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Advocacy, Public Policy, and Farm Animal Welfare in the Twenty First Century

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Uploaded on Jun 7, 2011

A presentation by Wayne Pacelle, HSUS President & CEO.

Animal protection is now a mainstream social concern, and the use of animals in agriculture is arguably one of the most important subjects for discussion within that larger framework. There are a litany of problems associated with animal agriculture--animal cruelty, climate change, localized environmental problems, public health concern--yet the sheer size of the sector makes even modest reforms a major challenge. Proposition 2 in California on November${q}s ballot was the most recent flashpoint in the discussion. HSUS president and CEO Wayne Pacelle will discuss the many features of this debate, and the rising tide of concern for animals in modern American culture.

Wayne Pacelle is president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, the nation${q}s largest animal protection organization with 10 million members and supporters. Since taking the helm at the organization, he has doubled its size, merged with several other animal welfare groups, and helped to pass more than 250 new state and federal laws for animals. In 2007, The New York Times reported, "The arrival of Wayne Pacelle as head of the Humane Society in 2004 both turbocharged the farm animal welfare movement and gave it a sheen of respectability." Pacelle received his B.A. in History and Studies in the Environment from Yale University in 1987.

Filming and editing by Dr William Harris M.D. on December 13, 2008 at Mccoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Beach Park, Honolulu, Hawaii
Sponsored by: Vegetarian Society of Hawaii http://www.vsh.org

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