March 21, 2017

PIJAC says it is proud to host three important events at this week’s Global Pet Expo that are open to attendees and the press.

PIJAC Annual Meeting – Tuesday, March 21, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time – Room W208B

Small Animals Care Standard Discussion – Wednesday, March 22, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time – Room W203A

Conversation with APHIS Deputy Administrator of Animal Care Bernadette Juarez – Thursday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Eastern Time – Room W203A


About each event:

The PIJAC Annual Meeting takes place at Global every year. It is the meeting at which PIJAC announces the results of our annual board elections and is the first of the group’s quarterly meetings. The board elects the officer team for the coming year, hears from PIJAC staff on a wide range of activities that have been carried out over the past year and discusses plans for the coming year. PIJAC staff also discusses the results of the pet industry’s economic impact study, a new opinion survey of industry leaders, an expanded communications strategy and more.

The Small Animal Care Standards Discussion will present the standards that have been drafted by PIJAC’s working group since SuperZoo. The broader industry is encouraged to attend to provide feedback and ask questions as part of the responsible pet trade’s effort to continue holding ourselves to the highest criteria of ethical care for animals and consumers.

Conversation with APHIS Deputy Administrator of Animal Care Bernadette Juarez – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) oversees many of the breeders and distributors who provide responsibly raised pets nationwide. To facilitate greater understanding between the USDA and the responsible pet industry, PIJAC will moderate a wide-ranging discussion with Deputy Administrator Juarez. The discussion will include a question-and-answer period and include the USDA’s recent decision to remove inspection reports and other documents from its website.

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