Tracking Data, Helping Animals
The Humane Research Council pushes research to improve animal advocacy
Call him the other Che.
You won’t find his face on T-shirts, and he’s not a universally recognized symbol of rebellion like that Guevara guy, but Che Green is helping to lead something of a revolution in the world of animal welfare.
Green serves as executive director of the Humane Research Council (HRC), a decade-old nonprofit that aims to empower animal advocacy groups by showing them how to use research to work more effectively. Based in Olympia, Wash., the HRC helps its client organizations evaluate their programs. It also conducts independent studies, and pulls together existing research on animal-related topics, which it posts on its website, humanespot.org.
Using research to promote animal welfare sounds sensible, but it isn’t always the norm in a field where basic data—such as the number of animals euthanized yearly in the U.S.—can be difficult to pin down. Green brings a business background to animal advocacy; before founding the HRC, he worked as an investment banker and crunched numbers for Microsoft. A longtime vegetarian, Green decided to get more involved in animal advocacy after becoming aware of the Makah tribe’s whale hunt in the Pacific Northwest.