Archive for June, 2012

Why I like the plastic bag ban in Seattle

Last week, the City of Seattle banned plastic bags for distribution from grocery stores to department stores.  I applaud this effort because, among other things, it is a positive move to help animals, as is so well described in this news article. But here is one more reason why…

A few years ago, I was cleaning out rabbit cages at the Richmond Animal Shelter in BC. The shelter was closed; it was a holiday.  It was quiet, and the seagulls that usually avoid the barking dogs of the shelter flew low that morning.  I saw that one of them had a plastic bag caught on his knee and entangled in his foot.  The bag was trailing, inflated behind the flying bird as he struggled through the air.

This sight really gnawed at me.  What a useless infringement on his right to be a seagull and to fly through the air, as humans claimed it was their right to use plastic bags.

So I applaud Seattle and all the other cities in the US and Canada that have made this choice.  Because the only thing more convenient than a plastic bag is not having to deal with them later.

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Wayne Pacelle to visit Seattle

Wayne Pacelle (HSUS)

Start licking that fur and stay out of the mud to look your best for an honored guest to Seattle.

Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), will be speaking at the Seattle Northgate Barnes & Noble on June 16th at 11:00 AM. Our friends from PAWS in Lynnwood is co-hosting the event so you know we’ll all have a good time.

In January, Pacelle gave a compelling TEDx talk in New York focusing on topics in his book The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them.  Also, here is an excellent review of the book from a Wisconsin newspaper.

Here are the details for the Seattle visit:

Humane Society of the United States President to Make Seattle, Wash. Appearance
Best-Selling Author of The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them at Barnes & Noble June 16
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States
Discussion, Q&A and book signing 
 Barnes & Noble, Northgate Mall, 401 NE Northgate Way, Suite 1100, Seattle, Wash.
Saturday, June 16, 11:00 a.m. PDT
The discussion and signing is co-hosted by PAWS.
Wayne Pacelle’s bestselling book The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them (William Morrow) has been called revolutionary, uplifting and inspiring. Pacelle explains what underlies our age-old connection with other creatures and challenges readers to help build a more humane society. As Pacelle takes readers on a journey from the nation’s great open spaces to its crowded factory farms to the ice floes of Canada where seals are slaughtered, he illuminates the stark dichotomy we face in an age when animals are more beloved yet more abused than during any period in history. There is a better way, Pacelle argues, making the case for a humane economy based on ecotourism, fur-free fashion, improved farming systems, and other innovative models. It’s a message of hope and an inspiring call to action for all. The book debuted in a paperback version on April 3, 2012.
Pacelle will discuss the themes in the book and issues of local, national and international impact at the Seattle appearance.
During a quarter–century of leadership in the humane movement, most of it at the HSUS, Pacelle has become America’s foremost voice for those who cannot speak in their own defense, and has helped to bring animal protection from the margins to the mainstream.

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