Taking Action for Animals 2011

Washington, District of Columbia
Friday, July 15, 2011

Conference Schedule and Workshops
Registration Rates
Refund and Cancellation Policy
Conference Tracks
Student Summit
Lobby Day


Registration Type 

Registration (through June 15) 

(starts June 16) 


Optional Items 

Full Conference



Welcome reception, Saturday and Sunday workshops, exhibit hall access, banquet dinner, Lobby Day, two lunches, snack/beverage breaks Friday workshops, extra banquet tickets, exhibit hall guest passes 

Friday Only



Two Friday workshops and welcome reception Banquet tickets, exhibit hall guest passes

Saturday Only 



Welcome reception, Saturday workshops, exhibit hall access, banquet dinner, lunch, and snack/beverage breaks Friday workshops, extra banquet tickets, exhibit hall guest passes

Sunday Only 



Welcome reception, Sunday workshops, exhibit hall access, lunch, snack/beverage breaks, and Lobby Day (Monday) Friday workshops, banquet dinner tickets, exhibit hall guest passes

Student Summit* 



Welcome reception, Sunday Student Summit, trip to exhibit hall, lunch, Lobby Day (optional)  Saturday TAFA registration 

Exhibit Hall Pass



Access to the exhibit hall only None

*Minor children (ages 17 and younger) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Please complete the parental release form as a condition of registration.

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You will be assessed a $25 administrative fee for canceling your registration through July 9, 2011. We cannot issue refunds after July 9, 2011. To cancel email info@takingactionforanimals.org or call 1-888-259-5088.

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Conference tracks are developed to help attendees focus on the sessions that interest them the most. It is not a requirement to stay within the same track when choosing sessions. TAFA features four tracks:

Building Skills

Sharpen your skills as an animal advocate and learn how to build effective campaigns with new and innovative strategies to bring back to your community.


Learning the Issues

New to the field of animal protection? Soak up the basics and hear from experts on a range of issues facing all animals.


Public Policy

Animals need the law on their side. Hear from attorneys, lobbyists, and others on how you can help usher in a new era of lawmaking and enforcement for animal protection.


Reaching Out

Become an effective communicator and help spread the word to new audiences. Whether it's through the web, the media, or grassroots outreach, animals need your voice.

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Are you a teen or college student? Take part in the Taking Action for Animals Student Summit and join a national network of young people who are speaking up for animals.


Please note the Student Summit is restricted to those ages 13-22.


From 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, this special session just for students features:


•  Interactive "Learning Stations" on key animal campaigns
•  Roundtable student "Think Tank"—see what peers are doing and brainstorm on how to change the world for animals

•  How-to on forming a student animal protection club and special lobbying tips

•  "Make Your Voice Heard" hands-on activity

•  Trip to the exhibit hall, where you can network with animal protection groups from all over the country and check out the many animal-friendly vendors

•  Free literature, stickers, and campaign materials

•  Vegan pizza lunch
•  Private Lobby Day Training for those who'd like to attend Lobby Day on Monday

•  Evening film screening (begins at 4:00 p.m.)


*Minor children (ages 17 and younger) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Please complete the parental release form as a condition of registration.

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Monday, July 18: Capitol Hill

Learn how fun and easy it is to meet face-to-face with your legislators or their staff to help us push for reforms that will protect animals.


How it works:

•  During the registration process, indicate you will attend Lobby Day on the agenda page.
•  Our lobbyists will make an appointment with your legislators and/or their staffs.

•  Attend the mandatory "Get Ready to Lobby" training session (part 1) on Sunday, July 17 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00a.m. Lobby Day Training (part 2) from 10:15am - 11:30am is optional but recommended.

•  On Monday, join us on Capitol Hill and put your new skills into practice by discussing important animal protection legislation during your appointment.

•  Our lobbyists guide you every step of the way. Animals need every available human advocate working on the front lines for humane legislation!


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Select registration type:
Full Conference Registration

Optional Friday Workshops  (details)
Friday workshops are optional.
The registration fee is $50 and includes two workshops (one morning and one afternoon workshop).

Friday Morning Workshops:
Strategies to Address Pet Overpopulation
Lori Hensley (Coalition to Unchain Dogs)
Robert Hensley (Coalition to Unchain Dogs)
Stephanie Downs (Fix-It Foundation)
Cathy Wells (Project Purr -BR)

Promoting Compassionate Consumerism
Pierre Grzybowski (HSUS)
Sue Leary (AAVS)
Matt Prescott (HSUS)
Bruce Friedrich (Farm Sanctuary)
Chris Kerr (HSUS)

Friday Afternoon Workshops:
Combating Factory Farming: Strategies for Individual Advocates
Josh Balk (HSUS)
Erica Meier (COK)
Nathan Runkle (Mercy for Animals)
Kristie Middleton (HSUS)
Allan Kornberg (Farm Sanctuary)

Health, Welfare, and Policy Issues in Purebred Dog Breeding
Frank McMillan
Andrew Rowan (HSI)
Don Cleary (National Canine Research Council)
Dr. Louise Murray (ASPCA)
Friday, July 15, 2011 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)


Welcome Reception  (details)
Kick off TAFA in style...

