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Thursday, July 26
 

5:00pm

Registration
Thursday July 26, 2012 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Convention Registration 2
 
Friday, July 27
 

8:00am

Registration
Friday July 27, 2012 8:00am - 9:00pm
Convention Registration 2

9:00am

Effective Advocacy to Protect Horses

Optional Workshop - Additional Fee Required

Learn how to advocate for horse welfare on a local, state, and federal level. Hear from experienced advocates and become empowered while learning about state welfare coalitions, the threat of horse slaughter in your community, effective letter writing, grassroots advocacy campaigns, and the federal legislative process. Practical tools and talking points, as well as hands-on learning experiences, will enable attendees to become better advocates, educate politicians and the media, and improve the lives of horses.


Speakers
avatar for Scott Beckstead

Scott Beckstead

Senior Oregon Director, The Humane Society of the United States Before joining HSUS in 2007, served as mayor of Waldport, Oregon from 2002-2007. He owned and operated his own law firm for 15 years, and  co-authored the first casebook on Animal Law. He currently teaches Animal Law as an adjunct professor at Willamette University College of Law.  With The HSUS, he has developed a diverse, statewide coalition to help... Read More →
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Teresa Bippen

Vice President, Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) Teresa Bippen has served on the FOSH Board of Directors since 2003, a few years after its inception. FOSH is an all volunteer, animal welfare organization that fights the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses. Soring is the deliberate infliction of pain upon a horse’s limbs to create a high stepping gait in the show ring. As a Board member, Teresa has headed up Marketing and Public Relations and... Read More →
avatar for Valerie Pringle

Valerie Pringle

Equine Protection Specialist, The Humane Society of the United States Valarie has been an Equine Protection Specialist with The Humane Society of the United States for the last year and a half. At Days End Farm for Horse Rescue, she completed the Equine Cruelty Investigators course. Living in Annapolis, she witnessed the carriage horses working in what she considered inhumane conditions, so she worked to pass legislation to... Read More →
avatar for Carolyn Schnurr

Carolyn Schnurr

Carolyn Schnurr, Federal Legislative Manager As federal legislative manager, Carolyn focuses on developing strong relationships for the ASPCA in Congress and with agency officials to advance the organization’s federal agenda. Carolyn is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law where she developed her legal expertise in equine issues. Originally from Kentucky, Carolyn relocated to the DC area so she could pursue a career in... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2012 9:00am - 12:00pm
TBA

9:00am

How to Work With Local Law Enforcement and Animal Control To Address Animal Cruelty

Optional Workshop - Additional Fee Required

Learn how animal advocates can help animal control and law enforcement in prosecuting animal cruelty cases.  Budget cuts, pet overpopulation, and increased awareness of animal cruelty issues have had a direct impact on our shelters and enforcement officers.  Animal control and law enforcement agencies are receiving a considerable number of complaints regarding animal cruelty and the public via the media and social networking are pressing for an increase in prosecution of these cases.  This can be overwhelming for an agency, especially when the budget does not provide for additional staff or training to assist. These factors can create a reluctance to investigate animal cruelty cases, but you can make a difference and we will teach you the tools and techniques to assist your local community.


Speakers
avatar for Kim Alboum

Kim Alboum

North Carolina State Director, The Humane Society of the United States As the North Carolina state director for The HSUS, Kim Alboum has a special interest in puppy mills and animal shelters. In 2005, she became the volunteer coordinator and served as board member for the Puppy Mill Awareness Day Organization, founded to raise public awareness of mass-production puppy factories. Her volunteer responsibilities included tracking legislation and... Read More →
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Tim Rickey

Senior Director, Field Investigations and Response, ASPCA
avatar for Sherry Schlueter

Sherry Schlueter

Executive Director, South Florida Wildlife Center Sherry Schlueter was a professional law enforcement officer for nearly 37 years (Broward Sheriff’s Office). She created the first animal cruelty detective unit within a law enforcement agency anywhere, and initiated and helped author the felony animal cruelty bill that became Florida state law in 1989. She created the Special Victims and Family Crimes Section, which included detective units... Read More →
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Michelle Welch

Assistant Attorney General, Virginia Attorney General's Office Michelle Welch is an Assistant Attorney General in the Virginia Attorney General’s Office. She is the Assistant charged with taking all animal law questions in Virginia. She is called on by agencies all over the Commonwealth to act as a special prosecutor in animal cruelty and animal fighting cases. She has been appointed a special Assistant U.S. Attorney to aid in... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2012 9:00am - 12:00pm
TBA

2:00pm

Building a Farm Animal Campaign from Start to Finish

Optional Workshop - Additional Fee Required

 

WARNING: The factory farming industries don’t want you to attend this session. There’s no greater way to reduce animal suffering than to focus on helping farm animals. And we have the plan to do it! Come learn, from some of the nation's most experienced farm animal campaigners, strategies for effectively waging farm animal cruelty initiatives in your community. This session is all about ways you can make a difference for farm animals at the local level, and with as much or little time as you have available!


Speakers
avatar for Josh Balk

Josh Balk

Director of Food Policy, Farm Animal Protection, The Humane Society of the United States
Josh Balk is director of food policy for The Humane Society of the United States. Since starting with HSUS in 2005, he has worked with many of the largest corporations in the world to improve animal welfare in their supply chains. Kraft, ConAgra, Wendy's, Kroger, Denny's, Kellogg, Sysco, and Heinz are among the many companies Balk helped to establish animal welfare policies. Before 2005, Balk worked at Compassion Over Killing as an undercover... Read More →
avatar for Bruce Friedrich

Bruce Friedrich

Senior Director for Strategic Initiatives, Farm Sanctuary Bruce Friedrich is senior director for strategic initiatives at Farm Sanctuary, where he leads Farm Sanctuary’s legislation and litigation efforts, oversees the Compassionate Communities Campaign and Someone Project, and works to introduce the world to who farmed animals are. He co-authored the Animal Activist\'s Handbook, a book about which Princeton bioethicist Peter Singer raves... Read More →
avatar for Matt Prescott

Matt Prescott

Outreach Director, Farm Animal Protection, The Humane Society of the United States
Food Policy Director, The Humane Society of the United States | Matt Prescott has worked in the animal protection field for more than a decade, with a focus on reforming agriculture to account for farm animal welfare. Working primarily with major food corporations – including fast food chains and grocery outlets – Matt has helped shepherd in more humane methods of farming systems for chickens, pigs and other animals. Matt has also... Read More →
avatar for Nathan Runkle

Nathan Runkle

Executive Director, Mercy for Animals
Nathan Runkle is the founder and executive director of Mercy For Animals. | Through his work with MFA, Nathan has been featured on ABC’s World News Tonight, Nightline, and 20/20, CNN, and National Public Radio, and in USA Today, and the New York Times. | Nathan has worked alongside elected officials, corporate executives, farmers, celebrities, and film producers to pass landmark farmed animal protection legislation, raise public awareness... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2012 2:00pm - 5:00pm
TBA

2:00pm

Strategies on Breaking the Chains – Saving one Dog at a Time

Optional Workshop - Additional Fee Required

See a sad chained dog in your neighborhood and wonder what you can do about it? You've come to the perfect panel, get ideas and positive solutions for chained dogs and under-served communities that include:

• Fencing programs
• Awareness Campaigns
• Grassroots legislative efforts

A growing trend among advocates has touched the heart of communities all over the country and become a catalyst for positive change. By providing free direct services such as fenced enclosures, dog houses, and spay/neuter services to under-served communities, advocates are transforming lives for chained dogs, their families, and helping to bridge the gap within their community.


