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2002 Henry Spira Award

Andrew Rowan

Andrew Rowan, whose science-based advocacy on behalf of laboratory animals has won him respect in both scientific and animal protection circles, received the second Henry Spira Award from The Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT). The award was presented at the Fourth World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences, held August 2002 in New Orleans.

Currently senior vice president for Research, Education and International Issues at the Humane Society of the United States, Rowan serves as one of the leading advocates for animals in the world. At the same time, he maintains his affiliations as adjunct professor at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, senior fellow at the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy, and CAAT faculty member.

Rowan is known in the animal protection community for his insistence upon "symmetrical dialogue," by bringing both animal advocates and scientists together to work for progress. He is the author of numerous papers and fact sheets, and he is legendary for insisting that animal advocacy be fact-based, not emotionally driven. Under his leadership, the HSUS launched a campaign to eliminate pain and distress in laboratory animals by 2020.

Trained at Cape Town, South Africa, and Oxford, Rowan holds bachelor's degrees in chemistry and general physiology and a doctorate in biochemistry. He began his career at the Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments (FRAME), a British organization devoted to the promotion of alternative methods. Prior to his work at the HSUS, Rowan served as chairman of the Department of Environmental Studies at the Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine and director of Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy.

Among other awards, Rowan received the Russell and Burch Award for contributions to the alternatives field from the HSUS in 1996 and the CAAT Recognition Award in 1992.

CAAT established the award in 1999 in memory of Henry Spira, himself a tireless activist on behalf of animals until his death in 1998 at the age of 71. Spira, who was largely responsible for launching the animal rights movement in the United States in the mid-1970s, devoted his life to fighting injustice. He is well known for a string of successful campaigns against the use of animals in medical experiments and product safety tests.

Rowan was responsible for suggesting the criteria to be used for this award, three years ago, when the first recipient was selected. Those criteria, established by Spira himself, emphasize credibility, dialogue and reasonable goals—all hallmarks of Rowan's own career.

In his remarks at the award ceremony, Alan M. Goldberg, director of the Center, told World Congress participants that Rowan is Spira's disciple in every way. "Andrew inspires respect because he always treats stakeholders with respect. He gets his friends in the animal protection community to marshal their facts, think rationally, and set achievable goals. He gets the scientific community to listen—and to begin talking about 'when' and 'how' we develop alternatives, not 'if.' That's how Henry did business, and it's how you achieve real progress."

The first recipient of the Henry Spira Award was Christine Stevens, founder of the Animal Welfare Institute.

Henry Spira's efforts led to the establishment of CAAT in 1981. Since then, CAAT has supported the development of alternatives that refine methods to make them less painful or stressful, reduce the number of animals necessary for a particular experiment, or replace them with a non-whole-animal method. Animals in Scientific Procedures.