Lawmakers, businesses honored for their work to help animals

Spira award recipient InStyle magazine announced a corporate
policy banning all animal fur from editorials and advertisements,
making it the first major U.S. fashion publisher to have such a
policy. Photo by iStockphoto

Each year, the Humane Society of the United States recognizes
lawmakers and corporations who support and adopt humane principles
in their work. This week, I was on Capitol Hill with colleagues
from the Humane Society Legislative Fund to honor 173 lawmakers
with our Humane Awards, for their work to improve the lives of
animals. Also this week, we are recognizing corporations that have
embraced humane reforms, with our annual Henry Spira Corporate
awards.

The annual Congressional Humane Awards ceremony on Tuesday
evening was attended by several dozen honorees and their staff
members. We recognized 45 Senators and 128 Senators and
Representatives (representing 40 states, the District of Columbia,
Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and Virgin Islands)— for their
work based on their ratings on the
2018 Humane Scorecard
released annually by HSLF.

The top awards went to Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Debbie
Stabenow, D-Mich., Mike Conaway, R-Texas, and Collin Peterson,
D-Minn. All were named 2018 Humane Legislators of the Year for
their work on the
Farm Bill
, whose final package excluded an amendment that Rep.
Steve King, R-Iowa, tacked on in committee, and included positive
amendments concerning pets and domestic violence, animal fighting,
and dog and cat meat.

The Henry Spira Humane Corporate Progress Awards go each year to
forward-thinking companies, business associations and entrepreneurs
whose efforts and actions have brought relief from cruelty and
suffering to millions, if not billions, of animals worldwide. The
awards also commemorate the pioneering work of the late campaigner,
Henry Spira, whose approaches to corporate engagement set a
precedent for current efforts to advance humane values on this
important front. This years recipients include:

  • Bark!, a chain of pet stores that follows a humane model by not
    selling puppies or any live animals. Bark! has made a strong
    commitment to changing public policy on this subject. Its marketing
    manager, Laurie Newton, testified in front of state lawmakers last
    year to help pass a statewide ban on the sale of puppies in pet
    stores. Bark! partners with rescues to hold adoption events at
    their stores, and supports the community in many other ways,
    including providing free pet food to local residents affected by
    the federal government shutdown.
  • InStyle, a magazine with a global audience of 8.7 million and
    an online viewership of 10 million. InStyle announced a corporate
    policy banning all animal fur from editorials and advertisements,
    making it the first major U.S. fashion publisher to have such a
    policy. In the May 2018 issue announcing the policy,
    Editor-in-chief Laura Brown
    wrote: “There’s nothing more
    beautiful than our animal friends.”

We congratulate these very deserving recipients of our Spira
Awards and our Humane Awards, for moving the world toward more
humane policies and a humane marketplace. When I first got involved
in animal protection 25 years ago, we would have been lucky to win
over even a handful of policy-makers and companies to our cause in
a year’s time. The tremendous support we see today are the surest
signs of a movement in its ascendancy, supported by popular opinion
and acted upon by lawmakers and corporate decision-makers
alike.

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