Speakers
avatar for Amanda Arrington

Amanda Arrington

Executive Director, Coalition to Unchain Dogs and Associate Director, Pets for Life, The Humane Society of the United States Amanda Arrington is the Associate Director of the Pets for Life program at The Humane Society of the United States and previously served as the North Carolina State Director. In her current role, Amanda leads initiatives designed to reach and improve the lives of people and pets in under-served communities by expanding... Read More →
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Lori Hensley

Director of Operations, Coalition to Unchain Dogs Lori is a former math teacher and school counselor who starting volunteering for Coalition to Unchain Dogs in 2007 in Durham, North Carolina. When the Coalition decided to expand to other cities in 2009, Lori became the Director of Operations and now works full-time for the Coalition. She lives in Durham with her husband, Robert, and their three dogs.
avatar for Kelly Peterson

Kelly Peterson

Senior Vice President, State Affairs, The Humane Society of the United States
Kelly Peterson is vice president of State Affairs for The Humane Society of the United States | She works with HSUS state directors throughout the country to support animal welfare legislation, fight animal cruelty, and engage like-minded citizens to promote the protection of animals. In May, 2009, Peterson co-founded Fences for Fido—an all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit in Oregon and Washington—that has improved the lives of more than... Read More →
avatar for Tamira Thayne

Tamira Thayne

Founder, CEO, Dogs Deserve Better, Inc Tamira Thayne is founder and CEO of Dogs Deserve Better, an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to ending the chaining and penning of dogs, and bringing Man\'s Best Friend into the home and family. In 2010, Thayne was called the \"Godmother of Anti-Tethering\" by USA Today. Thayne is author of \"Capitol in Chains: 54 Days of the Doghouse Blues,\" \"Scream Like Banshee: 29 Days of Tips and Tales to Keep your... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2012 2:00pm - 5:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

Welcome Reception

Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, a free drink from the bar, meet HSUS state directors, network with other animal adovcates and have fun!


Friday July 27, 2012 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Maryland Rooms

8:00pm

Movie Screening - Madonna of the Mills

Enjoy some hot popcorn and join us for a viewing of "Madonna of the Mills," a documentary about Laura, an office manager from Staten Island, who stumbled on the reality of puppy mills four years ago and vowed to save as many breeding dogs as she possibly could. Laura has now rescued over 2,000 dogs from Amish and Mennonite farmers in Pennsylvania. In the process, she has forever changed her life and the lives of those families fortunate enough to adopt one of these remarkable “puppy mill” survivors.


Friday July 27, 2012 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Virginia Rooms
 
Saturday, July 28
 

7:30am

Registration
Saturday July 28, 2012 7:30am - 7:30pm
Convention Registration 2

8:15am

Coffee Break
Saturday July 28, 2012 8:15am - 8:45am
Washington Rooms Foyer

8:30am

Plenary Opening Remarks
Speakers
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Michael Markarian

Chief Operating Officer, The Humane Society of the United States


Saturday July 28, 2012 8:30am - 9:00am
Marriott Salon 3

9:00am

Plenary Session 1

Lean into Healthy Eating

Kathy Freston will be talking about how to "Lean In" to a healthier way of eating and living.  She believes that everything is possible - weight loss, getting healthy, and feeling great in every way - when  you just set your intention, and then nudge yourself ever so gently in the direction of the shift.  Kathy also believes that what's good for your body is also good for your soul, and for the world around you. 

 


Speakers
avatar for Kathy Freston

Kathy Freston

Health and Wellness Activist Kathy Freston is a bestselling author with a focus on healthy eating and conscious living. She is the New York Times bestselling author of The Lean, Veganist, Quantum Wellness, and The One. A media favorite, Kathy has appeared frequently on national television, including Oprah, Dr. Oz, Ellen, Good Morning America, The View, Charlie Rose, The Martha Stewart Show, and Extra, and also on OWN. She lives in Los Angeles.


Saturday July 28, 2012 9:00am - 9:45am
Marriott Salon 3

9:45am

Plenary Session 2

Taking Animal Right to the Next Level - Going Hi-Tech 
Learn how individuals and organizations can work more effectively to speak up for animals using the media and other social networks.  Learn how to: (1) band together to take a united stance on issues that affect animals; (2) use the media to respond to breaking news that involves animals, like a mad cow disease outbreak; (3) use technology to speak up for the animals, create newscasts; (4) develop rapid response strategies to respond to breaking news stories the same day; (5) be a powerful voice on your own to affect change as one individual did when contacting Amazon to stop carrying shark and dolphin meat; and (5) partner with other entities to make a real difference for animals like HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell did in conjunction with the Puerto Rican Bar association, PETA, and a Puerto Rican lawmaker to stop the opening of a lab monkey breeding facility that would have housed and bred thousands of monkeys.


Speakers
avatar for Jane Velez-Mitchell

Jane Velez-Mitchell

Host of HLN's Jane Velez Mitchell Jane Velez-Mitchell is the host of the self-titled “Jane Velez-Mitchell” on HLN. A veteran television news journalist, Velez-Mitchell reported for the nationally syndicated Warner Brothers/Telepictures show "Celebrity Justice" and regularly served as guest host for HLN’s popular program "Nancy Grace.” As a commentator on high-profile cases, Velez-Mitchell has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2012 9:45am - 10:30am
Marriott Salon 3

10:45am

Plenary Session 3

Saving Species, Saving Lives 

Zoos are unique societal intersections where nature, science, education, and human values converge. They could be sanctuaries for human and non-human animals if everything about their physical and social environments addressed every animal's needs and preferences. Exotic animals in accredited zoos are well-fed, live mostly predator-free and longer than their wild counterparts and most reproduce well. But there are also thousands of roadside zoos/menageries that threaten our communities and don't advance conservation - species welfare. And what about individual welfare of those animals in captivity? Are zoo animals thriving or just surviving? Are we rescuing and saving lives or harming both human and non-human animals? This will be a candid conservation about exotic animals in America


Speakers
avatar for Ron Kagan

Ron Kagan

CEO Detroit Zoological Society Kagan, a self-described bunny hugger, has worked for decades caring for and rescuing animals. He lectures and writes extensively about animal welfare and created nine award-winning documentaries. He developed a Wildlife Interpretive Gallery (exploring the human-animal relationship over time and in different cultures), the National Amphibian Conservation Center, Berman Academy for Humane Education, Center for Zoo... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2012 10:45am - 11:30am
Marriott Salon 3

11:30am

Exhibit Hall
Saturday July 28, 2012 11:30am - 5:00pm
Exhibit Hall A

12:00pm

Lunch
Saturday July 28, 2012 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Exhibit Hall B South

2:00pm

Social Media 201

Learn how you can be an effective advocate for animals by using social media to create positive change by creating your own campaigns or supporting existing campaigns.  You’ll learn how to engage like-minded people, leverage your existing social networks, and rally support for your cause!


