June 24, 2011
The HSUS Awards Scholarship to Hampton High School Senior
The Humane Society of the United States is proud to announce that Brianna Brand of Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, New Hampshire is a recipient of its 46th annual Shaw-Worth Memorial Scholarship. The HSUS presents this award each year to New England high school seniors in recognition of significant work in the field of animal protection. As a runner-up for this award, Brand will receive a $500 scholarship for her studies in animal sciences at the University of New Hampshire this fall.
“Brianna has been a strong voice for animals,” said Heidi O’Brien, director of student outreach for The HSUS. “Her essays, letters and presentations to classmates and legislators demonstrate her wide-reaching concern for animals, from wildlife, to pets, to farm animals.”
Brand’s senior project, Cows and the Dairy Industry of New England, provided an eye-opening account of life for cows used in dairy production. Concerned about the well-being of cattle, she spotlighted the cruelties inherent in factory farming of dairy cows as well as calves used for veal.
“Many of my fellow students remarked that they learned a great deal; something that makes me very proud,” said Brand, “I make every effort to continuously educate the general public about humane topics.”
Brianna’s respect for the grey wolf led her to take a stand for protecting the wolf population from aerial hunting, shooting, poisoning and population-tampering. She became a member of Defenders of Wildlife and sent many messages to senators expressing her disagreement with these methods. She also wrote a persuasive essay for her English class and a short story on the wolf debate that enlightened her peers on this issue.
Due to her close relationship with horses, Brianna has been an advocate for banning horse slaughter. She has contacted her senators on this issue, has educated others about the population-tampering of wild Mustangs, and practices natural horsemanship with the horses she rides.
Brianna also actively supports animal adoptions and volunteers with the local New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She attends fundraising events such as the annual Paws Walk and informs others about puppy mills and why it’s best to adopt. She rescued a rabbit who was in dire need and has become a beloved companion.
Admiral James Shaw and his wife Elizabeth established the Shaw-Worth Memorial Scholarship in 1965 to honor the family's strong belief in compassionate treatment of animals and the importance of humane education. Admiral Shaw was instrumental in developing the youth education division of The HSUS and served as the director of The HSUS New England Regional Office.
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