Building Consensus

It was late spring morning, and the weather in New York City was hot and hazy. A sedate elevator ride provided delivery to the 12th floor of a Beaux Arts Building on the corner of West 85th Street and Central Park West. Henry Spira, coordinator of Animal Rights International, opened the door of the rent-controlled apartment where he has lived for the past 27 years. Dressed in khaki shirt and shorts, the 67 year old Spira was a GAP ad in the making – an idea which would probably have amused the resolutely un-trendy activist.