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Hope and the Humane Economy

Last Friday evening, we celebrated the release of Wayne Pacelle's latest book, The Humane Economy, a frontline account of how conscience and creativity are driving a revolution in business that is forever changing our treatment of animals.

December 13, 2016

"Where do you find hope?” This was the last question Seattle Foundation’s Tony Mestres posed to Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States and one of the world’s leading animal advocates. Last Friday evening, Seattle Foundation, together with Jennifer McCausland, Jeff Christianson, and US Senator Maria Cantwell, hosted a “Conversation with Wayne Pacelle,” to celebrate the release of his latest book, The Humane Economy. The book serves as a frontline account of how conscience and creativity are driving a revolution in business that is forever changing our treatment of animals, and is being called “essential reading for anyone interested in animal welfare.”

Here’s a description of the book from publisher Harper Collins:

Every business grounded on animal exploitation, Pacelle argues, is ripe for disruption. Indeed each one of us is, and will be, touched by this far-reaching transformation in food and agriculture; in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and cosmetics industries; in film, television, and live entertainment; in tourism and wildlife management; in the pet trade for dogs and cats and exotic wildlife; and in fur and leather fashions. Collectively it promises to relieve or end the suffering of billions of creatures, while allowing businesses aligned with the best instincts and values of their customers to flourish.  

Pacelle shows, for instance, how the cruelties of industrial chicken farming are quickly becoming obsolete with a visit to Hampton Creek, the makers of a plant-based egg substitute and the world’s fastest-growing food startup ever.  Pacelle also recounts the stories of how established companies are joining in this economic transformation: from Petco and PetSmart, which have turned the conventional pet store model on its head by forswearing puppy mill suppliers in favor of shelter dogs; to John Paul Mitchell Systems, the Body Shop, and Lush, which use safe ingredients instead of animal tests for their cosmetics; to major food retailers like Whole Foods, Chipotle, and even Costco and Walmart, which are embracing animal welfare standards that are one by one unwinding the horrors of the factory farm.

As part of Seattle Foundation’s role as a convener in the community, we partner with national thought leaders in engaging conversation around impact, innovation, and change. Greater Seattle is home to some of the most educated advocates and animal lovers. From Seattle Audubon to Seattle Humane, there are a myriad animal welfare and conservation organizations for philanthropists to champion.

So where does Wayne Pacelle find hope? “I find hope in the fact that this room is filled with people who believe that a better world for animals means a better world for everyone. It’s people like you who allow our organization to continue fighting for animals everywhere.”

Thank you to our generous co-hosts and The Human Society of the United States for sharing the evening and these important insights with Seattle Foundation philanthropists. If you’d like to learn more about animal welfare organizations, please contact your Philanthropic Advisor or




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