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Hamptons Pet Lovers Celebrate “The Bond” by Wayne Pacelle

Submitted by on August 22, 2011 – 8:11 amNo Comment
Wayne Pacelle, Frances Hayward

Wayne Pacelle, Frances Hayward

“The dog days of summer” can be a beautiful thing in the Hamptons when you have animal welfare activists working tirelessly for their four legged friends.  Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States launched his new book, The Bond: Our Kinship With Animals, Our Call to Defend Them, at Georgica Restaurant on Saturday.  Hosted by Amanda Hearst, Annie Churchill, and Frances Hayward the launch party treated guests to cocktails and vegan bites.

Pacelle thanked Frances Hayward for her incredible dedication to animal welfare and her fundraising activities saying, “Frances is an ambassador every day of her life.”  Pacelle met Frances a day after Katrina as they pulled together to raise money for animal rescue after the hurricane.

Pacelle recounts the numerous stories they heard of people who stayed behind during Katrina because shelters wouldn’t take their animals, a testament to the human animal bond and a lesson for evacuation efforts in future storms.  The treatment of animals he points out tells us who we are as a society.

“How we handle our power in this relationship tests our humanity.  It’s not just animal welfare — everything is intertwined.”

The treatment of animals for food consumption is not just about their humane treatment but the overcrowding and food safety issues which accompany them.  He points out that 60% of diseases in humans start in animals.

With issues which range from seal killings, to the exotic animal trade, to institutionalized animal cruelty, the Humane Society reaches all corners of the world. 

Jana de Peyer, Sarah from ARF, Frances Hayward

Jana de Peyer, Sarah from ARF, Frances Hayward

Wayne offered a few ways everyone can help:

  • When looking for a pet, go to the rescue groups instead of pet stores which support the puppy mills.
  • Buy products which are not treated on animals.
  • Faux is fabulous.  Find a beautiful alternative to fur.
  • In food choices, even if you’re not vegan you can be a conscious consumer.

Representatives from ARF – the Animal Rescue Fund and Best Friends were also on hand in their united efforts to rescue and repatriate pets.  Co-Founder of Best Friends  Animal Society’s Jana de Peyer had travelled from Kanab, Utah to support the event.  We love their program where you can “virtually” adopt a dog or cat where they still live at the Best Friends sanctuary but write to you all the time.  Makes a great gift for animal lovers who can’t take care of a pet.

The event was also kick off to the To The Rescue! Gala to be held in NYC on October 5th

Also check out the Walk Humane! fundraising walk in Montauk on Sept. 18th

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