Enjoy delicious vegan wine courtesy of Frey Vineyards, meet HSUS state directors, network, and have fun! 

Immediately following the reception, join us for a complimentary screening of The Elephant in the Living Room.  The film's producer/director will be there to take your questions!
Friday, July 15, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Banquet Dinner  (details)

Photo credit: Harry Langdon

Carol Leifer

When Carol Leifer takes that stage to close the banquet, be prepared for a lot of laughs delivered by the comic who Jerry Seinfeld described as having “one of the most uniquely hilarious minds of anyone I've ever met.”

Leifer is a three-time Emmy nominee for her writing on such shows as “Seinfeld,” “Saturday Night Live,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” and most recently, an episode of the smash ABC hit “Modern Family.”

She is also a staunch advocate for animals and adoption, and shares her life with her partner, son, and seven rescued dogs.

After the set, meet Carol Leifer at a special signing of her best-selling book, “When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win,” a no-holds-barred look at life, love, and aging. Leifer will donate all profits from sales at the signing to The HSUS.

Representative James Moran

Congressman Jim Moran (D-Va.) is currently serving his 11th term as U.S. Representative from Virginia’s 8th District. A senior member of the powerful Appropriations Committee, Congressman Moran serves as the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment and also serves on the Defense and Military Construction Subcommittees.

Rep. Moran is the co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus and received our 2010 Humane Legislator of the Year Award. A tireless defender of animals for over two decades in Congress, he is being honored tonight specifically for his work to pass his bill, enacted in December 2010, requiring accurate labeling of fur apparel. This legislation closed a loophole in federal law which allowed dog and cat fur from China to enter the U.S. market under the label of “faux” fur.

Among his many efforts to enact sensible laws providing for the humane treatment of animals, as Chairman of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, Congressman Moran has fought to prevent the roundup of wild horses and to allow the EPA to regulate the largest factory farms. His leadership in working with Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA) to pass crush video legislation was another major highlight from last session. Rep. Moran has also been one of the strongest voices opposing horse slaughter, inserting the language in this year’s Agriculture Appropriations Bill maintaining a ban on the practice. He successfully defended the language, preventing an amendment to strip the provision from the bill when it reached the House floor last month.

Wayne Pacelle

As president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, Wayne Pacelle leads the nation’s
largest animal protection organization, with 11 million members and supporters.

During his tenure, Pacelle has nearly doubled the size of the organization and, through corporate combinations with
groups such as The Fund for Animals and the Doris Day Animal League, built unity and greater
efficiency within the animal protection cause. He has led successful efforts to pass hundreds of state
and federal laws to protect animals, expanded The HSUS’s animal care operations, and worked with
dozens of corporations to enact operational changes that benefit animals.

The NonProfit Times named him Executive of the Year for his leadership during The HSUS’s response to Hurricane Katrina. He graduated from Yale University in 1987.
Saturday, July 16, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Lobby Day on Capitol Hill  
Monday, July 18, 2011 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)



Welcome Remarks  
Saturday, July 16, 2011 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM (Eastern Time)

Plenary Session  (details)

Sy Montgomery

To research books, films and articles, Sy Montgomery has been deftly undressed by an orangutan in Borneo,  worked in a pit crawling with 18,000 snakes in Manitoba, and swum with piranhas, electric eels and dolphins in the Amazon. She has handled a wild tarantula in French Guiana, searched the Altai Mountains of Mongolia’s Gobi for snow leopards and hiked into the trackless cloud forest of Papua New Guinea to radiocollar tree kangaroos.

Her 15 books in print for adults and children include her national bestselling memoir THE GOOD GOOD PIG about her life with a 750 pound pig named after a famous conductor, and her latest book, BIRDOLOGY, exploring the essence of birds.

Her work has garnered many honors, including the 2011 Sibert Medal for children's nonfiction, the New England Independent Booksellers Association Nonfiction Award, the Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award, the Henry Bergh Award for Nonfiction (given by the ASPCA for Humane Education) and dozens of other awards. Her work with the man-eating tigers, the subject of her book SPELL OF THE TIGER, was made into in a National Geographic television documentary she scripted and narrated. Also for National Geographic TV she developed and scripted MOTHER BEAR MAN, about her friend, Ben Kilham, who raises and releases orphaned bear cubs, which won a Chris award.

