PIJAC is proud to announce that Laura “Peach” Reid, the first female Chair of our Board of Directors, has been honored as a “Woman of Influence” by Pet Age.
PIJAC and a coalition of small business owners stopped a bill that would have devastated pet retailers and breeders in Virginia, and successfully lobbied state Senators to amend another bill so that it protected ethical breeders and held lawbreaking breeders accountable.
As 2017 rolls on, PIJAC has launched two new tools to keep the industry informed as to what’s happening in the exciting world of legislative and regulatory debate.
PIJAC President and CEO Mike Bober appeared on a prominent New Jersey radio show to discuss how the responsible pet industry is being targeted by a Democratic state Senator running for governor.
Since the abrupt removal of breeder inspection information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) website, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) and the pet industry have been scrambling to determine what its impact will be on the pet trade and what information the USDA will ultimately be providing to the public. In order to express industry concerns and to clarify USDA’s anticipated path forward, PIJAC met with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) leadership in Washington, DC.
The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) is responding to a major policy change by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week to remove inspection reports and other documents including personal information, such as “regulatory correspondence, research facility annual reports, and enforcement records that have not received final adjudication” from their website.
The U.S. pet industry is paws down--and fins, claws, scales, and wings down--an important and significant contributor to the U.S economy as evidenced by the findings of a recently announced study at the Pet Industry Leadership Conference on the economic impact of the U.S. pet industry.
From January 30 to February 2, PIJAC and hundreds of other leading groups and individuals will gather at the second annual Pet Industry Leadership Conference (PILC) in Laguna Beach, California, to arm the pet industry for a successful 2017.
UPDATE: On January 19, 2017 SB 799 was withdrawn from further consideration by its sponsor.