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In the mid-19th century, New Bedford, Massachusetts, was the whaling capital of the world. A half gallon of sperm oil cost approximately $1,400 in today's dollars, and whale populations were hunted to near extinction for profit. But with the advent of fossil fuels, the whaling industry collapsed, and today the area around New Bedford is instead known as one of the best places in the world for whale watching.
This transformation is emblematic of a new sort of economic revolution, one that has the power to transform the future of animal welfare. In The Humane Economy, Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, explores how our everyday economic decisions impact the survival and well-being of animals and how we can make choices that better support them.
Though most of us have never harpooned a sea creature, clubbed a seal, or killed an animal for profit, we are all part of an interconnected web that has a tremendous impact on animal welfare, and the decisions we make - whether supporting local, not industrial, farming; adopting a rescue dog or a shelter animal instead of one from a "puppy mill"; avoiding products that compromise the habitats of wild species; or even seeing Cirque du Soleil instead of Ringling Brothers - do matter.
The Humane Economy shows us how what we do every day as consumers can benefit animals, the environment, and human society and why these decisions can make economic sense as well.
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By monique on 05-01-16
For all lovers of animals--even the most sensitive
As with many animal lovers out there, I was ambivalent about purchasing this book, fearing a litany of disturbing and horrifying stories. I took the chance and have no regrets at all.
This book is expertly written and in a style very easy to listen to, and while his love of animals shines through, it is a rational 'position paper' using the latest research findings and worldwide events as examples, and covering a very road range of issues pertaining to our sharing the planet, and our lives, with all types of animals.
Excellent also for those with interests in economics of doing the right thing--shows that individual decisions in purchasing, and social media, can and do make a difference, and also better equips the reader to respond to statements by some that it is too expensive or hopeless to do the right thing.
Couldn't put it down. Kudos to the author.
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