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Humane Society President Wayne Pacelle speaks at Barnes & Noble Saturday

— Humane Society of the United States President and CEO Wayne Pacelle will be at Barnes & Noble in DeWitt Saturday to discuss his book, “The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them.”

The event, which starts at 6 p.m., is free and open to the public.

In “The Bond,” Pacelle unveils the deep links of the human-animal bond, as well as the conflicting impulses that have led society to betray this bond through widespread and systemic cruelty to animals.

During his 17 years with the Humane Society, including seven as president and CEO, Pacelle has played a leading role in transforming the organization, the nation’s largest animal protection charity, into a dynamic public force and voice for all animals.

Pacelle was named one of NonProfit Times’ “Executives of the Year” in 2005 for his leadership in responding to the Hurricane Katrina crisis. He received his B.A. in history and studies in the environment from Yale University in 1987.

“Pacelle has retooled a venerable organization seen as a mild-mannered protector of dogs and cats into an aggressive interest group,” The Los Angeles Times reported in 2008.

Barnes & Noble is located at 3454 Erie Boulevard East, DeWitt.

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