Speakers
avatar for Kymberlie Adams

Kymberlie Adams

Manager, Social Media, ASPCA Kymberlie has worked in the animal welfare field for more than 15 years. As the Manager of Social Media for the ASPCA, she combines her love of writing with her campaign experience to develop, implement and track strategies for the organizations social media channels and blog. She is also responsible for community engagement and integrating social media into the organizations overall marketing strategies. A long-time... Read More →
avatar for Ann Hogan

Ann Hogan

Community Manager, The Humane Society of the United States Anne Hogan is the Community Manager at the Humane Society of the United States, where she focuses on Facebook engagement for a page of more than one million fans as well as maintaining a Twitter account with over 100,000 followers. She also runs the organization\'s blogger outreach program and is responsible for social monitoring and listening. When she\'s not tweeting, you can find... Read More →
avatar for Pulin Modi

Pulin Modi

Senior Campaigner, Change.org
Pulin Modi is a senior campaigner at Change.org. His goal is to empower the platform’s users to run effective, inspiring campaigns on many issues including animals, the environment, health, and food. Pulin graduated from Vassar College with a self-designed degree in “Ecology of Social Change,” and his background includes 17 years of organizing for animal protection with a special focus on youth campaigns, public outreach, and online... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm
TBA

2:00pm

Volunteer To Help Animals—Discover How You Can Make Change Through Action

Sponosred by E - The Environmental Magazine

Want to help animals, but not sure where or how to start?  Want to use your own talents, but feeling a little inexperienced? This workshop will explore the various ways you can take action, both as a part of an organization and on your own, and how to find the right fit for you. There are many ways to be involved; you'll hear first-hand stories from advocates on how they got started and explore options for volunteering in ways that make the most of your time and unique abilities.  Take away specific tips for meaningful actions.  Prepare to be inspired!


Speakers
avatar for Carole Baskin

Carole Baskin

CEO, Big Cat Rescue
Founder and CEO, Big Cat Rescue Carole Baskin is the founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue and manages 107 volunteers and 9 staff. She’s garnered international attention to the plight of captive big cats on CNN, Animal Planet, Discovery, U.S. News & World Report, People Magazine, The Today Show, and more with an excess of 1,000 media mentions. She supported the 2003 passage of the Captive Wild Animal Safety Act, the 2009 requirement that... Read More →
avatar for Patricia Haddock

Patricia Haddock

Co-founder and President, Delaware Votes For Animals Patricia Haddock is a longtime animal advocate who began volunteering 20 years ago, walking dogs at a local shelter outside Washington DC. Her advocacy grew to include outreach for all animals, including the farmed animals, through a variety of grassroots approaches, including letter-writing, tabling, veg outreach, public speaking, political activism, and press campaigns... Read More →
avatar for Hilary Hager

Hilary Hager

Director, National Volunteer Center of The Humane Society of the United States Hilary Anne Hager has spent the last eleven years managing volunteers in animal welfare environments and current serves as The HSUS as Director of the National Volunteer Center. Engaging volunteers in meaningful work to make the world a more humane place is Hilary’s passion and life’s work. In addition to managing volunteers in shelters, she has been a... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm
TBA

2:00pm

Wanton Waste and Cruelty: Ending Shark Finning
Shark finning is the practice of cutting the fins off a shark and throwing the animal overboard to die. This cruel and ecologically destructive practice is driven by the demand for shark fin soup, a luxury dish served worldwide at Asian weddings and banquets. Learn how advocates can help promote legislation to ban the practice of shark finning, stop the sale of shark fins, and reduce demand through consumer education.

Speakers
avatar for Sonja Fordham

Sonja Fordham

Founder, Shark Advocates International Sonja Fordham has been advocating science-based shark policies before fishery management and wildlife conservation bodies for two decades, and has been a leading proponent of bans on shark finning. In 2010, after directing shark conservation projects at Ocean Conservancy and the EU-focused Shark Alliance, she founded Shark Advocates International as a project of The Ocean Foundation. Ms. Fordham serves as... Read More →
avatar for Judy Ki

Judy Ki

Chair, Asian Pacific American Ocean Harmony Alliance & Commissioner, Commission on Asian & Pacific Islander American Affairs Judy is a retired Science teacher. She became actively involved in humane advocacy after attending her first TAFA in 2007. In 2008, Judy personally collected 1,337 signatures for HSUS’ ballot initiative in California. Under the tutelage of HSUS-CA’s Senior State Director, she successfully lobbied the... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Regnery

Rebecca Regnery

Deputy Director, Wildlife. Humane Society International Rebecca Regnery, MSB is the Deputy Director of Humane Society International’s wildlife department. She is responsible for managing wildlife programs and campaigns and represents the organization at international treaty and agreement meetings. She collaborates with U.S. and foreign governments, international agencies, non-governmental organizations, industry and consumers to accomplish... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm
TBA

2:00pm

Advocating for Animals through State Legislation
Passing state laws can create lasting change for animals. You'll learn about the latest efforts and legislative trends to both protect and exploit animals in state legislatures.  We'll discuss how to work with other individuals and organizations to create a strong coalition and neutralize our opponents so we can enact good laws and defeat bad bills. We'll explore specific examples of successful legislative efforts, including what has worked and what hasn't, and how you can best be an effective activist from afar.  You will leave the workshop with a strong set of action steps and tools.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Church

Ann Church

Vice President of State Affairs, ASPCA  Ann has held legislative positions in the U.S. Senate for Senator Birch Bayh of Indiana and with the Senate Judiciary and Senate Agriculture Committees, with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and as an issues expert for Bayh\'s U.S. Senate campaign. She spent over 20 years primarily handling state  affairs for the Humane Society of the United States and was also... Read More →
avatar for Kara Holmquist

Kara Holmquist

Director of Advocacy, MSPCA (Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Kara Holmquist is the director of advocacy for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA). Much of Kara’s work at the MSPCA includes lobbying for stronger animal protection laws in the state legislature. She has also worked on several successful ballot question initiatives. She is on the steering committee of the... Read More →
avatar for Tami Santelli

Tami Santelli

Maryland Senior State Director, The Humane Society of the United States Tami Santelli has been with The HSUS since 2006, serving as the director of state legislation prior to becoming The HSUS\'s Maryland state director in 2011. While in law school, Santelli was an active member of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, worked on the Animal Law Journal and interned for both the Great Ape Project and the D.C. law firm Meyer, Glitzenstein &... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm
TBA

3:00pm

Snack Break
Saturday July 28, 2012 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Exhibit Hall A

4:00pm

Ending Animal Experimentation through Scientific Innovation and Public Policy

Want to win big changes for animals suffering in laboratories and the classroom? There are critical first steps, such as identifying the problem, getting the facts, assessing the landscape, setting your goals and knowing what your resources are. Then what? Your leadership and relationships make all the difference. We’ll role play how to carry out the critical planning steps and how to effectively work with diverse partners in the community to make the change you are seeking. You’ll leave the workshop with a list of new prospects to help the animals in the short and, especially, long term. 


