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Saturday, July 28


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.

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

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


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. 


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

Saturday July 28, 2012 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sunday, July 29


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.

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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

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... Read More →

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


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.

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

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


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.


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... 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... 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... Read More →

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