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Wayne Pacelle on Sandy Rescue and His Favorite Vegan Desserts

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On Tuesday night at the Humane Society of the United States “To the Rescue” gala, we chatted with president Wayne Pacelle about everything from the organization’s rescue work during Hurricane Sandy to his newfound love of vegan baking.

As the head of the largest animal protection organization in the country, we imagine that Pacelle has a pretty tight schedule. Just during the last month or two, he’s traveled to Mumbai to launch HSI India and meet with the Dalai Lama, and headed the animal rescue response that was desperately needed in NY, NJ and CT during and after Hurricane Sandy. That doesn’t even include the day-to-day work like convincing the NIH to free the 110 chimps who had known nothing but cages and testing their entire lives. They will soon be seeing the inside of a different sort of facility. Chimp Haven, a sanctuary built to provide a lifelong home for them where they can live free from pain and fear.

With all that going on, he still finds the time to indulge his (very) sweet tooth as he dishes to us about his favorite vegan desserts.

Check out the interview below and feel inspired by the incredible work being done on behalf of animals. Also, check out our recap of the gala. 

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