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From 26 September 2004 Issue

"Pawprint" Quiz


WASHINGTON (September 8, 2004)-How do the choices you make in everyday life affect animals? During its 50th anniversary year, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) asks people to take the quiz to discover their "Humane Living Pawprint."

The 21-question on-line quiz ( inquires about a range of everyday choices we make that can have an affect on the welfare of animals. Shopping, pet care, recycling, home products, yard landscaping and vacation choices are just some of the topics explored in the quiz.

The success of the organic foods industry and the demand for cosmetic and beauty products not tested on animals show that people are becoming conscientious in their choices. Compassion for animals is also evident in the number of U.S. families who have pets. Dogs are at home in more than 40 million American households and cats cozy up in more than 35 million U.S. homes.

"We make choices every day that impact animals. In most cases we’re not even aware of that impact. The Humane Pawprint shows people that even simple changes can make a big difference," says Patricia A. Forkan, a senior vice president for The HSUS.

The quiz gets people thinking of how they make an impact on the world. It provides suggestions to help animals and the environment.

"We know that there are a lot of compassionate consumers out there who are looking to make their lives and the world around them even better and we hope we’ve given them a valuable tool," Forkan said.

In the spirit of the Olympics, quiz-takers will receive a gold, silver or bronze rating depending on their chosen answers. Answers will lead the quiz-taker to learn more about humane issues and alternatives that benefit animals, people and the environment —and ask them to retake the exam after they’ve made some changes and try to improve their score. The last question encourages people to share their comments or stories about the choices they’ve made that have a positive impact on animals. These stories will be displayed on The HSUS Web site at

The Humane Living Pawprint quiz will be accessible from the first week of September through The HSUS’ 50th Anniversary on November 22, 2004. Quiz-takers in the Los Angeles area will be invited to attend the Spotlight Humane event (see ) on October 10, where fashionable, cruelty-free products will be highlighted.

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization with more than eight million members and constituents. The HSUS is a mainstream voice for animals, with active programs in companion animals and equine protection, wildlife and habitat protection, animals in research and farm animals and sustainable agriculture. The HSUS protects all animals through legislation, litigation, investigation, education, advocacy and fieldwork. The non-profit organization, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2004, is based in Washington, DC and has 10 regional offices across the country.


Karen L. Allanach (301) 548-7778
[email protected] 

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