ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), along with co-sponsors the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), today announced...
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U.S. pet owners could soon feel the impact of America's intensifying trade war with China deep down in their pockets. Earlier this month, President Donald Trump imposed a 25% tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. And China's Finance Ministry responded by placing a tariff on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods, starting in June. Now it's things like pet food and goldfish -- which are currently available for as low as $1 -- that could soon cost more because they are frequently imported to U.S. pet store suppliers directly from China.
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Statement from Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council President and CEO Mike Bober on the Humane Society’s 2019 Horrible Hundred Report:
“The Humane Society of the United States’ 2019 Horrible...
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – May 1, 2019 – During National Pet Week®, May 6-12, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), along with the entire responsible pet care community, wants to...
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Statement from Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council President and CEO Mike Bober on New York Bills A.6298/S.4234 Prohibiting the Sale of Dogs, Cats and Rabbits by...
ORLANDO, Fla. – March 21, 2019 – The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) today unveiled an industry-wide, comprehensive set of recommendations for antibiotic stewardship and combatting antimicrobial...
ORLANDO, Fla. – March 19, 2019 – The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) today recognized the exceptional accomplishments of an esteemed group of pet care community professionals with six...
Pet fish owners could soon pay more for aquarium water filters when they visit their local PetSmart, due to tariffs imposed on imports from China. A few aisles over, the price of dog and pet food could soon rise as steel and aluminum tariffs increase the costs for producers such as Cargill and J.M. Smucker Co.
FAIRFAX, VA - Mike Bober, president of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, argued hedgehogs aren’t any different from other pets and that claiming they are difficult to care for is dangerous and inaccurate. “Hedgehogs can be cared (for) through widely available products, through education and through an effort to remind people that when they take on an effort to care for an animal, whatever that animal is, they have a responsibility,” argued Bober.
Laura "Peach" Reid, chair of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) and Mike Bober, PIJAC president and CEO, issued the following statement regarding the PAWS (Pet and Women Safety)...
ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) has hired Gwyn Donohue as its new Director of Communications and Public Affairs.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens the world’s progress in healthcare, food production, and even life expectancy and affects both humans and animals. The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) recently joined...
WASHINGTON, DC - The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and the Pet Leadership Council (PLC) delivered the important message that pets are vital to our health and well-being to members of Congress and their staff last night at Pet Night on Capitol Hill.
HILO, HI - "The applicant, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, said Thursday it is reviewing DLNR's determination and considering its next steps."
COLUMBUS, OH - House Bill 506 establishes standards for dog breeders in Ohio and places stricter regulations on “high-volume breeders.” Local breeders and retailers interviewed expressed mixed feelings about the new law, some of which originated from misinformation about the bill’s contents. - Toledo Blade
COLUMBUS, OH - “One of the agreements that came out of this was [the Humane Society of the United States] would pull their ballot issue off not only this year but they would stay away for 10 years.” - Toledo Blade
Your online shopping addiction may soon set you back even more as the U.S. Supreme Court this week will hear the case against retailers that have not been collecting sales tax from customers. - New York Post
PIJAC reinstates six annual awards, honors at annual meeting
ORLANDO, FLORIDA—The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) honored six of its members as standouts in the North American responsible pet...
The CDC has issued an outbreak alert The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday issued an icky warning about pet guinea pigs: they may be spreading salmonella. - Time.com.
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Honolulu, Hawai’i—The Hawaii Fishermen’s Alliance for Conservation and Tradition (HFACT) and the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) have signed Hawai’i’s first intra-industry Memorandum...
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ALEXANDRIA, VA — Hawaii fishers are joining with a national animal welfare advocacy organization to urge the Hawaii Senate to halt a bill that would ban...
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ALEXANDRIA, VA — The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) is proud to announce that Deputy Director of Government Affairs Joshua Jones has been honored as...
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WASHINGTON, DC –The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) announced today that former U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Senior Advisor Savonne Caughey has been hired as PIJAC’s new...
AIEA, OAHU - On Friday, the First Circuit Court -- sitting as the Environmental Court -- ruled that any and all existing aquarium fish permits issued to commercial collectors to date are illegal and invalid. - Hawaii News Now
Two of America’s largest pet care associations, a California breeder association, and a California pet store owner said California Governor Jerry Brown put small businesses at risk this week with...
PHOENIX - "An Arizona lawmaker will be making another push in 2018 for a bill that would create a public animal abuse registry where someone with a felony conviction of animal cruelty would be listed." - from Tucscon.com
Today is Black Cat Appreciation Day. Founded to offset centuries-old superstitions about black cats, this is an important holiday to highlight that it’s...
