A couple nights ago I attended a speech by Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The speech was at a bookstore where he was promoting his new book,
This is a video of Mr. Pacelle describing his book.
From my memory, here are a few key insights he made in his speech:
Humans have an instinctual connection to animals.
The debate about whether or not animals deserve protection from cruelty has been largely settled in this country. Now we just have to match up our values to our economics.
The Humane Society is a big tent organization. Whether you’re a hard-core vegan or a die-hard carnivore, we have room for you. Everyone can do something for animals.
Our choice between a fur coat, cloth coat, or synthetic coat is of little significance to us. But it’s a matter of life or death for animals.
If everyone reduced their meat consumption by 10% that could prevent more suffering than if the number of vegans doubled.
It’s not about animal rights; it’s about human responsibility.
Have you seen Pacelle speak? What did you think of his talk?