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Henry Spira

Fecha de nacimiento: 19. Junio 1927
Fecha de muerte: 12. Septiembre 1998

Henry Spira es reconocido como uno de los activistas por los derechos de los animales más efectivos del siglo XX.[1]​[2]​

A Spira se le da crédito por ser el gestor de la idea del movimiento de protección animal de la "vergüenza reintegrativa", que se basa en animar a los oponentes a cambiar trabajando con ellos en un esfuerzo por hacerles sentir culpabilidad en lugar de rechazarlos y vilipendiarlos.[3]​ Trabajando con Animal Rights Internacional, un grupo que fundó en 1974,[4]​ Spira es especialmente recordado por sus exitosas campañas contra la experimentación con animales en el Museo Americano de Historia Natural en 1976, dónde gatos eran mutilados para investigación sexual, y por su famoso anuncio de página completa en The New York Times en 1980, mostrando un conejo con esparadrapo sobre los ojos que preguntaba, ¿Cuántos conejos tiene que cegar Revlon en beneficio de la belleza?.[1]​[5]​ En un año, Revlon ha donado 750.000 dólares a una fundación para investigar alternativas a la experimentación animal, y ha sido seguida por donaciones sustanciales de Avon, Bristol Meyers, Estée Lauder, Max Factor, Chanel, y Mary Kay Cosmetics que condujeron a la creación del Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing .

La biografía de Spira ha sido recogida en el libro de Peter Singer Ethics Into Action: Henry Spira and the Animal Rights Movement . Wikipedia

Frases Henry Spira

„It's the fight for human freedom. And the fundamental lesson is that the meek don't make it. But audacity must be fused with attention to detail, with an awareness of social attitudes, power relations and scientific possibilities.“

—  Henry Spira

Contexto: There is a rich tradition to help answer this question ["What can be done?"]. It's the fight for human freedom. And the fundamental lesson is that the meek don't make it. But audacity must be fused with attention to detail, with an awareness of social attitudes, power relations and scientific possibilities.

„We identify with the powerless and the vulnerable—the victims, all those dominated, oppressed, and exploited. And it is the nonhuman animals whose suffering is the most intense, widespread, expanding, systematic, and socially sanctioned of all.“

—  Henry Spira

Contexto: We identify with the powerless and the vulnerable—the victims, all those dominated, oppressed, and exploited. And it is the nonhuman animals whose suffering is the most intense, widespread, expanding, systematic, and socially sanctioned of all. What can be done? What are the patterns underlying effective social struggles?

„The odd thing is, despite The Permanent Revolution being on the bookshelves, they would explain everything by going back and finding a quote from Trotsky or from Lenin in order to explain things, as opposed to explaining how things were in the real world.“

—  Henry Spira

Contexto: It was very dispiriting because a lot of things needed to be done. One of the things that happened was, if you had a good rank-and-file activist in a trade union situation, they would make them an offer to become part of the staff—at which point the person was totally lost to the campaign where they were a catalyst and became part of an apparatus that was basically going nowhere. The odd thing is, despite The Permanent Revolution being on the bookshelves, they would explain everything by going back and finding a quote from Trotsky or from Lenin in order to explain things, as opposed to explaining how things were in the real world.... They were basically just living in their own universe as opposed to making real life connections.

„If you see something that's wrong, you've got to do something about it.“

—  Henry Spira

Ethics Into Action: Henry Spira and The Animal Rights Movement by Peter Singer (1998).

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