CAMBRIDGE, MA - “Unfortunately, this ordinance does nothing to address breeding practices and, instead, penalizes retailers whose commitment to animal welfare — and support for local shelters and rescues across the country — is widely recognized by both for-profit and nonprofit sectors of pet care professionals,” Bober said in a statement. - from Boston Globe
A landmark initiative to help assure proper care of small companion animals was unveiled today by the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) and leaders from across the pet community. The PIJAC Small Animal Standards of Care (SAC) is the first-ever, comprehensive set of voluntary standards for breeders and distributors of small mammals, reptiles, and birds.
ARLINGTON COUNTY, VA - "Those who violate Arlington’s still-a-work-in-progress ban on exotic pets would face fines of $250 – per day – that they are out of compliance, according to a revised proposal forwarded by staff to the County Board." - from InsideNova
In light of today’s vote by the Senate Committee on Business and Professions in favor of Assembly Bill 485, PIJAC (Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council) President Mike Bober released the following statement.
Today, stakeholders met to discuss the future of Assembly Bill 485. Regretfully, the bill’s proponents did not change their position, meaning that those who care for and about companion animals will continue to oppose AB 485 on behalf of California’s pets, pet lovers, and providers of pet care.
The longevity of Petland (and Ed!) is certainly something to celebrate, but it isn’t the anniversary that earned Ed this award. Rather, PIJAC was highlighting his commitment to animal care and innovation, and the significant impact they have had on the companion animal trade.
TAMARAC - "Tamarac officials said there were only two pit bull-related bites in the city in recent years. One of the dogs was sent to an animal rescue group upstate and the other was moved to North Carolina." - from Sun Sentinel
PIJAC is pleased to republish the below editorial from the Hawaii Star-Advertiser. It advocates against Senate Bill 1240, a measure that through scientifically unsound means would ban aquarium fishing in Hawaii.
One of the biggest trade shows in the nation, SuperZoo, is July 25 to 27 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. PIJAC will be at Booth 3505, and...
In a statement issued minutes ago, a group supporting Hawaii’s fishermen praised Hawaii Governor David Y. Ige’s notice of intent to veto a bill banning aquarium fishing.
Pets in the workplace have benefits like lowering stress levels and increasing job satisfaction. However, if your workplace does not regularly allow pets, here are a few tips that can help you make your case to a superior about making the event a positive experience for everyone.
Earlier this month, a PR group working on behalf of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) asked a news reporter to pretend a cat is being abused in a video purported to raise awareness about animal abuse.
Longtime PIJAC board member and Segrest Farms President Sandy Moore has been honored with the “Hall of Fame” award by the Florida Tropical Fish Farms Association (FTFFA).
PIJAC is pleased to republish the below op-ed from supporters of Hawaii’s fishing industry. The piece was originally published by the Hawaii Star-Advertiser.
In a statement issued today, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) expressed disappointment in the California Assembly’s passage of Assembly Bill 485, a bill that bans...
In a statement issued minutes ago, Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) President Mike Bober said that New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak’s withdrawal of a veto override...
Four New Jersey pet care professionals and a national leader in animal advocacy today called on state Senators to support Governor Chris Christie’s conditional veto of Senate Bill 3041. The bill, which would undermine New Jersey’s Pet Purchase Protection Act, is before the Senate tomorrow for a veto override vote.
Throughout 2017, PIJAC has made a concerted effort to providing the responsible pet industry’s values and perspectives with relevant media. A huge part of that is creating relationships with the dedicated cat, dog, and other writers who care for and about pets through blogs, social media, and other online sources.
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In a statement issued today, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) criticized the California Assembly Committee on Appropriations’ passage of Assembly Bill 485.
“The Assembly Appropriations Committee’s vote...
National Pet Month is a time to raise awareness about responsible pet ownership – the core of what PIJAC and the pet industry do.
Pet Age’s “Women of Influence” list honoring the top 25 most influential women in the responsible pet industry has been officially released – including Laura “Peach” Ried, the first female Chair of PIJAC’s (the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council) Board of Directors.
In a statement issued today, Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) praised New Jersey Governor Christie for his conditional veto of Senate Bill 3041. S3041 would have threatened the sale of dogs and cats by reputable breeders and retailers, and put the government between pets and pet owners.
According to the American Humane Association, one in three pets become lost in their lifetime, and over 10 million dogs and cats become lost or stolen every year. While identification tags are a popular way to ensure pets have a way of getting home, they simply aren’t enough.
