Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO of The Humane Society of The United States–and author

Wayne Pacelle–The President & CEO of The Humane Society Of The United States (HSUS), the country’s largest animal protection organization, with upwards of 11 million members–discusses his new book, “The Bond: Our Kinship With Animals, Our Call To Defend Them.” 

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He explains his chief motivations for writing the book, and his expectations for it, including the intended gambits (beyond peddling books) underneath the 75-stop book tour. Wayne also addresses the bill introduced by Florida State Senator Jim Norman making it a crime to take photos or video of a farm or its animals without the property owner’s consent, how Norman significantly scaled back the initial version of the bill to increase its prospects of passing, how there’s a counterpart bill pending in Iowa, and HSUS efforts to combat the bills. He spends considerable time assessing his decision to enlist Michael Vick in HSUS’ ongoing campaign against dogfighting (something we discussed at length in our Sept. 2009 conversation), which has become a deeply polarizing issue inside and outside the animal welfare. He also touches on the Taking Action For Animals conference HSUS holds in Washington, DC each summer, and responds to listener calls and e-mails.(www.HumaneSociety.org)

ALSO: We spoke briefly with Yvonne Guibert, proprietor of Groovy Cats & Dogs, who told us about her store, about healthy pet food and about the Natural Wellness Pet Expo that Groovy was to host that Saturday. (www.GroovyCatsnDogs.com)

COMEDY CORNER: Jackie Kashian’s “Animals” (www.JackieKashian.net)

MUSIC:Jeff Beck’s version of “Tiger Rag,” Cracker’s “Guarded By Monkeys,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Rondellus’ version of “War Pigs”

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About the author
Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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