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Friday, July 27
 

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
 

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
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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... Read More →


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
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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... 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
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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... Read More →


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

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
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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... 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... Read More →
avatar for Wayne Pacelle

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... Read More →


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

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
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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... Read More →


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