ANNAPOLIS – “With the stroke of a pen and a wag of a tail, Hogan pumped up financial support and standards for shelters and increased oversight on breeders.” from CBS Baltimore
According to a growing body of research, the human-animal bond provides demonstrable health benefits for both people and pets. This is especially true for people who use therapy animals – which is why April 30 has been honored as National Therapy Animal Day.
This Friday is Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day! While some people may not think the wrinkly faces, stocky build, and slobbery mouth match their idea of the peak of physical specimen,...
For years, the responsible pet industry has been engaging, often pro-actively, with lawmakers to help them understand what ethical retailers and breeders do for pets and pet owners. Those efforts recently helped lead to industry-supported measures becoming law in Virginia, as well as forward movement on animal shelter regulations in Connecticut.
PIJAC released the following statement as the California Assembly Committee on Business and Professions prepared for today’s hearing on Assembly Bill 485, known as the Pet Rescue & Adoption Act
Since this sort of “Freaky Friday” swap only happens in Hollywood, let’s look at the reality of pet ownership – yes, it’s fun to have a beloved companion animal. But ownership also requires a deliberate awareness of the responsibilities we have for our pets.
Legislators chose to empower ethical businesses and focus the state’s oversight, investigative, and enforcement powers on bad actors.
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For nearly eight months, PIJAC has led an industry-wide effort to formalize animal care standards for small mammals, reptiles, and birds. The standards were the topic of a...
Last Thursday, “Fox and Friends” celebrated National Puppy Day by discussing some of the responsible pet industry’s best practices and the differences between unethical breeders and those in the responsible pet industry.
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Last week, PIJAC was proud to co-host discussions between Bernadette Juarez – the USDA Deputy Administrator of Animal Care for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service...
PIJAC is proud to host three important events at this week’s Global Pet Expo that are open to attendees and the press.
Across the country, PIJAC is fighting for the best standards for pets and consumers. We were proud that PIJAC Board Chair Laura “Peach” Reid was recently asked to testify in...
The accolades for the responsible pet industry just keep on coming.
In January, Entrepreneur Magazine named seven pet industry businesses to its top 450 franchise companies for the quality of...
HONOLULU - "According to Rep. Ing, the measure is based off input gathered from three-years of work on the aquarium trade issue." from KITV4 ABC News
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.
On Tuesday, a coalition of New Jersey pet retailers condemned Just Pups’ frequent abuse of animals and violations of state and federal laws. As reported by The Daily Record, the six state-based businesses and the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) said that accusations against Just Pups owner Vincent Losacco was “are extremely disturbing” and that Losacco and others who abuse animals “do not reflect the true pet-retailer industry, which cares both for and about pets, and aims to provide pets loving homes.”
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.
TRENTON - "Singleton has said the registry would act as a deterrent against animal abuse, and would also help animal organizations screen prospective employees or individuals looking to adopt animals." from Burlington County Times
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.
GROVE CITY - "That decision came just days after Gov. John Kasich signed a law that will override the source of the confrontation — a new Grove City law that would have restricted where the national pet store chain's Grove City store could purchase its dogs. The Grove City law was set to become effective Sunday." - Columbus Dispatch
In a statement issued today, Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) President and CEO Mike Bober responded to the passing of Ohio SB331, to create consistent state-level regulations concerning buying...
PORTLAND - A list of permissible exotics pets will be updated, and owners fear too many people with little experience will make the decisions. - From Portland Press Herald
MUNDELEIN - Mundelein’s Village Board voted Monday to require pet shops to disclose the origin of their animals, a step back from a plan discussed last month that would have banned so-called puppy mill sales. - from Chigago Tribune
NORTH LAS VEGAS - "The City Council is set to discuss a new law that would require those shops to only sell animals that come from shelters, rescues, or non-profits. The goal is to find homes for the animals already in our community and keep puppy mill animals out of pet stores." - from KTNV 13
MUNDELEIN - "Schroeder said she has sold non-shedding hypoallergenic dogs for more than 15 years, mostly from her home in Wadsworth until moving to Long Grove last year. She said her dogs come from reputable breeders and she complies with all state laws." - from Chicago Tribune
SAFETY HARBOR – “A topic first brought to the commission by a concerned resident about a year ago was passed by the City Commission as a new ordinance Monday prohibiting the retail sale of cats and dogs within city limits.” – from Tampa Bay Times
TRENTON - "Mike Bober, CEO and president of the Washington, D.C.-based Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, said that, with New Jersey already being one of the most regulated states in the industry through laws already on the books, Lesniak’s latest bill is too much." - from NJ Biz
JOHANNESBURG - "The United Nations has banned global trade in wild African Grey Parrots, prized for their ability to imitate human speech, to help counter a decline in numbers caused by trafficking and forest loss." - from Reuters US News
WEST PALM BEACH - "New pet stores in Palm Beach County will no longer be able to sell dogs or cats as part of an effort to crack down on substandard breeders known as puppy mills." - from Sun Sentinel
In fact, according to First Pet by the Associated Press, the “number 400 is close to the many animals and other creatures that crept, crawled, plodded, padded, or hoofed their way into the history of the White House and the presidency.”
