In addressing issues ranging from the humane treatment of animals raised for food to curbing the trade in shark fins to moving away from puppy mills and toward shelter pet adoption, Nestlé, Starbucks, Target, Jet Airways, and Alsip Home & Nursery are the winners in 2014 of our Henry Spira Corporate Progress Awards – having altered their policies and practices to minimize adverse impacts on animals.
Some years ago, The HSUS partnered with friends of the late Henry Spira to create an award honoring this pioneering animal advocate, whose campaigns in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s are long remembered by veterans in the field for their corporate sophistication and focus on cooperation. In consultation with the philosopher and author Peter Singer and others, we've been bestowing the Spira awards on forward-thinking companies, business associations, and entrepreneurs since 2011. The collective impact of these game-changing actions by major companies has brought relief to millions, if not billions, of animals worldwide, and every year we're finding more and more deserving candidates. In this case, more competition and corporate progress is exactly what we want to see.