Speakers
avatar for Laura Bonar

Laura Bonar

Program Director, Animal Protection of New Mexico Laura Bonar is program director for Animal Protection of New Mexico (APNM) and Animal Protection Voters, leading APNM\'s Chimps To Sanctuary campaign since 2010. Since 2007 she has helped pass stronger local and state animal protection laws, developed programs to benefit the animals of domestic violence victims, and organized communities in support of numerous campaigns to benefit both domestic... Read More →
avatar for Kathleen Conlee

Kathleen Conlee

Senior Director, Animal Research Issues, The Humane Society of the United States Kathleen Conlee has worked at The HSUS since 1999 and oversees projects that seek to replace animals for research and testing as well as reduce animal suffering. Conlee’s work involves policy and corporate efforts as well as public education and engagement. Prior to joining The HSUS, she managed a colony of 3,000 monkeys at a primate breeding and research... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Green

Nicole Green

Director of Education for the American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS) She has worked for AAVS, in Jenkintown, PA,  for over 12 years, helping to educate students, educators, and | other concerned individuals about the use of animals in research, testing, and education. Ms. Green has been active with a variety of animal protection issues for 20 years - during that time she hosted her own radio show at Rowan University entitled “Speak... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2012 4:00pm - 5:00pm
TBA

4:00pm

Fighting Fur From Within – Working With Designers and Retailers
Working within the fashion industry, animal advocates are saving animals from the fur trade. From demonstrating the new higher quality alternatives that are just now available, to educating buyers, designers and executives of apparel companies on the cruelty and killing behind fur collars or cuffs, hear from fashion designers and advocates themselves about what has and hasn’t been effective when reaching out to and working directly with those who currently use and sell animal fur.

Speakers
avatar for John Bartlett

John Bartlett

President & Designer, John Bartlett , The Tiny Tim Rescue Fund Designer John Bartlett is known for both his authentically rugged American style as well as his strong support of animal rights and cruelty-free living. His work has earned him 2 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awards for “Best Newcomer” and “Menswear Designer of the Year” and the American Apparel and Footwear Association’s (AAFA... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Katcher

Joshua Katcher

Professor of Sustainability & Ethics in Fashion, Men's Fashion & Lifestyle Website Founder/Editor. LIM College (Laboratory Institute of Merchandising), TheDiscerningBrute.com Professor Joshua Katcher began teaching college in 2012, teaching ethical and sustainable fashion at the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising (LIM College) in Manhattan. He started “The Discerning Brute” in 2008 as a resource for intelligent men who... Read More →
avatar for Andy Page

Andy Page

Managing Director, Wildlife, The Humane Society of the United States Andrew Page has played a central role in numerous successful efforts to protect wild animals and animals raised for their fur. Since joining The HSUS in 2006, Page has led negotiations and corporate campaigns convincing top retailers and designers to reduce or eliminate their use of animal fur. Page has also opened negotiations and dialogue with the leading worldwide luxury... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2012 4:00pm - 5:00pm
TBA

4:00pm

Advocating for Pit Bull Dogs in Your Community

Sponsored by the ASPCA

Speaking up for the underdogs in your community has never been easier.  Join us for this fast-paced workshop and learn about positive trends in fighting breed discriminatory legislation, progressive policies that are getting pit bull dogs home faster and innovative and affordable kennel enrichment strategies that will keep all of your dogs happier and healthier.   Get the information the policy makers need to hear and the tools to advocate successfully for the pit bull dogs in your community!  Each participant will receive a copy of The Pit Bull Placebo, by Karen Delise. 


Speakers
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Daisy Balaweder

President, Hello Bully and Dogfighting Rescue Coalition Coordinator, Humane Society of the United States  Daisy Balawejder is the president and founder of Hello Bully, a Pittsburgh based Pit Bull rescue. After working with the HSUS on the Ohio 200 case, Daisy was contracted by the HSUS as the coordinator of the Dogfighting Rescue Coalition, which works with rescues and shelters across the country to give second chances to survivors of... Read More →
avatar for Stacey Coleman

Stacey Coleman

Executive Director, Animal Farm Foundation Stacey Coleman is the Executive Director of Animal Farm Foundation, Dutchess County, NY.  It is the Foundation’s mission to secure equal treatment and opportunity for “pit bull” dogs.  As Director, she is responsible for all aspects of the Foundation’s work  including a grants program for shelters and rescues, an Assistance Dog Training Program for shelter... Read More →
avatar for Ledy VanKavage

Ledy VanKavage

Sr. Legislative Attorney, Best Friends Animal Society Ledy VanKavage is the Senior Legislative Attorney for Best Friends Animal Society and National Manager of Best Friends Animal Society’s Pit Bull Terrier Initiative. Before joining Best Friends, Ledy worked at the ASPCA as Senior Director of Regional Legislative Services. She was a founder of the Madison County Humane Society, the Illinois Federation of Humane Societies and of... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2012 4:00pm - 5:00pm
TBA

4:00pm

Pushing the Boundaries: Domestic and International Legal Limits of Animal Protection Laws

Adverse legal decisions in state and federal courts, as well as international bodies like the World Trade Organization (WTO), can overturn or dilute vital animal protection laws. Legal experts in the fields of animal protection, constitutional, and international trade law will take a critical look at recent cases and issues that are shaping the field of animal protection law, including the NMA v. Harris case at the Supreme Court, the Tuna – Dolphin and Seals disputes at the WTO, and the legal obstacles to horse slaughter restarting in the U.S. The panel will offer recommendations about how to avoid – and defend against - a legal challenge to your hard-won legislative victory for animals.


Speakers
avatar for Sara Stewart

Sara Stewart

Senior Attorney for International Law & Trade, The Humane Society of the United States Sarah V. Stewart is the Senior Attorney for International Law & Trade in the Animal Protection Litigation Section of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).   In this capacity, Ms. Stewart leads the international group, which focuses on the intersection between international law and animal protection.  Her work includes... Read More →
avatar for Bruce Wagman

Bruce Wagman

Partner, Schiff Hardin, LLP
Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP, San Francisco | Bruce Wagman is a partner with Schiff Hardin, with an almost exclusive focus on a wide range of animal law cases, as well as animal law education, legislative counseling, and consultation.  He has been practicing animal law since 1992 and has represented clients in state and federal courts.  Bruce’s clients include numerous animal protection organizations as well as private... Read More →
avatar for David Wolfson

David Wolfson

  David J. Wolfson is a partner in the Global Corporate Group at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP.  He currently is an adjunct professor at NYU Law School, where he teaches animal law, and at New York University, where he teaches public policy and animal protection.  He has previously taught animal law at Cardozo Law School, Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School and Yale Law School. He is the author of a number of... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2012 4:00pm - 5:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

Banquet Dinner

Enjoy a delicious vegan three-course meal, listen to banquet speakers Wayne Pacelle and U.S. Rep. Sam Farr along with entertainment from singer/songwriter Nellie McKay.

