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American Humane President to Address Second World Animal Welfare Conference

MEXICO CITY, September 27, 2016 — Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane, the United States’ first national humane organization that for 139 years has been first to serve the interests of animals, will be delivering a major address at the second World Animal Welfare Congress in Mexico City on October 5.   Her speech, “Arks of Hope, Ambassadors for Animals: The Pivotal Position of Zoos and Aquariums and Next Steps in Ensuring the Welfare of Animals in Human Care,” will detail an ambitious new, science-based certification effort by American Humane to help assure the humane treatment of the millions of animals living in the world’s zoos and aquariums.

“Animals enrich our planet and our lives, and humanity has a moral obligation to preserve wild and endangered animals,” says Dr. Ganzert. “In the face of what scientists are calling a ‘Sixth Extinction,’ zoos and aquariums have become modern-day arks of hope for many species.  To help ensure the welfare of the remarkable creatures living in these vital institutions, American Humane has developed the Humane Conservation™ program, the world’s first evidence-based certification effort focused 100 percent on animal welfare. Some of the leading zoological organizations across the globe, including Delphinus in Mexico, have already stepped forward and successfully become part of this new program, which is having a significant impact on animals in human care.” A major white paper authored by Dr. Ganzert on the effort may be found here: http://humaneconservation.org/about/white-paper/.

Since its founding in 1877, American Humane has been first to serve the interests of animals, pioneering many of the historic firsts in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, abuse and neglect. In addition to its new Humane Conservation program, American Humane works to save thousands of animals each year in disasters and cruelty cases, protects some 100,000 animal actors on television and movie production each year, ensures the welfare of some one billion farm animals, and it is leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. The organization is a leader in the international humane dialogue and its innovative programs positively touch more than 40,000 lives every minute through direct services – more than any other humane group.

To learn more about American Humane’s legacy, please visit https://www.americanhumane.org/about-us/history/. Dr. Ganzert also hosts “Be Humane,” a weekly show on Pet Life Radio detailing American Humane’s groundbreaking work. Each episode can be streamed at http://www.petliferadio.com/behumane.html or on the Apple Podcasts app or iHeartRadio app.


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