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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


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