Sponsored by the ASPCA

Wayne Pacelle
As President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Wayne Pacelle leads the largest animal protection organization in the United States, with 11 million members and constituents. During his tenure, Pacelle has more than doubled the size of the organization and, through corporate combinations with groups, built unity and greater efficiency within the animal protection cause. He has led successful efforts to pass hundreds of new state and federal laws to protect animals (more than 600 state laws since 2005, and more than 25 federal statutes over the last decade), expanded The HSUS’s animal care operations, and worked with dozens of corporations to enact operational changes that benefit animals. Pacelle is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them. His work on animal issues has been featured in thousands of newspapers and magazines across the country. He received his B.A. in history and studies in the environment from Yale University in 1987.

U.S. Rep. Sam Farr
Congressman Sam Farr, D-Calif., was named 2011 Humane Representative of the Year for his leadership, as the Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, securing significant increases in funding to strengthen USDA enforcement of key animal welfare laws, as well as on bills to improve treatment of egg-laying hens and promote stability for egg farmers (the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments, H.R. 3798) and to require licensing and inspections of puppy mills selling directly to the public via the Internet or other means (the PUPS Act, H.R. 835). Rep. Farr played a pivotal role in approving a USDA request to reprogram $4 million of FY 2011 funding so that the agency could address serious shortfalls in its oversight of puppy mills, identified by USDA’s own Inspector General, as well as obtaining a $5 million increase in USDA’s FY 2012 funding to enforce the Animal Welfare Act, which covers puppy mills, laboratories, zoos, circuses and other regulated facilities. Rep. Farr’s long history on this effort – he led the initial push for increased AWA funding back in 1999 and offered key guidance in the ensuing years – has been very successful. In the 1990s, AWA funding was stagnant at about $9 million per year; for FY 2012, Congress provided $27 million. In addition, Rep. Farr provided critical help last year winning enactment of a 40 percent increase in funding for the Horse Protection Act, the law that prohibits soring of show horses (the first time in decades that HPA enforcement, also strongly criticized by USDA’s Inspector General, received more than $500,000). Rep. Farr also earned a perfect score on the 2011 Humane Scorecard, and has championed animal protection dating from his service in the California Legislature.

Nellie McKay
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Nellie McKay is a creative dynamo. She has released five critically acclaimed albums, won an award for her performance in the Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera, and appeared onscreen in the film PS I Love You. Her music has been heard in films and numerous TV shows. Not just a multi-talented artist, McKay is also a staunch advocate of animal protection and other social causes, and she brings her advocacy, along with a strong dose of satire, to her music and her performances. Two of her most recent, and unique performances include “I Want to Live,” a “musical death row revue” hailed by The New Yorker as “a brilliant piece of theater,” based on the life (and death) of San Quentin inmate Barbara Graham; and “Silent Spring—It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature,” a tribute to Rachel Carson on the 50th anniversary of the book that gave birth to the environmental movement.


Speakers
avatar for Sam Farr

Sam Farr

Congressman Congressman Farr, D-Calif., was named 2011 Humane Representative of the Year for his leadership, as the Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, securing significant increases in funding to strengthen USDA enforcement of key animal welfare laws, as well as on bills to improve treatment of egg-laying hens and promote stability for egg farmers (the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments, H.R. 3798) and to... Read More →
avatar for Nellie McKay

Nellie McKay

Singer/Songwriter Acclaimed singer/songwriter Nellie McKay is a creative dynamo. She has released five critically acclaimed albums, won an award for her performance in the Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera, and appeared onscreen in the film PS I Love You. Her music has been heard in films and numerous TV shows. Not just a multi-talented artist, McKay is also a staunch advocate of animal protection and other social causes, and she... Read More →
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Wayne Pacelle

President & CEO, The Humane Society of the United States As President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Wayne Pacelle leads the largest animal protection organization in the United States, with 11 million members and constituents. During his tenure, Pacelle has more than doubled the size of the organization and, through corporate combinations with groups, built unity and greater efficiency within the animal... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2012 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Marriott Salon 2 & 3
 
Sunday, July 29
 

7:30am

Registration
Sunday July 29, 2012 7:30am - 5:00pm
Convention Registration 2

8:30am

Coffee Break
Sunday July 29, 2012 8:30am - 9:00am
Washington Rooms Foyer

9:00am

Lobby Day Training (Part 1)

“Get Ready To Lobby “ Training Session

Attendance at Part 1 is required before attending Monday Lobby Day.
If you plan to take part in Lobby Day on Monday, you are required to attend Part 1 of this training session before joining us on Capitol Hill—and we encourage you to stay for Part 2 as well. To be a successful citizen lobbyist, you must know what catches a busy lawmaker’s attention. This program will give you all the skills you need to meet with your legislators or their staff and discuss important animal protection legislation. Lobby Day packets will be available at the HSUS Federal Affairs table in the exhibit hall all weekend, and you can also pick them up at this Lobby Day training along with your Monday meeting schedule.


Speakers
avatar for Sara Amundson

Sara Amundson

Executive Director, Humane Society Legislative Fund
Sara has served as HSLF’s executive director since the organization’s inception in 2004. In this role, she leads the organization’s political and legislative activity. Her experience is well suited for the position, having served for 18 years in various key roles at the Doris Day Animal League, which joined The HSUS as an affiliate in 2006. Currently, Sara focuses primarily on lobbying on alternatives to animal testing, puppy mills, pet... Read More →
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Arianna Brown

Legislative Coordinator, Federal Affairs, The Humane Society of the United States
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Jessica Feingold-Lieberson

Legislative Specialist, Federal Affairs, The Humane Society of the United States
Federal Legislative Specialist, The Humane Society of the United States
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Jessica Johnson

Grassroots Advocacy Manager, ASPCA
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Richard Patch

Vice President of Federal Affairs, ASPCA
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Kate Wall

Legislative Specialist, Federal Affairs, The Humane Society of the United States
Federal Legislative Specialist, The Humane Society of the United States | Kate Wall is a Federal Legislative Specialist in the Federal Affairs department of The Humane Society of the United States, where she focuses primarily on legislation relating to wildlife, exotic animals, and farm animals. In addition to her policy work, she has a background in grassroots advocacy and hands-on animal care. Kate is a graduate of the George Washington... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2012 9:00am - 10:00am
TBA

10:15am

Compassion Without Borders: Fighting Animal Cruelty Worldwide

Meat, fur, and other animal derived products move easily across borders, along with ideas and practices relating to the treatment of animals, so animal protection campaigns must also be global.  Drawing upon examples from the campaigns against factory farming in developing countries/emerging economies, the trans-continental effort to halt the slaughter of seals for fur, and local programs to protect companion animals in China, this workshop showcases an array of strategies (including influencing international trade and investment policies, and utilizing on-line communication tools) to foster compassion worldwide.  Participants will be invited to examine their responsibilities and roles in protecting animals outside of their country.


Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Aldworth

Rebecca Aldworth

Executive Director, Humane Society International/Canada For fourteen years, Rebecca has been a firsthand observer of Canada\'s commercial seal slaughter, escorting more than 100 scientists, parliamentarians and journalists to witness the killing. Rebecca was one of the principle architects of the 2009 European Union prohibition on seal product trade, which depressed seal fur prices in Canada, sparing over 1,000,000 baby seals from the... Read More →
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Michael Baker

World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
Chief Executive, World Society for the Protection of Animals
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Irene Feng

Cat and Dog Welfare Director (China), Animals Asia Foundation Irene Feng is driving Animals Asia's Friends or Food campaign to end dog and cat eating and related animal-therapy projects. Through these groundbreaking programmes, Animals Asia is working to end the terrible cat and dog meat trade in China. Irene and her team work extensively with the authorities and animal-welfare groups, both in Guangdong where she is based -- a province known for... Read More →
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Chetana Mirle

Director, Farm Animal Welfare, Humane Society International Chetana Mirle, Ph.D. is the director of HSI’s Farm Animals department. In addition to overseeing HSI’s campaigns against factory farming in India, Brazil, Mexico, and Costa Rica, and helping to build the capacity of local animal protection groups in other emerging economies to fight factory farming, Chetana works with international finance and development agencies to... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2012 10:15am - 11:30am
TBA

10:15am

Serving the Under Served

Sponsored by the ASPCA

Outreach to underserved communities is an important and often overlooked aspect of animal welfare work. Reaching out to provide services to these populations in your community can lead to great results for companion animals by elevating the human-animal bond, increasing spay/neuter rates, and ultimately reducing suffering. This requires a genuine understanding of how to effectively engage, build trust, and create partnerships. Learn how to successfully overcome perceived barriers such as race, culture, language, and socioeconomic status as well as out-of-the-box strategies for how to assess your target audience, market your services, engage community partners, and approach pet owners.


Speakers
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Kenny Lamberti

Manager, Pets For Life Philadelphia, The Humane Society of the United States
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Amy Mills

CEO, Emancipet Amy Mills is the CEO of Emancipet, whose mission is to make preventive veterinary care affordable, accessible, and understandable for all pet owners. Emancipet serves the greater Austin/Central Texas community through two mobile spay/neuter clinics and a spay/neuter/wellness clinic in East Austin. These three clinics provide almost 19,000 spay/neuter surgeries and an additional 19,000 wellness visits per year. Amy’s... Read More →
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Neya Warren

Charlotte Outreach Director, Coalition to Unchain Dogs


Sunday July 29, 2012 10:15am - 11:30am
TBA

10:15am

Fatal Attractions: Ending the Private Possession of Captive Wildlife
From tiger cubs at shopping malls, to giant constrictor snakes peddled at flea markets, to backyard menageries harboring deadly predators in suburban neighborhoods, exotic animals can be found in every nook and cranny of the country. The private possession of dangerous wild animals has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S., endangering communities, damaging ecosystems, and inflicting a great deal of suffering on captive wildlife.
Learn about the trade in exotic animals, laws and regulations, legislative efforts, the role of sanctuaries, coalition building, and how recent incidents have provided new opportunities to help lions, tigers, bears, primates, reptiles, and other wild species.

Speakers
avatar for Carole Baskin

Carole Baskin

CEO, Big Cat Rescue
Founder and CEO, Big Cat Rescue Carole Baskin is the founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue and manages 107 volunteers and 9 staff. She’s garnered international attention to the plight of captive big cats on CNN, Animal Planet, Discovery, U.S. News & World Report, People Magazine, The Today Show, and more with an excess of 1,000 media mentions. She supported the 2003 passage of the Captive Wild Animal Safety Act, the 2009 requirement that... Read More →
avatar for Adam Roberts

Adam Roberts

Executive Vice President, Born Free USA     Adam Roberts is the Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, based in Washington, DC, which was started in 2002 to bring the UK-based Born Free Foundation’s message of compassionate conservation to the American public. He began his animal protection and conservation career in Washington in 1991. In addition to directing the Born Free USA office, he serves on the Board of... Read More →
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Lisa Wathne

Captive Wildlife Specialist, The Humane Society of the United Sates Wathne’s career began at a local animal shelter where she created and implemented the county’s first adoption program. She then worked on numerous campaigns at the Progressive Animal Welfare Society, including the expose of a dog dealer and the relocation of Ivan the gorilla from a department store to Zoo Atlanta. Wathne spearheaded successful efforts to ban... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2012 10:15am - 11:30am
TBA

10:15am

Lobby Day Training (Part 2)

“Get Ready To Lobby “ Training Session

Attendance at Part 1 is required before attending Monday Lobby Day.
If you plan to take part in Lobby Day on Monday, you are required to attend Part 1 of this training session before joining us on Capitol Hill—and we encourage you to stay for Part 2 as well. To be a successful citizen lobbyist, you must know what catches a busy lawmaker’s attention. This program will give you all the skills you need to meet with your legislators or their staff and discuss important animal protection legislation. Lobby Day packets will be available at the HSUS Federal Affairs table in the exhibit hall all weekend, and you can also pick them up at this Lobby Day training along with your Monday meeting schedule.


Speakers
avatar for Sara Amundson

Sara Amundson

Executive Director, Humane Society Legislative Fund
Sara has served as HSLF’s executive director since the organization’s inception in 2004. In this role, she leads the organization’s political and legislative activity. Her experience is well suited for the position, having served for 18 years in various key roles at the Doris Day Animal League, which joined The HSUS as an affiliate in 2006. Currently, Sara focuses primarily on lobbying on alternatives to animal testing, puppy mills, pet... Read More →
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Arianna Brown

Legislative Coordinator, Federal Affairs, The Humane Society of the United States
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Jessica Feingold-Lieberson

Legislative Specialist, Federal Affairs, The Humane Society of the United States
Federal Legislative Specialist, The Humane Society of the United States
JJ

Jessica Johnson

Grassroots Advocacy Manager, ASPCA
RP

Richard Patch

Vice President of Federal Affairs, ASPCA
KW

Kate Wall

Legislative Specialist, Federal Affairs, The Humane Society of the United States
Federal Legislative Specialist, The Humane Society of the United States | Kate Wall is a Federal Legislative Specialist in the Federal Affairs department of The Humane Society of the United States, where she focuses primarily on legislation relating to wildlife, exotic animals, and farm animals. In addition to her policy work, she has a background in grassroots advocacy and hands-on animal care. Kate is a graduate of the George Washington... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2012 10:15am - 11:30am
TBA

11:30am

Exhibit Hall
Sunday July 29, 2012 11:30am - 4:45pm
Exhibit Hall A

12:00pm

Lunch
Sunday July 29, 2012 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Exhibit Hall B South

2:00pm

Keeping Your Eye on The Prize: Winning Single Issue Campaigns
Working on a single-issue campaign? Hear from three experts who have each taken on the specific components of a focused campaign to protect animals. Becky Robinson, Alley Cat Allies, will walk through a case study of a campaign to save and improve the lives of cats in Wake County, North Carolina. Howard Baskin, of Big Cat Rescue, will take attendees through his campaign to end tiger cub petting. Carey Theil of GREY2K USA will report on his organization’s work to end greyhound racing. Use this session as a primer to chart your path to victory!

