Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Hypocrisy of "The Bond"

“I don’t have a hands-on fondness for animals…To this day I don’t feel bonded to any non-human animal. I like them and I pet them and I’m kind to them, but there’s no special bond between me and other animals.

Wayne Pacelle quoted in Bloodties: Nature, Culture and the Hunt by Ted Kerasote, 1993, p. 251.

When asked if he envisioned a future without pets, "If I had my personal view, perhaps that might take hold. In fact, I don’t want to see another dog or cat born."

Wayne Pacelle quoted in Bloodties: Nature, Culture and the Hunt by Ted Kerasote, 1993, p. 266.

Wayne Pacelle's book comes out today.

The book's cover presents the image of a girl hugging a dog, juxtaposed with the name Wayne Pacelle, and the title in bold "The Bond".

My, oh my! What a conundrum. It must have been difficult to find a fitting cover image for this book. Since Wayne, vegan president of HSUS, admits that he has never owned a pet, and per an LA Times article in 2008, couldn't even bring himself to touch his girlfriend's cat, just what sort of "BOND" or kinship can this huckster actually have with any animal?


Obviously, we don't have any pictures of HIM hugging a pet.

A bond is a tie; one that you might expect between a husband and wife, or between a parent and child, or between a person and pet. A sort of special kinship that implies an intimate connection.

Wayne, when you become a puppy raiser for guide dogs for the blind, you can then write with authority about a selfless "bond."

Most of us who keep and raise pets are very familiar with that bond. We live, sleep, eat, and breathe right along with our animals. We care for them when they are sick or injured. We sit up all night with newborns. We train them as herders, hunters, guides, protectors, and companions.

Our bond with animals extends beyond the owner-pet bond, to the time-honored practices of farming and hunting. In the tradition of native Americans, we appreciate our animals, and are grateful for the life-sustaining meat, milk, eggs, cheese, leather, fur, wool, and feathers they provide us.

Yet, when interviewed for the LA Times in 2008, Wayne's parting comment was:
"Animals for the most part just need to be left alone."
Does this comment describe a Bond? No. It is the comment of one who has never had a pet, never lived on a farm; of someone who has a rock where his heart belongs.

It's the comment you'd expect from one who urges shelters to kill their animals.

We'd expect to hear it from the president of the HSUS, a group that lobbies incessantly for laws that make it increasingly more difficult and more expensive to own animals. They work tirelessly to BREAK the human-animal bond!

It's the sort of comment you'd expect to hear from the cold, calculated mind of a businessman; a con man whose sole interest in animals is to exploit them for personal gain.

Yep. Wayne and his HSUS exploit animals. Big time! To the tune of over a hundred million dollars every year!. Wayne and his minions at HSUS are experts in animal exploitation. And hawking "The Bond" continues in that tradition.

Exploiting animals for money! Isn't that the criticism that HSUS throws at the rest of society? Gosh, even MORE hypocrisy.

Some things never change.

Thank you, HumaneWatch, for this GREAT poster!


  1. You hit this one right out of the ballpark, a home run for sure!

  2. www.hsussucks.com read the real story of hsus on the article tab

  3. note how "the Humane Society" is printed in red.. to draw your attention to just those three words.. to confuse the reader .. to believe it is associated with the local shelter.. time to do some large big and HUGE time education of the public.. word IS getting out thanks to blogs like this one and some savvy legislators

  4. It time to send this link to all legislators as well as Wayne lobbies day and night. Such a liar.

  5. OMG! I love that poster! I'm stealing your creative artwork, HumaeWatch. Sure hope you don't mind. A 50,000 word essay couldn't do better than that poster. :-)

  6. The last part of Ted Kerasote's Blood Ties is devoted to Ted following Pacelle around while he does fund-raising things. The man comes across as used car salesman in an expensive suit.

  7. Wayne himself clearly articulated that he is unqualified to speak on the topic of the human/animal bond: "I don't have a hands-on fondness for animals. I did not grow up bonded to any particular nonhuman animal. I like them and I pet them and I'm kind to them, but there's no special bond between me and other animals."

  8. Thanks, Anonymous, I have added a couple more of his pertinent quotes to the article.

  9. There was a book signing held in Washington, DC for this book and a reported 100 people came to have books signed. IMHO, this was a very small turnout for such an event given that HSUS headquarters is in town, and they have much larger offices not far away in Gaithersburg, MD. They surely could have beefed up the crowd with HSUS employees, do you not think?

    It has been suggested, in other venues, that quotes from Wayne, like those starting the blog, be posted on and around any display of the book.

    I wonder how quickly this book will find its way to the remainder bin.

  10. Right on! HSUS is a lobbying group, nothing more. Their commercials are sickening, implying that they actually rescue animals.