Sy writes for adults and children, for print and broadcast, in America and overseas in an effort to reach as wide an audience as possible at what she considers a critical turning point in human history. “We are on the cusp of either destroying this sweet, green Earth—or revolutionizing the way we understand the rest of animate creation,” she says. “It’s an important time to be writing about the connections we share with our fellow creatures. It’s a great time to be alive.” She speaks frequently at schools and museums, libraries and universities.

“Equal parts poet and scientist.”
—The New York Times

“Part Indiana Jones and part Emily Dickinson.”
—The Boston Globe

“Sy Montgomery has insight into the Others that every nature writer on this continent envies. I am no exception. Clear, emotionally telling and always right to the point, her accounts of the other forms of life are without peer.”
—Farley Mowat, author of "Never Cry Wolf"

Saturday, July 16, 2011 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM (Eastern Time)

Plenary Session 2  (details)

John Quinones, Emmy award-winning co-anchor of ABC's “Primetime” and "20/20" correspondent. 

John Quinones will join us to talk about his findings on "What Would You Do?" when the public is challenged with situations involving animals. 

Saturday, July 16, 2011 9:45 AM - 10:30 AM (Eastern Time)

Plenary Session 3  (details)

Dr. Bill Clark

Dr. Bill Clark works as part of INTERPOL's Environmental Crime Programme, focusing most of his efforts on fighting the illegal exploitation of wildlife.  His most recents responsibilities have involved the coordination of four multi-national law enforcement operations targeting elephant ivory traffickers and syndicates in Africa.  Net results: more than 250 traffickers arrested with a 90+ percent conviction rate, several tons of ivory seized along with other contraband - cat furs, snake skins and other wildlife products, illegal firearms, drugs and other contraband.  Another operation is presently in the works.

Dr. Clark has served as a wildlife law enforcement through his professional career, and holds numerous awards for his work, most notably a knighthood from the President of Senegal and the 2010 Clark R. Bavin Award for wildlife law enforcement.  He has served 30 years as a delegate to CITES, the U.N.-administered endangered species treaty, and is the principal author of the 1989 CITES resolution that classified the African elephant on Appendix I, thereby abolishing the ivory trade.

Dr. Clark has written several books and many articles on wildlife subjects.  He has reintroduced scimitar-horned oryx antelopes to their native habitats in Senegal, reintroduced roe deer to Israel's Mt. Carmel forests, rescued 80 Mongolian wolves from a Hungarian fur farm, and engaged in numerous other "hands-on" projects to benefit wild animals.  He presently is a project leader for creating a DNA forensic analysis laboratory for Kenya Wildlife Service, and partners with Univ. of Washington Prof. Sam Wasser in using DNA analysis of seized ivory to identify the elephant populations that were poached.  

Dr. Clark holds a Ph.D. in wildlife biology, a commercial pilot license and is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.  He serves as an honorary warden for Kenya Wildlife Service and passes his vacation training KWS pilots and flying patrols over Kenyan national parks.  Dr. Clark is an avid aerobatic pilot and plays a violin as a hobby.


Saturday, July 16, 2011 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM (Eastern Time)

Exhibit Hall Open  
Saturday, July 16, 2011 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Workshops  (details)
Advancing Protections for Puppy Mill Dogs
Dale Bartlett (HSUS)
Ann Sterling (HSUS)
Tim Rickey (ASPCA)

Wildlife Advocacy in Your State:  Recent Challenges and Successes
Andy Page (HSUS)
Casey Pheiffer (HSUS)
Tracy Coppola (Born Free)

Strategy and Message Development 101
Anthony Bellotti (The White Coat Waste Project)
Caryn Ginsberg (Priority Ventures Group)

Teach the Children Well:  Reaching Youth and Increasing Humane Attitudes
Nicole Forsyth (RedRover)
Stephanie Clark (HSUS)
Saturday, July 16, 2011 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)
  • Advancing Protections for Puppy Mill Dogs
  • Wildlife Advocacy in Your State: Recent Successes and Challenges
  • Strategy and Message Development 101
  • Teach the Children Well: Reaching Youth

Exhibit Hall Open  
Saturday, July 16, 2011 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Workshops  (details)
Advocating for Animals at the State and Local Levels
Nicole Paquette (HSUS)
JP Goodwin (HSUS)
Jill Buckley (ASPCA)

The Global Campaign Against Factory Farming
Philip Lymbery (CIWF)
Mahi Klosterhalfen (Albert Schweitzer Foundation) 

Tech Tools for Efficient Animal Advocacy
Jennifer Fearing (HSUS)
Michael Parrish Dudell (Ecorazzi)

