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Michigan Avenue - 2016 - Issue 2 - Late Spring - Anna Chlumsky

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"Companies are going to be more suCCessful when they have a more animal- friendly sensitivity." —wayne pacelle The humane economy: how To help More consumers are putting their beliefs about animal welfare into practice, and those choices are driving much of the change in the marketplace. Everyone can make a difference, says Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, who offers these tips: Vote with your dollars: Every time you buy something, you vote for or against animal cruelty with your money. Make conscious choices when buying food, cosmetics, and clothing. And join groups that help animals. Stop wasting food: According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, Americans throw out up to 40 percent of their food (including 22 percent of animal products), despite enormous costs in the form of greenhouse gas emissions, energy input, and food production expenses. We could spare more than a billion animals in the US alone every year just by eliminating food waste. Live as if all life matters: Adopt pets or foster them. Pick up plastic waste on beaches and in parks. The greatest antidote to cruelty is an informed and active citizenry. Influence lawmakers: Contact officials at the local, state, and federal levels about pending animal welfare legislation.

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