From ANIMAL PEOPLE, October 2000:

Meryl Harrison, formerly general
manager of the Bulawayo Branch SPCA,
was in August named national coordinator for
the Zimbabwe National SPCA. The
Zimbabwe Standard noted that Harrison “rose
to prominence when she successfully challenged
a visiting Egyptian circus whose animals
were in a terrible state.” She was also
prominently involved, said the S t a n d a r d, in
relocating a female chimpanzee from a substandard
zoo to the Chimfunshi sanctuary in
Zambia, improving rail transport conditions
for cattle, and obtaining a Department of
National Parks and Wildlife Management
edict against hunting leopards with coonhounds.

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Veggie bust

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, June 2000:

The Winnipeg Vegetarian Association on May 14 solicited donations toward the cost of a bronze bust of vegetarian advocate Howard Lyman. Sculpted by K a t h y Lazzareschi, of Oroville, California, the bust is to be presented to Lyman at the W o r l d Vegetarian Congress in Toronto this July.

A few days earlier, the A n i m a l Rights 2000 conference hosted in Washington D.C. by the Farm Animal Reform Movement is to induct five people whose identities are undisclosed into a newly created “Animal Rights Hall of Fame.”

Of more pragmatic interest, the Sabina Fund, named by FARM founder Alex Hershaft in honor of his late mother, is offering grants of $500-$2,000 “for grassroots projects promoting a plant-based diet and exposing the devastating impacts of animal agriculture.” Hershaft said that the next Sabina Fund application deadline will be November 15, adding that “FARM welcomes applications from groups outside the USA.” Application forms and further details are online at .

Meanwhile, instead of endorsing a meatless diet, the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies has reportedly endorsed a national meat labeling program based on the “Freedom Food” program managed by the Royal SPCA of Britain. “The certification reassures consumers that the meat they purchase is from an animal raised in the most humane and ethical manner possible,” wrote Gina Tell of the Calgary Herald.


From ANIMAL PEOPLE, April 2000:

University of Illinois veterinary student Linnaea Stull, who led the struggle to end mandatory dog labs at UI (page 10) has won the United Animal Nations Animals’ Choice award for outstanding commitment.

The Canterbury chapter of Royal SPCA of New Zealand on February 15 memorialized realtor Mary Rathie, whose estate built the RSPCA a new cat shelter. Rathie, 84, died in March 1998.

Chelonian Research Institute founder Peter Pritchard, 56, of Oviedo, Florida, was on February 21 named T i m e magazine’s seventh “Hero for the Planet” for his work on behalf of sea turtles.

Charles Sutherland, 65, of Lahaina, Hawaii, reportedly dying of lung cancer, was honored by the Hawaii House of Representatives on February 27 for his work to protect humpback whales.

Awards & honors

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, January/February 2000:

Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, who said “Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet,” was on December 26 named “person of the 20th century” by Time magazine.

The first-ever Red Cross Award for animal rescue, sponsored by the Wells Fargo Foundation, was recently given to the Pasado’s Safe Haven sanctuary in Sultan, Washington, for calling public attention to the abandonment of thousands of chickens at the financially distressed Amberson Egg Farm in Lake Stevens, Washington, last summer.

Sheila Siddle, cofounder of the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage in South Africa, on November 20 honored Kenyan wildlife photographer Karl Amman with the first-ever Chimfunshi Pal Award for his exposes of the traffic in wild primates as meat. One of those exposes appeared in the March 1996 edition of ANIMAL PEOPLE.

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November 1999:

Jeanne Daniels, of Houston,
owner of the TarryTown Center
shopping plaza in Austin, recently
ired the 400-member West Austin
Neighborhood Group by requiring
as part of new leases that tenants not
sell animal products. Gourmet
supermarket owner Harvey Tack
relocated rather than stop selling
meat. The other tenants with leases
up for renewal are reportedly moving
to comply––but two of the three
restaurants at the plaza have a year
left under their old leases.

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People, awards, honors, and appointments

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, March 1999:

PETsMART Inc. on January 4
announced the appointment of Joyce Briggs
as director of PETsMART Charities, which
contributed more than $2.5 million to animal
protection charities in 1998, and facilitated
the adoption of more than 175,000 dogs and
cats via the PETsMART Luv-A-Pet
Adoption Centers, located in each
PETsMART store. PETsMART does not sell
dogs and cats. Briggs previously was senior
director of marketing and public relations for
the American Humane Association, and
before that was director of The Spayed Club,
a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit neutering service.

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE, December 1998:

The Texas Department of Health has honored
Primarily Primates for having “the best-landscaped
facility” under TDH jurisdiction. Primarily
Primates is recognized as a TDH facility because it
houses some retired laboratory primates under contract
from TDH.
The San Francisco Zoo has recognized the
late Carroll Soo-Hoo, who died in June at age 84,
with a plaque at the zoo’s gorilla exhibit. Beginning in
1958, Soo-Hoo and his wife Violet donated more than
40 animals to the zoo, including the founding members
of the gorilla colony.

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE, October 1998:

CONCORD, Calif.––Richard Avanzino with
Duffield Family Foundation backing may now be ready to “roll,
roll, roll” the concept and tactics of achieving no-kill animal
control across the U.S., but one prerequisite he outlined at the
No-Kill Conference for doing it may be a taller order than
effectively ending pet overpopulation.
“Everybody needs to work together and accept our
core values to get funded,” Avanzino warned. “Our core values
are honesty, integrity, and mutual respect.”
In other words, Avanzino repeated several times, he
wants to end bickering and finger-pointing within communities
among organizations of differing and perhaps even conflicting
philosophies and mandates.

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$200 million fund to save dogs and cats

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, October 1998:

CONCORD, Calif.––Richard Avanzino, president
of the San Francisco SPCA since 1976, has 200 million reasons
why no-kill animal control should catch on across the U.S.
They’re the same 200 million reasons why Avanzino
is leaving the SF/SPCA to head the Duffield Family
Foundation, effective January 1, 1999.
“Dave and Cheryl Duffield of the Duffield Family
Foundation have pledged to put in the bank $200 million for a
no-kill nation,” Avanzino told the fourth annual No Kill
Conference on September 11.
The funding is to underwrite a program which
Avanzino is to head, effective January 1, 1999, whose mission,
he continued, “is to revolutionize the status and wellbeing
for companion animals.”

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