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Wayne Pacelle Fights for the Vulnerable

As CEO of the Humane Society of the US, Wayne Pacelle led the non-profit animal welfare organization in its fight for the passage of more than 500 new state laws since 2005, and over the past decade, helped bring about more than 25 federal statutes to protect animals. On April 17, he visits New Canaan Library to talk about his new book, "The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them," which distills his experiences in these efforts.

As he travels around the country on his book tour, Pacelle hopes to generate community conversations to galvanize us to look more closely at our treatment of animals. Among the book's objectives, he says, is to present the idea of a revamped economy, a more humane one. Pacelle says, "we can be good to animals and also not put ourselves or society at a disadvantage. When our opponents argue that it’s one or the other, they’re offering a false choice." In "The Bond" Pacelle refutes their arguments. A Yale graduate, Pacelle has been president of HSUS since 2004. For about a decade prior, he was in the legislative trenches as the non-profit's chief lobbyist. In addition to the many legal protections he's helped bring about for animals, during his tenure as CEO, he worked to fold some important animal advocacy organizations into the HSUS family. These include The Fund for Animals founded by the late Cleveland Amory and The Doris Day Animal League , among others. With five animal care centers, HSUS now oversees more animals than any other organization in the United States.

Expect to be inspired and impressed by Pacelle's work which he describes as "a calling, [that has] been a high purpose for me to devote my life to improving the lives of animals and reminding people of their responsibilities to the vulnerable." His talk begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free. For more information, visit the Library's website .

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