People in animal protection

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, June 1997:

The Washington Animal Rescue
League in April honored Ann Cottrell Free,
of Bethesda, Maryland, with a lifetime
achievement award. Shown above with her
granddaughter Amanda Nooter and Terry
Cummings of the Poplar Springs Animal
Sanctuary, Free “was a participant, as a journalist
and an activist,” in winning passage of
the Humane Slaughter Act (1959) and
Laboratory Animal Welfare Act (1966), the
Bethesda Gazette recalled. After a long career
as Washington D.C. correspondent to the New
York Herald Tribune, Chicago Sun Times,
and Newsweek, Free founded Flying Fox
Press and the Albert Schweitzer Council on
Animals and the Environment, wrote three
books pertaining to animals, led efforts to
upgrade local animal shelters, and earned previous
honors including the Animal Welfare
Institute’s Albert Schweitzer Medal, the
Rachel Carson Legacy Award, and election to
the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame.

Shanin Paige, 13, of Merritt
Island, Florida, was on May 2 named the
American Humane Association “Be Kind to
Animals Kid” of 1997. Paige has volunteered
at the Central Brevard Humane Society i n
Cocoa, Florida, for six years; organized the
still active Divine Mercy Pet Club at her
school the same year; maintains a backyard
avian rehabilitation facility; and raised a
puppy this year for the Smithtown Guide Dog
F o u n d a t i o n . Runners-up included S a n d r a
B l e d s o e, 12, a humane society volunteer
from San Antonio who saved the life of a kitten
who accidentally impaled herself on a steel
rod; David Hamell, 11, a longtime shelter
volunteer in Ringwood, New Jersey; Patrick
Monahan, 12, a vegetarian activist and shelter
volunteer in Idlewild, California; K e l l e y
O’Connor, nine, who made a pet care video
for her classroom in Bethesda, Maryland; and
Carla Frances Ochoa, 13, an exemplary
two-year volunteer with the Benecia Vallejo
Humane Society in Millbrae, California.
The USDA on May 20 announced
the appointment of 20 new members to the
National Animal Damage Control Advisory
Committee, “to advise the USDA on policies
and program issues necessary to control damage
caused by depredating wildlife.” Animal
protection representatives include H a n k
F i s c h e r of Defenders of Wildlife, Susan
Hagood of the Humane Society of the U.S.,
a n d Cathy Liss of the Animal Welfare
Andrew Rowan, founder of the
Center for Animals and Public Policy a t
Tufts University, is leaving after 14 years to
become senior vice president of the H u m a n e
Society of the U.S., where he previously
spent four and a half years after heading the
League Against Cruel Experiments i n
Britain. At HSUS, Rowan said, “My responsibilities
will include overseeing African projects,
educational programs, and developing
new academic ties in Europe and the U.S.”
Rowan said he would probably continue to
teach one course in the Tufts “Animals and
Public Policy” masters degree program, which
he started two years ago.
President Bill Clinton on May 6
named Salt Lake City lawyer Pat Shea, 48, a
longtime trustee for the Utah chapter of T h e
Nature Conservancy, to head the Bureau of
Land Management. Shea’s duties will
include negotiating particulars of the G r a n d
Staircase-Escalante National Monument i n
southwestern Utah, created by Clinton in
September 1996 over wise-use opposition.
Early neutering pioneer Leo Lieberman,
DVM, of Port St. Lucie, Florida,
has received the 1997 Geraldine R. Dodge
Humane Ethics in Action Award. Lieberman
investigated early neutering at instigation
of Ark Trust founder Gretchen Wyler.
Edwina Barnes, founder of
Humane Services of Middle Georgia, is to
receive the 1997 American Veterinary
Medical Association Humane Award on July
20 in Reno, Nevada. Humane Services operates
one of the most active low-cost neutering
clinics in the South.
Lawrence Carter Long has joined
the staff of the Animal Protection Institute,
not the Humane Society of the U.S., as ANIMAL
PEOPLE reported in May. Carter Long
interviewed with HSUS, he acknowledged,
but API made the more attractive offer.
Adam Werbach, 24, elected president
of the Sierra Club in 1996 after two
years on the board of directors, was re-elected
on May 17. Lois Snedden of Reno was
named vice president, Roy Hengerson o f
Jefferson City, Missouri, was named treasurer,
Mary Ann Wilson of Boston was named
secretary, and Susan Holmes of New York
was named fifth officer.
Ed Duvin, associate director of I n
Defense of Animals since September 1996,
quit May 16 “to focus on my companion animal
work and a number of writing projects.”

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