Animal-Rights Lobbyist Is Selected to Be Top Dog at Humane Society

When Wayne P. Pacelle was a young boy, he would urge his parents to drive carefully so they wouldn't accidentally hit the animals that sometimes strayed onto the roads near their home in New Haven, Conn.

Mr. Pacelle, 38, has since built a career around trying to keep animals out of harm's way. This month he took over the top spot at the Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest animal-protection organization, where he has worked as a lobbyist and spokesman since 1994.