Special Interview: Wayne Pacelle, the CEO and president of the Humane Society of the United States
In America, there are more than 170 million dogs and cats in homes. Animal lovers spend more than $100 billion a year on pets and wildlife. There must be some bond that draws us to animals and makes us care.
I had the the pleasure of interviewing Wayne Pacelle, the President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States today. His book The Bond, just hit book stores this morning. We talked about that special bond, and if animals have complex emotions. But we also discussed the darker side: animal fighting and trophy hunting.
I hope you’ll listen to our 20 minute conversation in which we discuss the CEO of GoDaddy.com and his unapologetic defense of shooting an elephant in Africa last month… the controversy over bringing on Michael Vick to work with at-risk kids – is he remorseful – can people change? – and what we can do to help protect our furry, fuzzy, and feathered friends.
Click on the player below to hear our 20 minute conversation
About Wayne Pacelle –
Wayne Pacelle is the president and chief executive officer of The Humane Society of the United States. Pacelle took office June 1, 2004 after serving for nearly 10 years as the organization’s chief lobbyist and spokesperson.
During his tenure as HSUS president and CEO, Pacelle has spurred major growth for the organization, which is now the nation’s largest animal protection organization with 11 million members and constituents, annual revenue of $135 million, and assets of more than $200 million. The organization is the 155th largest charity in the United States. The growth has partly been achieved through successful mergers with other animal protection organizations. In 2004, Pacelle and Michael Markarian (president of The Fund for Animals and now chief operating officer of The HSUS) helped engineer the corporate combination of The HSUS and The Fund for Animals, the national organization founded by Cleveland Amory. In 2006, Pacelle was the architect of a combination with the Doris Day Animal League, which was founded nearly 20 years ago by iconic actress Doris Day, and is one of the major American animal protection organizations. He created the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, after the formerly named Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights was brought into the HSUS family.
For more about Wayne Pacelle and his book The Bond, please click here.