Documentary Filmmaking: A Tool for Change
Mike Webber (The Elephant in the Living Room - Film)
Jonny Vasic (HSUS)
Tim Harrison (Outreach for Animals)
Saturday, July 16, 2011 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
  • Advocating for Animals at the State and Local Levels
  • The Global Campaign Against Factory Farming
  • Tech Tools for Efficient Animal Advocacy
  • Documentary Filmmaking: A Tool for Change


Lobby Day Training-part 1  (details)
Lobby Day Training (part 1)
Sara Admundson (HSLF)
Jessica Feingold-Lieberson (HSUS)
Lauren Silverman Simon (HSUS)
Kate Wall (HSUS)
Richard Patch (HSLF)
Sunday, July 17, 2011 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (Eastern Time)

Workshops  (details)
Advances in Farm Animal Protection
Paul Shapiro (HSUS)
Dr. Michael Greger (HSUS)
Gene Baur (Farm Sanctuary)

Social Media 101: for Beginners
Carie Lewis (HSUS)
Sarah Barnett (HSUS)

Reaching People of Faith
Christine Gutleben (HSUS)
Marianne Williamson

Lobby Day Training (part 2)
Sara Admundson (HSLF)
Jessica Feingold-Lieberson (HSUS)
Lauren Silverman Simon (HSUS)
Kate Wall (HSUS)
Richard Patch (HSLF)
Sunday, July 17, 2011 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM (Eastern Time)
  • Advances in Farm Animal Protection
  • Social Media 101: for Beginners
  • Reaching People of Faith
  • Lobby Day Training (part 2)

Exhibit Hall Open  
Sunday, July 17, 2011 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Workshops  (details)
From Complaint to Courtroom:  Fundamentals of Successful Cruelty Investigations
Daniel Hauff (Mercy for Animals)
Adam Parascandola (HSUS)

Animals Used for Research, Testing and Education
Katie Conlee (HSUS)
Troy Seidle (HSI)
Laura Ducceschi (AAVS)

Hometown Advocacy: Everyday Actions for Animals
Hillary Hager (HSUS)
Patricia Haddock (Delaware Votes for Animals)
Betsy McFarland (HSUS)

Outreach to Underserved Communities
Ralph Hawthorne (HSUS)
Amanda Arrington (HSUS)
Sunday, July 17, 2011 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM (Eastern Time)
  • From Complaint to Courtroom: Fundamentals of Successful Cruelty Investigations
  • Animals Used for Research, Testing and Education
  • Hometown Advocacy: Everyday Actions for Animals
  • Outreach to Underserved Communities

Exhibit Hall Open  
Sunday, July 17, 2011 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM (Eastern Time)

Workshops  (details)
Pushing the Boundaries:  Constitutional Limits on Animal Protection Laws
Jonathon Lovvorn (HSUS)
Scott Ballenger (Latham & Watkins)

Pets for Life:  Creating a Surrender Prevention Program in Your Community
Jenny Olson (HSUS)
Joyce Friedman (HSUS)

How to be an Advocate on Facebook
Emily Garman (TheSocialAnimal.com)
Danielle Brigada (National Wildlife Federation)

Helping Horses Through State Welfare Coalitions
Scott Beckstead (HSUS)
Kari Nienstedt (HSUS)
Sunday, July 17, 2011 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM (Eastern Time)
  • Pushing the Boundaries: Constitutional Limits on Animal Protection Laws
  • Pets for Life: Creating a Surrender Prevention Program in Your Community
  • How to be an Advocate on Facebook
  • Helping Horses Through State Welfare Coalitions

Closing Session  (details)

Stephanie Vance - Author of 
Taking Advocacy Action for Animals:  Being an Effective Voice on Capitol Hill – and Beyond

Stephanie Vance, the “Advocacy Guru” of Advocacy Associates joins us again to rally our advocacy troops.  With over 20 years of experience in legislative communications, including experience as a top Congressional staffer, Stephanie understands the secrets of influence in legislative environments.  She’ll share specific strategies  for moving beyond simply being heard by our representatives– after all, we want them to agree with us, right?  In this session you’ll learn how to get policymakers actively engaged as well as how to build relationships that will lead you to victory.  You’ll also gain insights into keeping those around you motivated and inspired.  The author of four books on effective advocacy (believe it or not, you can write four books on that topic) and an avid animal fan, Stephanie’s message and practical “how to tips” will help us all speak out effectively for those who can’t.
Sunday, July 17, 2011 5:45 PM - 6:30 PM (Eastern Time)


Lobby Day  
Monday, July 18, 2011 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)


Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • Credit card and check payment is accepted. If you choose to pay by check, kindly submit payment within 10 business days. You are not considered registered until payment is received. Print your confirmation e-mail and send it with your check (made payable to "The HSUS TAFA 2011") to:

    The HSUS TAFA 2011
    2100 L. St, NW
    Washington, DC 20037

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