John A. Hoyt: a lasting legacy

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to John A. Hoyt, one of WSPA’s founding board members who passed away at his home in Virginia, USA at the age of 80 on Monday 16 April. 

John made a strong contribution to the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) at a crucial time in its history as it was coming unto its own after the merger of the International Society for the Protection of Animals (ISPA) and the World Federation for the Protection of Animals (WFPA) in 1981. He served on WSPA’s board for nearly 25 years and is the only President to serve for 2 consecutive terms (May 1986 to May 1990).

John achieved a great deal for animal welfare in his lifetime and believed in the philosophical ideal that by helping animals, humans ennoble themselves. His contribution to animal protection is perhaps best exemplified by his work transforming the Humane Society of the United States into the respected organization it is today. John joined the HSUS in 1970 and helped shaped it, driving forward the professionalism of staff and the development of strong advocacy and animal protection programs. 

John’s passing is a mournful occasion for those who knew him and all of us who believe in making the world more compassionate for all living creatures. We have lost a piece of our history and a great contributor to our cause. We remember John and mourn his passing. Our sincerest condolences go out to his wife Trudy.

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