KAILUA-KONA - "An appeals court has ruled that about 50 Hawaii businesses with permits to catch fish bound for aquariums do not need environmental assessments to receive the state permits allowing them to collect the fish." - from Honolulu Star Advertiser
AURORA - "The proposed ordinance, which Richardson said is meant to prohibit the sale of dogs and cats from large scale breeders or “puppy mills” in pet shops in Aurora, would limit where pet shops or dealers could purchase a cat or dog to sell in Aurora." - from Aurora Sentinel
HOUSTON - "Exotic pet stores are required to record the names and addresses of every buyer who purchases a snake covered by the state regulations, but they aren’t required to submit those records to the state. Individual pet stores maintain the records in the event state regulators ask to see them." - from KHOU 11
Deciding what attributes are best for your family is important because different small animals have their own unique behaviors. For example, hamsters and guinea pigs interact differently with children compared to a gerbil or chinchilla.
While August 22nd may be the official National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, every day can be a "Take Your Cat the the Vet Day" because even though your cat may look healthy, there are some common health issues that aren’t always easy to see.
ALBANY - "Cats and dogs used for research by colleges and universities will soon be put up for adoption after their work is completed, according to a law signed Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo." from Democrat & Chronicle
PAWTUCKET - "The city of Pawtucket is looking to reinstate a “breed specific” ban on pit bulls after a vicious dog panel voted last week to return a pit bull-boxer mix to its owners after it mauled another dog to death in June." from WPRI 12
ROCKFORD - "It's an amendment to the Animal Control Act, where now if your dog or cat bites someone you must take it in for a bite exam within 24 hours after it happens." - from WREX 13
GREENWICH, CT - "The Pet Leadership Council (PLC), an organization comprised of pet industry leaders, animal welfare advocates, veterinarians, and academia, is announcing its support for Canine Care Certified, a new national, voluntary program that sets rigorous, science-based standards for professional breeders." - from Stamford Advocate
WASHINGTON, DC - "...provides the Secretary of Agriculture with the authority to determine that animal dealers and exhibitors are not required to obtain a license under the Act and regulations if the size of the business conducting AWA-related activities is determined to be de minimis by the Secretary." - from Federal Register
LAS VEGAS - "Canine Care Certified, a national, voluntary program that sets rigorous standards for professional breeders, was developed after three years of research at Purdue University’s Center for Animal Welfare Science and was peer-reviewed by animal scientists and canine welfare experts from major academic institutions." - from San Antonio Express News
PORTLAND - "The ordinance would prohibit retail sales of dogs and cats, unless they come from an animal care facility or rescue organization." - from Portland Press Herald
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY - " The law says any county that has a licensing requirement for dogs must provide at least 45 days notice to dog owners that their license needs renewal. That’s not happening in Hillsborough." - from WFLA News Channel 8
In just a few short days pet product manufacturers, industry leaders and retailers across the country will gather in sunny Las Vegas for SuperZoo! This annual west coast tradeshow,...
PARAMUS - "But after concerns were raised at a town meeting Wednesday night that a proposed ordinance created a standard different than that of the state level for pet stores, the ordinance was held for a future work session." - from NorthJersey.com
As summer reaches its peak, people and their pets head outdoors to have fun in the sun. While spending more time outdoors together is a great way to fit in...
