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August 25, 2011

Emily McIvor of Humane Society International Receives Henry Spira Award for her Work Protecting Animals in Laboratories

Humane Society International/Europe

Humane Society International is proud to announce that Emily McIvor, the organization’s senior policy advisor for the European Union, has been awarded the prestigious Henry Spira Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the cause of animal welfare. McIvor was presented the award at the 8th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences in Montréal.

The Henry Spira Award was established in 1999 by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, in honor of the pioneering figure whose campaign to promote alternatives to animal testing led to the institution’s founding in 1981. The CAAT has since expanded to Europe, based at the University of Konstanz, Germany.

Recipients of the award are selected according to ten criteria, called “Ways to Make a Difference,” based on Spira's work.

“Emily McIvor is just the sort of award winner that Henry would have approved of,” said Andrew Rowan, Ph.D, CEO of HSI and former colleague and science advisor to Henry Spira from 1980 until his death in 1998. “She has an excellent grasp of both the science and the politics of the issue, is very practical and grounded as to what is or is not possible, and keeps working hard to ‘push the peanut forward,’ a favorite Henry Spira saying.”

Emily McIvor has been central to animal welfare policy development with the EU for many years, particularly in relation to the replacement of animals in research and testing. As HSI’s policy advisor to the EU, she has had a major role in political negotiations for almost every major piece of laboratory animal protection legislation over the last decade, negotiating between advocacy groups, Members of the European Parliament, regulatory officials and industry representatives to achieve the best possible outcome for animals. She has worked on the EU Cosmetics Directive 7th Amendment, the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals regulation, and most recently the revision of Europe’s directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.

Her considerable expertise has also been brought to bear on the development of the EU Community Action Plan on the Protection and Welfare of Animals, as well as the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing, the International Coalition for Animal Protection in OECD Programmes, and the management panel of the EU-funded AXLR8 project to advance twenty-first century toxicology.

Emily is joint recipient of the 2011 award, together with Cathy Liss of the Animal Welfare Institute. This is the second time someone from Humane Society International/The Humane Society of the United States has been a recipient of the Henry Spira Award. In 2002, the award was presented to Rowan, a then vice president with The HSUS, in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the range of ethical, scientific and welfare issues associated with the use of animals in research, testing and education.

For more information about HSI’s efforts to create a future without animal testing, please visit hsi.org/endanimaltesting.

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