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May 2, 2013

Consumer Specialty Products Association Wins Humane Society of the United States Award for Work to Prevent Poisoning of Animals, Wildlife and Children

Association members added “bittering” agent to harmful antifreeze

The Consumer Specialty Products Association has been named a recipient of the Henry Spira Humane Corporate Progress Award for its work to add a bittering agent to antifreeze and engine coolant in order to prevent the poisoning of animals and humans. The award is given by The Humane Society of the United States to acknowledge corporations that take special steps to safeguard animals.

Antifreeze and engine coolant is toxic, and posed a danger to pets, wild animals and children because of its sweet taste. The Consumer Specialty Products Association arranged agreement among major manufacturers of the products to add a bitter-flavor agent. The trade association represents the household and institutional products industry, from cleaning compounds to pest management agents to air fresheners.

“The deal brokered by the Consumer Specialty Products Association exemplifies commonsense leadership which can save the lives tens of thousands of animals,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Consumer Specialty Products Association for championing this important, humane action.”

“It is a great honor for our association to receive this recognition. Our industry was pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate on a solution to make a widely used product safer for pets and people,” said CSPA president and CEO Chris Cathcart. “As a result of this joint effort, all major marketers have proactively taken measures to reduce the potential for accidental antifreeze and coolant poisonings.”

“While initially on opposing sides, we came together to reach consensus on a path forward to protect pets, children and wildlife,” said Sara Amundson, executive director of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the lobbying affiliate of The HSUS.  “We are pleased to have partnered with CSPA on sound public policy that will have a meaningful impact to prevent poisoning, and we congratulate them on this important recognition.”

The Henry Spira Humane Corporate Progress Awards acknowledge corporations, individual businesspeople and other innovators and entrepreneurs for their contributions to the advancement of animal welfare, and to inspire others to include humane concern for animals as a core aspect of corporate social responsibility.

The Corporate Progress Awards recognize the critical role that the marketplace plays in addressing animal issues and reinforce The HSUS’ positive commitment to the integration of humane principles within business and industry. The Awards are given in memory of Henry Spira (1927-1998), the pioneering animal advocate whose campaign strategies and tactics succeeded in persuading many major corporations to join with animal protectionists in pursuit of common interests.

Other companies that received the Corporate Progress Award for their work improving animal welfare in 2012 include Sodexo, Aramark, CeeTox and Burger King.

Media Contact:
Raúl Arce-Contreras: 301-721-6440, rcontreras@humanesociety.org                

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