I like to say that the work of The HSUS and the Humane Society Legislative Fund rests on four legs of activism: 1.) We provide hands-on care to animals, including those in distress, 2.) We educate and raise consciousness about animals and help people make better choices, 3.) We help pass and enforce laws to normalize animal protection standards and to prevent cruelty, and 4.) We work with corporations to adopt policies to help animals, because so many uses of animals are embedded within different sectors of the economy, whether it's agriculture, product development, fashion, wildlife management, entertainment and others.
A little more than a week ago, the New York Times published a letter I wrote applauding Nestlé-the world's largest food company-for its new policy to improve animal welfare on the thousands of farms that supply it around the world. Thanks to this one decision from a company with a market capitalization of more than $200 billion, animals not just in one state or even one country will have better lives, but animals around the world will suffer less.