SACRAMENTO - "California will no longer label dogs seized from illegal fighting rings as “vicious,” making safe rescue dogs more likely to get adopted." - from CBS Los Angeles
NASHVILLE - "Metro Nashville is thinking about a big change that could impact pet owners. It involves dogs, and it may lessen requirements involving rabies shots." - from WKRN TV
ST. PETERSBURG - "Council members unanimously gave tentative approval to an ordinance that would ban the sale of dogs and cats in St. Petersburg pet shops unless they came from humane organizations or rescue groups. The item is scheduled for a final public hearing at the July 21 meeting." - from SaintPetersBlog
MARYLAND - "Some of the ideas that have been discussed are forming a registry of all those convicted of animal cruelty cases, possibly preventing those who are found guilty from ever owning animals again." - from WMDT ABC 47
COLUMBIA - "The bill puts in place critical safeguards to protect pets and pet owners and ensures everyone will have access to the highest quality of care available." - from the Charleston Chronicle
PARAMUS - "The Paramus Mayor and Council took steps to becoming the second town in Bergen County to ban the sale of dogs bred in puppy mills with the introduction of an ordinance at its June 28 meeting." - from NorthJersey.com
TRENTON - "“It’s a bill that comes from a good place, but unfortunately does some very bad things,” said Mike Bober, president and CEO of the Washington-based Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. Bober said the bill will make it difficult for any new store to open and weakens a pet protection law that has been a model for the rest of the country." - from NorthJersey.com
RENO - "June 28, 2016 in Washoe County Commission Chambers, Smith updated commissioners about an exotic animal ordinance that's been in the works for about two years." - from KOLO 8 TV - Reno
BOSTON - "The sale of dogs and cats younger than 8 weeks old would be prohibited under a bill the Massachusetts state Senate is set to take up on Tuesday." - from Masslive.com
YAKIMA - "Yakima’s 29-year-old ban on the dog breed will remain in place after the City Council voted 4-3 against moving the issue to committee for further discussion." - from The Spokesman-Review
TALLAHASSEE - "According to an issue analysis submitted to the City Commission, Edwards believes the formation of a task force would make it easer for state and local government agencies to work together in stopping animal abuse and holding perpetrators accountable." - from WXTL ABC 27
EMERSON - "With the unanimous decision, Emerson joined a growing list of towns — mostly in southern and central New Jersey — that have banned the sale of dogs from puppy mills." - from NorthJersey.com
ROSEBURG - "A 10-pound snapping turtle recently found at the Yoncalla Water Treatment Plant is a good reminder not to release pet turtles into the wild." - from KGW.com
SANTA MARIA - "Santa Barbara County’s largest city will soon have a law that encourages owners to spay and neuter their pets to address overpopulation of cats and dogs." - from Noozhawk.com
AUGUSTA - "Many animals on the state's new restricted list will still be allowed under the proposal, but a permit from the DIFW to possess an animal on the list would be required in many cases." - from Maine Sun Journal
ROCHESTER - "Dog owners bit back at the possibility of expanded restrictions on certain breeds of dogs after a petition for breed-neutral legislation was presented to the Rochester City Council on Monday night." - from Rochester Post-Bulletin
TRENTON - "The bill, sponsored by Senators Raymond Lesniak, D-Union and James Beach, D-Camden, would require that all pet sale transactions be conducted “face-to-face.” - from NorthJersey.com
TAMPA - "The commission voted 6-0 to create a new registry for people convicted of misdemeanor and felony animal abuse." - from Tampa Bay Times
HOLLYWOOD - "Joining the wave of cities hoping to snuff out puppy mills, city commissioners on Wednesday banned the retail sale of cats and dogs bred in so-called puppy mills and kitten factories." - from Sun Sentinel
"COLUMBUS — A controversial amendment that would have nullified Toledo’s ordinance restricting where pet stores may buy their dogs will be stripped from an unrelated bill today." - from toledoblade.com
"PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Senate has passed a measure that would block cities from regulating the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in pet stores." - from tusconnewsnow.com
"Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed into law March 24 a bill to require animal shelters and rescue groups to spay/neuter cats and dogs before adoption." - from examiner.com
"'We are worried that legislation like this limits pet choice and creates situations where families must select pets not ideal for their situation,' said Bober, whose group represents pet stores and other businesses in the pet industry." - from sun-sentinel.com
"Tuesday night commissioners are expected to pass rules banning pet stores from selling dogs or cats unless the animals come from shelters or rescue groups." - from wptv.com
"PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Animal abuse laws in Rhode Island could become tougher as lawmakers consider a group of new bills." - from turnto10.com
"'We started getting a lot of emails and phone calls about it and I think we’ve seen tonight what that input can do,' Holman said. 'The point is, the council does listen to the public when there are concerns. Decisions are not set in stone or made far in advance. We will listen, and I think this is an example of how we can change policy based on public comment.'" - from normantranscript.com
"Jamaica Plain City Councilor Matt O’Malley introduced an ordinance nicknamed the 'Puppy Mill Bill' on Feb. 22 that would ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores in Boston, according to a press release." - from jamaicaplaingazette.com
"Despite potential Grove City Council action that could impact its operations, Petland will open its new Grove City store as scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. 'We have a lot of special events planned for our grand-opening celebration,' said Elizabeth Kunzelman, director of public affairs for Petland." - from thisweeknews.com
"'I am pleased we sent the message that our community abhors the inhumane treatment of animals by puppy mills,' Potok said in an email. 'But I would have preferred following our counsel's advice to first consult with the New York attorney general's office. I expect that the new law will prove legally defective.'"
