The Humane Society’s Wayne Pacelle interviewed Denis and Gail on March 10, 2015, “discuss[ing] a subject that has bearing and relevance for every consumer and for the health of our planet and, of course, for every cow, too.” We’ve excerpted part of the conversation below, and linked to the full article here:
Earth Day founder Denis Hayes and wife Gail Boyer Hayes have taken a surprising intellectual and historical journey with cows. Their new book COWED: The Hidden Impact of 93 Million Cows on America’s Health, Economy, Politics, Culture and Environment, is also a meditation on our future relationship with animals who have played such a role in the human experience – for labor, milk, and meat – for thousands of years. Their work is a gentle and fond treatment of cows, but carries a powerful call for change – specifically in the way they’re raised and how many of them consumers eat. A former board member of The HSUS, Denis is president of the Bullitt Foundation, which works to safeguard the environment in the Pacific Northwest, and Gail is an environmental attorney. In this interview with me, they discuss a subject that has bearing and relevance for every consumer and for the health of our planet and, of course, for every cow, too.