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A major new exploration of the economics of animal exploitation and a roadmap for how we can use the marketplace to promote the welfare of all living creatures, from the renowned animal rights advocate Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.

In the mid-nineteenth 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/CEO of the Human Society of the United States, explores how our everyday economic decisions impact the survival and wellbeing 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, nonindustrial farming; adopting a rescue dog or a shelter animal instead one from a puppy mill; avoiding products that compromise the habitat of wild species; or even seeing Cirque du Soleil instead of Ringling Brothers—do matter.

The Humane Economy shows us how what we do everyday as consumers can benefit animals, the environment, and human society, and why these decisions can make economic sense as well.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A twenty-first-century blueprint for both conscious business and social progress.”

    John Mackey, New York Times bestselling author and founder of Whole Foods Market

  • “A fascinating, highly readable, and remarkably comprehensive book.”

    Jane Goodall, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A critically important read for anyone who cares about business success or animals—or, like so many of us, both.”

    Jack Welch, New York Times bestselling author and founder of the Jack Welch Management Institute

  • “A brilliant book that celebrates the truth: our economic well-being is inextricably linked to the well-being of animals…An important moral and pragmatic blueprint for humane, enlightened prosperity for all.”

    Cory Booker, New York Times bestselling author and US senator

  • “[An] excellent new book…This is a humane revolution, and Pacelle…has been at the forefront of it…At a time when the world is a mess, Pacelle outlines a hopeful vision.”

    New York Times

  • “[A] fascinating read about big thinkers, investors, and others who are seeking new ways of doing business with less animal suffering.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “How the welfare of animals is changing the world.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Invigorating…Pacelle has accomplished remarkable things with his business-friendly, non-confrontational approach, and anyone concerned with the lives and deaths of animals should be grateful he’s out there.”

    Salon magazine

  • “Explores how innovative entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 CEOs, and scientists are rallying around this social movement and leading us forward by eliminating cruel historic practices.”

    Philadelphia Style

  • “Traces the economic impact of the public’s concern for animals across a wide range of animal abuses.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “A beacon of hope…[and] a must-read book.”

    Chattanooga Pulse (Tennessee)

  • “Eric Martin gives a resonant narration to this important audiobook by the head of the Humane Society of the United States. Martin’s thoughtful phrasing conveys every nuance and all of the urgency in the author’s message…Martin’s delivery enhances this overview of a revolution that is already improving how we feed the planet and live responsibly with our animal friends.”


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