"GROVE CITY, Ohio (WCMH)–A Petland on London Groveport Road opens February 27 in Grove City. The question remains, will they be able to sell puppies from high-volume breeders?" - from nbci4.com
"Philadelphia could soon be the next city to ban pet stores from selling commercially bred dogs and cats, a move that prioritizes adoptions of rescue animals and is aimed at stopping the growth of so-called animal 'mills.'" - from www.post-gazette.com
NORMAN, Okla. - Snakes are at the center of controversy in Norman. Tuesday night, several pet owners showed up to the city council meeting to voice their concerns over a proposed ordinance that would ban certain types of exotic creatures like pythons and boa constrictors. - from kfor.com
Legislation to prohibit localities from banning certain dog breeds is under review in the Kentucky Senate. The measure got the backing of the Senate Agriculture Committee last week. Lee Greenwood with Best Friends Animal Society says it’s a property rights issue. “The science is pretty clear, as we said, there really is no connection between breed and a dog’s propensity for acting in one way or another.” - from wkms.org
"HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are tackling issues from animal rights to police accountability as lawmakers head into their third full week of the 2016 legislative session." from - washingtontimes.com
"On Jan. 28, Bellmawr became the 14th municipality in Camden County to adopt an ordinance banning the sale of dogs and cats...." - From courierpostonline.com
"Clark County is exploring what steps it can take to discourage pet stores from selling animals bred in inhumane conditions." - from lasvegassun.com
"Grove City Council members were searching for answers before voting Monday on whether to ban what would be its only pet store from selling "puppy mill" dogs." - from dispatch.com
"A proposed ordinance that would ban the sale of dogs or cats from pet stores in Tempe unless the animal was obtained from an animal shelter or rescue organization drew strong protests from the store's supporters during a public hearing Thursday night." - from azcentral.com
"SARASOTA - Sarasota County commissioners heard more than 10 hours of public comment from over 100 people before voting 3-2 in favor of an ordinance Wednesday banning the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in retail establishments." - from heraldtribune.com
"Sarasota County commissioners are scheduled to vote Wednesday on an ordinance that would ban retail pet stores from selling commercially bred dogs and cats." - from heraldtribune.com
"It could soon be easier to become a backyard chicken farmer — and be legal to become a reptile owner — in Minneapolis." - from startribune.com
"Buying little Johnny a new puppy from your neighborhood pet shop is quickly becoming a thing of the past. And not just in Las Vegas, which voted to ban the retail sale of non-rescue dogs and cats on Jan. 6. - from reviewjournal.com
"A stack of bills will be debated in the State House on Thursday, including laws that would crack down on unlawful tethering and abandoning of pets, but the big one is a ban on the sale of cats and dogs younger than eight weeks old." - from twcnews.com
"Wednesday’s edition of the Federal Register contains new protections for tropical fish, export and import regulations, and payment requirements for government subcontractors." - from thehill.com
"There will be no doggies for sale in any window of any store in Palm Beach Gardens." - from mypalmbeachpost.com
"APPLETON (WI) - Council members could vote on a proposal to allow snakes up to 6 feet as pets at its Jan. 20 meeting." - from postcrescent.com
"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is amending its regulations under the Lacey Act to add all species of salamanders from 20 genera, of which there are 201 species, to the list of injurious amphibians." - from federalregister.gov
"The Warrenville (IL) Community Development and Planning Committee/Committee of the Whole will continue discussing a proposed ordinance to ban the unlicensed breeding of dogs and cats during its regular meeting at 7 p.m. today ..." - from championnews.net
'JANESVILLE, WI (WKOW) -- A city council member in Janesville is responding to calls for tougher standards for pet stores as some in the community are rallying to urge pet owners to support shelters and not what they're calling puppy mills." - from wkow.com
"MAMARONECK, NY - The village's first agenda item of 2016: protect its furry, four-legged friends." - from lohud.com
"Some pet stores in Las Vegas will need a serious makeover to comply with a new law passed by the city council that will shake up the traditional sales of dogs, cats and even potbellied pigs." - from reviewjournal.com
"MADISON, Wisconsin — A Republican bill that would outlaw possession of dangerous exotic animals grew more complicated Tuesday after its authors said they plan to soften it to protect more businesses." - from dailyjournal.net
"Bernadette Juarez has been named acting Deputy Administrator for the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Animal Care (AC) program." - from wattagnet.com
"PROVIDENCE -- Penalties of $15,000 were lodged against a dog daycare business where a golden retriever mix was injured so severely during unsupervised play outside that she had to be destroyed." - from providencejournal.com
"AVENEL, NJ — A state senator has filed a bill that would crack down on the sale of pets from large-scale breeders in an effort to put so-called puppy and kitten mills out of business." - from nj.com
"The “Working Dog” is now New York’s official state dog. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a measure into law last week that added trained working dogs to the list of creatures that represent the state." - from wnbf.com
"APPLETON, WI - The city's Health Committee could recommend a new ordinance that would increase the size of snakes allowed as pets." - from postcresent.com
In a statement issued today, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council commented on a petition for rulemaking under the Animal Welfare Act to increase minimum standards at commercial dog breeding...