Speakers
avatar for Howard Baskin

Howard Baskin

Advisory Board Chairman, Big Cat Rescue
Advisory Board Chairman, Big Cat Rescue | Howard Baskin spent 11 years at Citicorp in various assignments, most recently as Director of Strategic Planning for the Commercial Real Estate Division. After leaving Citicorp in 1991 he was an equity participant and general manager in three companies, one of which he co-founded. He joined Big Cat Rescue full time in 2003 as Advisory Board Chairman. He received his B.S. cum laude from Union College... Read More →
avatar for Becky Robinson

Becky Robinson

President, Alley Cat Allies As president of Alley Cat Allies, Becky Robinson leads the nation’s only advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Co-founded by Robinson in 1990, Alley Cat Allies became the first organization to develop, introduce, and advocate for humane methods of feral cat care, particularly Trap-Neuter-Return, in America. Today, more than 260,000 supporters look to Robinson and... Read More →
avatar for Carey Theil

Carey Theil

Executive Director, GREY2K USA Since co-founding GREY2K USA with Christine Dorchak in 2001, Carey has been sourced in hundreds of news articles about greyhound racing, and has published guest columns about the industry in the Boston Globe, Rocky Mountain News, Orlando Sentinel, Providence Journal, Tallahassee Democrat, Mobile Register, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Lowell Sun and Lynn Daily Item.


Sunday July 29, 2012 2:00pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:00pm

Shining a Spotlight on Animals: Best Practices for Effective Media Outreach

Sponsored by E - The Environmental Magazine

For most animal organizations and advocates, the budget for full-time media relations assistance is minimal. This workshop will identify the most important components of an effective media outreach strategy, providing tips on how to leverage various media platforms. We will discuss how to identify and pursue media opportunities that directly and positively impact an individual issue, how journalists work and what they need from you, how to effectively react to a media story, and how to best pitch and prepare for media interviews.


Speakers
avatar for Stacey Coleman

Stacey Coleman

Executive Director, Animal Farm Foundation Stacey Coleman is the Executive Director of Animal Farm Foundation, Dutchess County, NY.  It is the Foundation’s mission to secure equal treatment and opportunity for “pit bull” dogs.  As Director, she is responsible for all aspects of the Foundation’s work  including a grants program for shelters and rescues, an Assistance Dog Training Program for shelter... Read More →
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Lisa Fletcher

News Anchor & Investigative Reporter
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Heather Sullivan

Director of Public Relations, The Humane Society of the United States | In her role as director of public relations for The Humane Society of the United States, Heather Sullivan implements media campaigns to promote and educate the public about the programs and policy work of The HSUS  and its affiliates. Through proactive outreach , The HSUS has earned the reputation as the go-to  resource on animal-welfare issues for national and... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2012 2:00pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:00pm

Moo-ving the Ball Forward for Farm Animals
Want to be inspired, amused, entertained, saddened, and did we say inspired? This is the workshop for you! Hear from some of the nation's most seasoned farm animal advocates on why these animals' plight is so dire, the truly amazing work that's being done to help them, and how YOU can get involved and take action for the too-often forgotten and terribly abused billions of animals who suffer in the meat, egg, and dairy industries.

Speakers
avatar for Gene Baur

Gene Baur

Founder, Farm Sanctuary
Co-founder and president, Farm Sanctuary Gene Baur has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by TIME magazine. For 25 years he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our cheap food system. In 2008, Gene’s book, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, became a national best seller. Today, he serves as President of... Read More →
avatar for Michael Greger

Michael Greger

Director, Public Health and Animal Agriculture, The Humane Society of the United States A founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Michael Greger, MD, is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues.  He has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, testified before Congress, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the... Read More →
avatar for Paul Shapiro

Paul Shapiro

Vice President, Farm Animal Protection, The Humane Society of the United States
Vice President, Farm Animal Protection, The Humane Society of the United States | Paul Shapiro has played an integral role in numerous successful legislative and corporate campaigns to improve the plight of farm animals. Shapiro's work has helped enact farm animal protection laws in California, Arizona, Michigan, Maine, Colorado, and Oregon. He's also worked with dozens of companies, including some of the world's top retailers, to improve animal... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2012 2:00pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:00pm

Acting Locally – Making Change in your Own Backyard
Are you determined to help bring about meaningful changes for animals but aren’t sure how to get started? Whether you’re an individual animal advocate or affiliated with an organization, this engaging workshop is for you. You’ll walk away with simple yet effective tools that will empower you to start taking action in your own communities: from building local coalitions and hosting meetings to working with area restaurants to add meat-free meals and talking with your city or county councils to adopt animal-friendly resolutions. In just a few easy steps, you can be a catalyst for change. Start today!

Speakers
avatar for Erica Meier

Erica Meier

Executive Director, Compassion Over Killing
Executive Director, Compassion Over Killing | Erica Meier is the executive director of Compassion Over Killing (COK), a non-profit animal protection organization based in Washington, DC. Since 1995, COK has worked to expose farmed animal abuse and promote vegetarian eating using a variety of strategies, including undercover investigations, litigation, corporate campaigns, and public outreach. In addition to ending the egg industry’s... Read More →
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Holly Tarry

Colorado State Director, The Humane Society of the United States Holly Tarry is The HSUS's Colorado state director. Before joining The HSUS in June 2007, she managed several departments in animal shelters in Fort Collins and Denver.  She played a key role in passing 2008 legislation phasing out cruel gestation and veal crates in Colorado, and she continues to work on puppy mills, canned hunts, prairie dog protection, and many... Read More →
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Ellie Trueman

President and CEO, Certified Shade Technologies Ellie Trueman is President and CEO of Certified Shade Technologies, a passive cooling and environmental screening company. Trueman’s professional life includes nearly thirty years of marketing, communications and strategic positioning experience. Parallel to her professional life, Trueman has been active in several efforts designed to effect animal legislation including the animal cruelty... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2012 2:00pm - 3:15pm
TBA

4:15pm

Snack Break
Sunday July 29, 2012 4:15pm - 4:45pm
Exhibit Hall A

4:45pm

The Inner Lives of Animals
The past two decades have seen a blossoming of scientific discoveries about animal minds and feelings. , Sentience (the capacity to feel) being the bedrock of ethics, this information has great potential to advance the moral status of animals. In this workshop, host Jonathan Balcombe will describe some of the more compelling examples of these discoveries in a lavishly illustrated (PowerPoint) format. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the session.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Balcombe

