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Criteria for Henry Spira Award

In the book Ethics into Action: Henry Spira and the Animal Rights Movement, author Peter Singer distills the methods Henry used over the years into "Ten Ways to Make a Difference." The selection criteria for this award are based upon these methods:

  1. Understands public opinion, and what people outside of the animal rights/welfare movement are thinking.
  2. Selects a course of action based upon public opinion, intensity of animal suffering, and the opportunities for change.
  3. Sets goals that are achievable and that go beyond raising public awareness. Is willing to bring about meaningful change one step at a time.
  4. Is absolutely credible. Doesn't rely on exaggeration or hype to persuade
  5. Is willing to work with anyone to make progress. Doesn't "divide the world into saints and sinners."
  6. Seeks dialogue and offers realistic solutions to problems.
  7. Is courageous enough to be confrontational if attempts at dialogue and collaboration fail.
  8. Avoids bureaucracy and empire-building.
  9. Tries to solve problems without going through the legal system, except as a last resort.
  10. Asks "Will it work?" whenever planning a course of action. Stays focused on the practical realities involved in change, as well as ethical and moral imperatives.