Sat., July 19, 2008
The Taking Action for Animals 2008 conference put on by The Humane Society of the United States was held at the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City this weekend. I wasn’t able to attend the overall conference because of previous commitments, but I was able to attend the banquet dinner. The dinner was hosted by comedian Carol Leifer, writer for ‘Seinfeld,’ ‘The Larry Sanders Show’ and ‘Saturday Night Live’ and co-executive producer of ‘Rules of Engagement.’ Speakers included Congressman Earl Blumenaur (D-Ore.), 2007 Humane Legislator of the Year and Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of HSUS. Approximately 500 people attended the banquet, which loosely began at 7:15 p.m. Vegan fare was served, not my personal taste, but a respectful choice given the circumstances.
Carol’s presentation was informative and entertaining. It was obvious she was well-prepared. She gave an update on advancements continuing to be made in California with the closing of puppy mill supplied pet stores. Congressman Blumenaur was up next and although his speech was sincere, it was very looooong winded. Last to speak was Wayne. Similar to Carol, Wayne’s speech was passionate and inspirational. He said, “…it’s not a question of animal behavior, it’s a question of human behavior and not so much a question of animal rights, but human responsibility. …we don’t invent new standards and expect people to conform to them, we remind our fellow citizens what they already know to be true, and seek to hold them to their own standards of respect and compassion.”
The 3rd Annual Humane Society Walk for the Animals is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 5 at the Constitution Gardens in D.C. You can bet I’ll be there with my rescue dogs in tow!