are driving the burgeoning, unstoppable growth of the “humane economy.”

Every business grounded on animal exploitation, Pacelle argues, is ripe for disruption. Each one of us is, and will be, touched by this far-reaching transformation in food and agriculture; in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and cosmetics industries; in film, television, and live entertainment; in tourism and wildlife management; in the pet trade for dogs and cats and exotic wildlife; and in fur and leather fashions. Collectively it promises to relieve or end the suffering of billions of creatures, while allowing businesses aligned with the best instincts and values of their customers to flourish. 

The book features corporations like Petco and PetSmart, having turned the conventional pet store model on its head by forswearing puppy mill suppliers in favor of shelter dogs; major food retailers like Whole Foods, Chipotle, Costco, and Walmart that are now embracing animal welfare policies aimed at reforming animal agriculture; and major cosmetics makers, such as John Paul Mitchell Systems, Lush, and The Body Shop now investing in non-animal testing methods. The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals explores how our everyday economic decisions impact the survival and wellbeing of animals, and how we can make choices that better support them.

At once a major examination of the economics of animal exploitation and a powerful call-to-action, The Humane Economy tells a story happening in real time of businesses succeeding – indeed thriving – as they embrace the sensibilities and values of the 21st century.