Hershey, PA –Today at Barkleigh Productions’ Groom Expo, the Professional Pet Groomers & Stylists Alliance (PPGSA) formally released the results of a year-long initiative to develop comprehensive safety and sanitation standards that will serve as the grooming industry’s standard of care for pet grooming. These industry-wide standards are the first of their kind and a significant milestone in the grooming industry.
In a statement issued today, PIJAC Executive Vice President Mike Bober responded to Judge David Campbell’s ruling in the matter of Puppies N’ Love, et al. v. City of Phoenix...
Communication tools such as FirstLook serve to inform and engage pet professionals, pet hobbyists, and pet businesses on what is being said within, and about, the pet industry. But how effective is FirstLook? Does it generate genuine member-engagement and interest on important issues and trends with 'clicks' on articles?
The solution to this dilemma is simple; don’t be a stranger showing up at their office. If you have built a relationship with your legislators before an issue that threatens you arises you have a much better chance of being successful.
Oftentimes when delivering testimony, PIJAC staff point out that those of us in the pet field don’t just care ABOUT animals, we care FOR animals. That firsthand knowledge makes our members some of the best sources available for information on best practices and standard operating procedures as well as the likely impact of proposed legislation and regulations on our trade.
This new partnership will also help protect consumer choice and be more proactive in promoting the industry and its positive programs, while advocating for the health and well-being of companion animals.
Washington, DC – Last week the pet industry’s most influential leaders assembled to participate in the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council’s (PIJAC) fourth annual Top2Top Conference set at the picturesque Omni la Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California. Attendees enjoyed networking opportunities and a stellar line-up of compelling speakers addressing a wide spectrum of issues facing the pet sector, focusing on the conference theme of what it means to “Lead the Pack.”
Recently, I asked Marshall Meyers, Senior Advisor and former CEO of PIJAC and a partner at Meyers & Alterman here in Washington, D.C., to pause and reflect on how PIJAC and its advocacy on behalf of pets and our industry have evolved over the years. Marshall’s experience confronting our industry’s most pressing issues predates PIJAC’s incorporation in 1971.
This was the 6th Annual St. Puppy’s Day, and my first. Hosted by Pinnacle Pet, it’s one of several events held around the country each year offering educational forums for breeders on animal healthcare, breeding best practices and kennel design and maintenance.
Scott Hardin—a biologist, expert on exotic and invasive species and proud owner of a ball python named Ricky (as in Lucy’s husband)—has the kind of insight that comes only with years of experience working at the intersection of science, environmental stewardship and public policy, balancing conservation of fish and wildlife with responsible pet ownership.
Every year, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) hosts the Top2Top Conference—an opportunity for pet industry executives, entrepreneurs, elected officials, journalists and advocates to come together, network, and discuss a myriad of issues affecting the pet industry nationwide.
Animal Planet’s popular Puppy Bowl, now in its 11th year, will run opposite the big game; 13.5 million of us tuned in last year to watch hours of puppies playing... All hype aside, TV commercials shown during the big game are a powerful reminder of the many choices we have as American consumers and, this year at least, what our canine companions mean to us.
Petland knows that you can’t rush the sales process. Anyone preparing to take home a first pet needs time to understand what it takes to care for even a guinea pig or hermit crab.
The annual Top2Top conference is sure to warm you from the inside out, with star-studded speaker lineup, motivational presentations, a luxury spa and award-winning golf course.