Jonathan Balcombe

Department Chair, Animal Studies, Humane Society University Animal behavior expert Jonathan Balcombe is a passionate advocate for animals and their living spaces. His best-selling books Pleasurable Kingdom and Second Nature and his recently-released pictorial book The Exultant Ark present animals in a new light and presage a revolution in the human-animal relationship. A PhD scientist and vegan, Balcombe’s dynamic message resonates with... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2012 4:45pm - 5:45pm
TBA

4:45pm

Social Media 101 for Advocates
Social media is an invaluable tool for organizations running campaigns large and small, for fundraising, calls to action and volunteer recruitment. See real-life examples and case studies of campaigns from organizations of all sizes; learn what worked (and what didn’t) and why—and how you can achieve powerful results for YOUR cause through social media like Facebook and Twitter.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Barnett

Sarah Barnett

Senior Reputation Manager, The Humane Society of the United States
As Senior Reputation Manager for The Humane Society of the United States, Sarah monitors and manages crisis communications for the nation's largest and most effective animal welfare organization. Working in the media relations department, she works to increase positive sentiment about the HSUS brand online and in traditional media. | | Her experience at both the local and national level have given her a unique perspective on crises, whether... Read More →
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Emily Garman

Founder, TheSocialAnimal.com Emily founded TheSocialAnimal.com in 2008 to teach animal welfare advocates how to use social media to raise money, recruit volunteers and save more lives. She presents on next-generation fundraising, social media and mega-adoption events all over the world. In 2011 she traveled to Riga, Latvia to present at the Dogs Trust European Summit, and to the US Virgin Islands to consult with individual shelters. She received... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2012 4:45pm - 5:45pm
TBA

4:45pm

Horse Welfare in America
The role of the horse in the United States has largely shifted away serving utilitarian needs for transportation, war, and nation-building to one of companion animal in modern culture, yet equines are still mistreated due to ignorance, callousness or greed.  This workshop will address several areas of cruelty to horses, and efforts being undertaken to confront them.  Topics will include the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of American horses annually, abuses in the gaited horse show industry and treatment of America’s wild horses by the federal Bureau of Land Management.

Speakers
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Stephanie Boyles

Wildlife Scientist, The Humane Society of the United States Stephanie Boyles is the Wildlife Scientist in the Wildlife and Habitat Protection Department at the Humane Society of the United States. Stephanie has more than fifteen years of experience in the field of wildlife advocacy and joined The HSUS five years ago where she works with federal and state agencies, NGOs, municipalities, corporations, and communities to develop and implement... Read More →
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Keith Dane

Vice President, Equine Protection, The Humane Society of the United States
As Vice President of Equine Protection for The Humane Society of the United States, Keith Dane oversees the domestic horse welfare programs for the nation’s largest animal protection organization. Those efforts include a nationwide campaign to end the slaughter of America’s horses, work to improve the welfare of horses used in sport, work and racing and the rehoming of America’s at-risk and homeless horses. | Dane previously served as... Read More →
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Nancy Perry

Senior Vice President, Government Relations, ASPCA
Senior Vice President of Government Relations, ASPCA | Nancy Perry oversees the ASPCA’s state and federal policy work, and recently opened the ASPCA Washington, D.C. office. Nancy formerly was HSUS’s vice president of Government Affairs. Nancy has testified in Congressional hearings and helped pass laws on animal crush videos, fur, puppy imports, animal fighting, and horse slaughter, along with 20 successful state initiatives... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2012 4:45pm - 5:45pm
TBA

4:45pm

Advancing Wildlife Policy in Your Backyard
A panel of seasoned wildlife policy experts explores the landscape for obtaining more protections for wildlife. When taking on the most harmful practices for wildlife, policy decisions take place everywhere from the state house floor, to the courtroom, to even stakeholder processes lead by public wildlife agencies. Come hear about the pressing challenges for wildlife in your state, and how you as an advocate may be the most effective voice for wildlife.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Lamp

Joseph Lamp

Member of the Board of Directors fo Maryland Votes for Animals Dr. Joseph Lamp is a decades-long animal welfare advocate, a member of the Board of Directors of Maryland Votes For Animals, and a supporter of HSUS. Appointed by former Maryland Governor Parris Glendening, he served for 14 years as the only animal welfare advocate on the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ 9 member Wildlife Advisory Commission: He is the first in the... Read More →
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Casey Pheiffer

Senior Director, Wildlife Public Policy and Advocacy, The Humane Society of the United States Pheiffer directs the wildlife policy and advocacy team for The Humane Society of the United States. The HSUS focuses its wildlife policy and campaign efforts on three fronts: work on stopping the worst wildlife abuses, such as captive hunting and illegal wildlife poaching, ending wide-spread killing of marine mammals, and stopping the exotic pet and... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2012 4:45pm - 5:45pm
TBA

6:00pm

Closing Plenary - Winning the Influence Game: Insider Strategies for Making a Difference for Animals
Lobbyists and special interests know how to move the notoriously inert Congress to action – and believe it or not, this can be done ethically, honestly and without bribery.  Join Stephanie Vance, Advocacy Guru and author of The Influence Game, in a fast-paced, energetic session that will help you get to “yes” with policymakers and their staff.  We’ll look at several of the animal-welfare movement’s battle-tested strategies, such as “if passion guides you, let reason hold the reins,” “partnering with polar opposites,” and the “puppies and children” rule (or cats or bunnies or horses or wildlife or, well, you get the idea).  These tactics have been gleaned from the Advocacy Guru’s 20+ years of experience as well as, perhaps most important, through years of very effective lobbying by the pets in her life.  Frankly, we have a lot to learn from the silent pleading of an animal companion asking for a biscuit.  Come hear her stories, review what you’ve learned at the conference (and even steal others ideas) and come away from the session with a specific action plan for moving forward when you’re back at home.  You may even win a fabulous prize!

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Vance

Stephanie Vance

Advocacy Guru, Advocacy Associates Stephanie D. Vance, author of Government by the People: How to Communicate with Congress, the fabjob.com guide, Get a Job on Capitol Hill, Citizens in Action: A Guide to Influencing Government and The Advocacy Manual has more than 20 years of experience in Congressional affairs. She has worked in a prominent DC law firm, lobbied for National Public Radio and worked in various Congressional offices, holding... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2012 6:00pm - 6:45pm
TBA
 
Monday, July 30
 

7:30am

Lobby Day Breakfast
Monday July 30, 2012 7:30am - 8:30am
Exhibit Hall B South

9:30am

Lobby Day

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet with your federal lawmakers and/or their staff to let them know how important animal issues are to you.  We rarely get the opportunity to walk the halls of Congress and meet our elected officials so don’t miss this opportunity. We will be with you every step of the way and provide you with everything you need to be effective. Plus, lobby day is a fun and easy way to instantly become a citizen lobbyist. The skills you will learn can later be applied at your local or state level. 

 

We hope to see you all there. The animals need every available humane advocate working on the front lines for humane legislation and this is a perfect opportunity to do just that!


Monday July 30, 2012 9:30am - 4:00pm
Capitol Hill