Awards & honors

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, June 1998:

The 1998 American Humane
Association “Be kind to animals kid” is
Jordan Ross, 8, of Fort Worth, Texas. Ross
“was born two months early, and as a result,
suffers from health problems including severe
asthma, mild cerebral palsy, and a genetic
heart defect. He has also had to wear a back
brace from the time he was six months old for
scoliosis,” according to the AHA announcement.
“At the age of two, Jordan was diagnosed
with an immune disorder, which limited
his human contact severely.” Despite his
handicaps, Jordan successfully bottle-nursed
an orphaned colt and an orphaned bison calf,
among other creatures, “has an ongoing
debate with his grandfather and brother, who
like to hunt,” won a local wildlife photography
contest last summer, fought his family to
save their Great Dane from ear cropping, and
intends to become a veterinarian. Runners-up
include Auna Badke, 9, a wildlife rehabilitator
in Bristol, Indiana; Christine Cannell,
13, a longtime volunteer for Pets In Need, in
McHenry, Illinois; Patrice Coughlin, 13, of
Middletown, New Jersey, a longtime volunteer
for the Monmouth County SPCA;
Aaron Kubaryk, 8, of Lajas, Puerto Rico, a
fundraiser for the Villa Michelle animal shelter
in Mayaguez; and Patrick Monahan, 13,
of Moreno Valley, California, an 8-year volunteer
for the Moreno Valley Animal
S h e l t e r, who is the only two-time national
finalist in the 82-year history of the “Be kind
to animals kid” contest.

Animals Today, the magazine of the
Australian and New Zealand Federation of
Animal Societies, recently honored Elizabeth
Roberts, 11, for persuading Wyong mayor
Faye Brennan to reimpose a moratorium on
selling animals from the Wyong Pound to laboratories.
The moratorium had been lifted by
the previous administration.
The Dodge Foundation, of Morristown,
New Jersey, on April 17 announced
that the 1998 Geraldine R. Dodge Humane
Ethics In Action Award, worth $10,000,
will go to farm animal welfare advocate Diane
Halverson, of Northfield, Minnesota, a 25-
year veteran of farm animal advocacy, who
scripted The Pig Picture, advertised by the
Humane Farming Association on page 5.
The Fort Stewart Natural
Resources Conservation Program, begun
during World War II, on April 27 won the
Secretary of Defense’s Environmental
Security Award for Natural Resources
C o n s e r v a t i o n, given to an outstanding military
conservation effort every third year. The
Fort Stewart program is credited with protecting
red cockaded woodpeckers, bald eagles,
wood storks, indigo snakes, and longleaf pine
trees, among other rare resident species.

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