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Friday, July 27

9:00am EDT

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.

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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... Read More →

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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

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

9:00am EDT

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.

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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... Read More →

Tim Rickey

Senior Director, Field Investigations and Response, ASPCA
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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... Read More →

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... Read More →

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

2:00pm EDT

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!

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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

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

2:00pm EDT

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.

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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... Read More →

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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

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