2015 Pet Hero Award Winner - Dr. Neal Barnard
Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Barnard has spent the past 30 years working to replace animal testing and experimentation with non-animal methods that better help human health.
In 1985, Dr. Barnard founded the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. At that time, the vast majority of U.S. medical schools used live animals—often dogs—as part of their physician training. But thanks to the work of the Physicians Committee, there are only two schools that continue to use animals. The rest have switched to validated, human-based simulators.
In 2013, the Physicians Committee learned that the Taiwanese government was planning on infecting beagle puppies with rabies in order to develop a new rabies vaccine. Gathering support from medical experts, thousands of Taiwanese citizens, Ellen DeGeneres, and Alec Baldwin; Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture announced that the dogs would be not be used.
Dr. Barnard also remains committed to making an impact in the area where the most animals are killed: our plates. He has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of a vegan diet and is now considered one of the nation’s leading authorities on health and nutrition, hosting three PBS specials. He has authored more than 70 scientific publications, 17 books and is currently an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.
It is with great pleasure that the Pet Philanthropy Circle recognizes the dedication of Dr. Neal Barnard and his remarkable achievements on behalf of animals.
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