Press release: Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC)
The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) invites the pet care community to meet with lawmakers during the Fourth Annual Pet Care Community D.C. Fly-In on Wednesday, October 20. Due to evolving visitor guidance on Capitol Hill, PIJAC is preparing to host the fly-in virtually, as it did in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We at PIJAC look forward to safely bringing the pet care community and lawmakers together this October at our annual fly-in in a virtual capacity,” said Mike Bober, PIJAC president and CEO. “While it is true that nothing can replace the connections formed during in-person meetings, we had enormous success conducting a virtual fly-in last year and will be taking full advantage of the benefits that come with constituents participating from the comfort of their own homes and offices.”
Meetings with lawmakers, that will be scheduled by PIJAC and its partners, will center around the positive impact of pets for children and adults and the significant role of pets in our nation’s economy. Those that participate will be able to learn about and share the latest scientific data and research on these topics. Additionally, PIJAC plans to highlight legislation that leaves a positive impact such as the PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act and the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act in those meetings with elected officials.
Participants will also have the opportunity to share how they are personally affected by local, state and federal laws.
“While we at PIJAC work year-round to represent the voice of the pet care community, it’s important that community members share their day-to-day personal experiences with lawmakers directly,” said Bober.
There is no cost to register for the fly-in and everyone within the pet care community is encouraged to participate. During that same week from October 18 to 22, the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) will be hosting webinars and meetings to celebrate Pet Week on Capitol Hill, sharing how strengthening the human-animal bond can improve wellbeing for people and companion animals. Participating in these events will allow individuals to convey the critical message that pets are important to human health and quality of life.
For more information on the D.C. Fly-In, visit PIJAC.