Thursday, May 30, 2013, 6-8 pm
Faculty Conference Center
716 20th Street, NW (Burns 5th Floor)
"Hot Topics in Agriculture: Ag-gag Laws, Help for Hens, and More!"
Rebecca Cary, Staff Attorney, Farm Animal Protection, The Humane Society of the United States
Rebecca Cary is a staff attorney in the Farm Animal Protection section of the Humane Society of the United States. After co-founding an animal rights group while an undergraduate at University of California San Diego, she attended Northeastern University School of Law in Boston. There, she successfully petitioned the school to offer an animal law class and completed several internships, one of which was at The Humane Society of the United States. Rebecca graduated from Northeastern in 2009 and have been at The Humane Society of the United States since 2010.
"The Link between Violence to Animals and People: Finding Solutions"
Allie Phillips, Director, National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse, National District Attorneys Association
Allie Phillips is the Director of the National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse at the National District Attorneys Association. She's a former prosecuting attorney from Michigan and is also the Founder of Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T). Allie is a nationally recognized expert in the Link, has presented at over 200 conferences, and authored over 50 publications including her latest book "Defending the Defenseless: A Guide to Protecting and Advocating for Pets."
"Regulation of Puppy \Mills under the Animal Welfare Act"
Deborah Press, Manager, Regulatory Affairs, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals\
Deborah Dubow Press is the Manager of Regulatory Affairs in the ASPCA’s Washington, DC office. Deborah develops strategy for strong agency enforcement of animal protection laws and builds relationships with federal agency staff overseeing ASPCA priority issues including protecting dogs in puppy mills, preventing horse slaughter, and obtaining humane care standards for animals raised for food. She came to the ASPCA from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), where her responsibilities included the analysis of legal issues and pursuit of penalties in connection with the enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act. Previously, Deborah served as Associate Counsel for Farm Animal Programs at the Animal Welfare Institute, where she directed the organization’s effort to challenge misleading humane food labeling claims. Deborah she received her JD from Cornell Law School and shares her home with human companions, a cat named Hester, and a rotating band of foster kittens from Washington Humane.