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Nurses United!/Animal Welfare

Ralph talks wildfires, single payer healthcare, and the state of the union movement with Executive Director of National Nurses United, RoseAnn DeMoro; and the head of the Humane Society of the United States, Wayne Pacelleargues that if industry treated animals better, they’d actually increase profits.

RoseAnn DeMoro is executive director of the 185,000-member National Nurses United , the nation’s largest union and professional association of nurses.  And Ms. DeMoro is also a national vice-president of the AFL-CIO .

“The newspapers crucified my on that one, to say that single-payer should be a litmus test.  ‘How can you say it should be a litmus test?’  Aren’t there litmus tests?  Don’t we have standards for people to run for office?  Don’t we have things that people must care about?  How about they care about the environment we live in and the air that we breathe, our healthcare?  How about an infrastructure that works for the country?  How about jobs in this country?  Why are there not litmus tests?”  RoseAnn DeMoro, Executive Director of National Nurses United

Wayne Pacelle is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Humane Society of the United States. The HSUS is the nation’s largest animal care provider, and also the nation’s leading advocacy organization for animals.  Mr. Pacelle has written two New York Times bestselling books, The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them and The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals ,  describes a revolution in business and government that is changing forever how we treat animals and conduct commerce.

“Our thesis at the Humane Society of the United States is that animals, whether you’re talking about mammals or birds or reptiles, are not our equals in terms of our capacity for intelligence – although they have their own forms of intelligence and their own incredible physical and mental characteristics – but they are our equals in their capacity to suffer.  And if they can suffer as much as we do, then we should be alert to that issue.” Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States



  1. Veda balla says:

    Thank you for caring about animal welfare.

  2. Dale West says:

    Puppy farming is an ultimate extreme of commercial factory farming. As an example, Ireland is the puppy farming capital of Europe with over 30,000 puppies legally exported every year. These legal industrial farms in Ireland have no uniform metric standards or uniform enforcement by county authorities due to the powerful lobbying of these commercial industrial scale breeders. Ireland’s legal codes to prevent animal cruelty and exploitation is a complete failure. Due to the lax enforcement and huge profit margins, organized crime has moved into legal and illegal puppy farming in Ireland. Thus the Irish government has become a facilitator of corporate welfare by default. This has created a huge dog surplus of unwanted disposable dogs in Ireland which is another tax burden for the public. Check out Pups Not Profit to learn more about this dirty secret of Ireland’s economy.

  3. Lucas says:

    I appreciate these interviews about animal protection. Unfortunately Wayne Pacelle and the HSUS have corporatized animal advocacy and systematically aid animal exploitation industries, offering to help their bottom lines, by adding a glossy “humane” seals of approval to their animal products, thus selling out the interests of animals they claim to protect. They have certainly been “effective” in that regard.
    I highly recommend interviewing Professor Gary Francione regarding the corruption of the animal protection industry as well his unique analysis of the property status of animals hindering ANY animal welfare attempts.
    Also, veganism is not perfection, as Pacelle asserts. That sort of reasoning aids the HSUS business model in that it appeals to a larger donor base of people who want to consume animals with a clear conscience, which HSUS pedals with their “humane” promotions and free PR for industries who commit to this or that self-enforced voluntary measures of “animal welfare”. Veganism is *the least* we can do if we take animal interests seriously. It’s the only logically and morally consistent position stemming from a belief that it is wrong to cause unnecessary suffering and death to animals (it’s all unnecessary if we can live without consuming them). Plus we don’t need to donate to a multi million dollar corporate animal charity to participate in it.
    All the best.

  4. Dale West says:

    Half a million (500,000) dogs produced in industrial puppy mills annually and 670,000 dogs euthanized annually. Industrial puppy farming needs to stop to end the disposable pet culture. No companion animal should be destroyed because it was born.