In late November, the city council in Welland, a small city in southern Ontario not far from Niagara Falls, approved a bylaw to regulate pet stores in the city that sell dogs, cats and rabbits.
As an organization, one of PIJAC’s main tenets is to promote responsible pet ownership, including snakes. We therefore denounce the Discovery channel’s mistreatment of animals for the purpose of ratings as irresponsible, exploitative and insulting to those who raise and care for constrictors.
In getting up to speed on all of the issues around responsible reptile ownership, I am lucky to have as my teachers leading reptile specialists right here in the PIJAC family. When it comes to reptiles, one such authority is John Mack, founder and CEO of Reptiles by Mack and one of the world’s leading experts on breeding and keeping reptiles.
With the 2014 midterm elections in the rear-view mirror, it's time to look ahead and prepare for how these elections may impact animal welfare, pet-choice, responsible pet ownership, and responsible pet businesses across the country in the coming months.
The 2015 Top2Top is sure to deliver value for those who attend. Don' t miss out. Take a moment to read the Top 5 reasons you need to be at the 2015 Top2Top Conference in sunny California and register today!
Let me briefly outline PIJAC’s position and explain why we believe microchipping is in the best interests of pets, their owners and the pet industry. It is also important to know that we are asking the Committee to consider amendments that take into account specific concerns we raised in expressing our support for the bill.
A recent editorial in the Sacramento Bee (“A Dangerous Dogs Act of 2015?” Nov. 8) called on the California State Assembly to propose a law to allow cities and counties to restrict specific dog breeds “up to and including outright bans.” People should absolutely be safe from harm and protected from violent animals. However, this is an issue that deserves to be addressed thoughtfully, rather than with knee-jerk legislation.
From the moment I walked onto the show floor at Aquatic Experience on Saturday morning, I found myself surrounded by excited families with smiling children marveling at all of the exhibits. It’s no wonder considering it was a bustling hall featuring everything for the aquatics enthusiast.
It’s no coincidence that, in new advertising campaigns for Budweiser and Discover, pets –- a yellow lab in the case of a responsible-drinking commercial by Anheuser-Busch, a frog for Discover –-head the cast.
We already know that pets benefit human health and enhance our quality of life at all stages. People living with pets report less stress and a greater sense of wellbeing. Research has shown that having pets in society results in an overall decrease in health care costs....
Today we have mounting evidence of the value — to people and their pets alike — of the human animal bond. My personal, albeit unscientific, experience certainly underscores what the research continues to tell us.
I was lucky enough to spend one day recently visiting longtime PIJAC member Segrest Farms, one of the world's largest and most successful distributors of wholesale ornamental fish.
We at PIJAC are often asked about our favorite sources for reading up on the nature of the human-animal bond – one of pet ownership’s greatest rewards – and staying current on the latest research in the field.
Pets play a vital role in our lives, and that means that breeders do too. Because we depend on them to produce healthy, happy animals, it’s about time we understood breeders better.
Washington, DC – The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) applauds California Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of Assembly Bill 2056 which will increase customer protections when acquiring pet insurance.
Washington, DC – All over the world, in cities and towns everywhere, pets and animals of every species are acknowledged with a special ‘blessing’ on World Animal Day. Celebrated annually on October 4th, World Animal Day is a long-standing tradition recognizing the importance of animals to humankind.
Since stepping into my new role earlier this month, I have been traveling around the country meeting with PIJAC members and others in the pet business community, including visits to pet shops and commercial breeders. I am listening carefully to your input, deepening my understanding of the critical issues facing us and building new relationships.
Washington, DC – The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) announced today that Jim Myers, chief executive officer for Petco, a leading national pet specialty retailer, will serve as keynote speaker for the pet industry’s fourth annual Top2Top conference, April 28-30, 2015.
Having an animal companion has been shown to help to reduce stress and blood pressure, increase a child’s sense of responsibility, teach compassion and promote an interest in conservation. And we are not just talking dogs and cats here.
Washington, DC – Even in an election year, the love of pets can bring Democrats and Republicans together. This Thursday, September 18th, Members and staff from both sides of the aisle will gather for the 18th annual Pet Night on Capitol Hill, organized by the Animal Health Institute (AHI).
As of today, bans of pet store sales of dogs and cats that come from commercial breeders have been enacted or are pending in 77 municipalities and states around the country. As well intended as most of their advocates are, pet store sales bans are not the answer.
Thomas Edison once said: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” At the 2015 Top2Top, however, the opportunity to network with industry leaders and learn the latest trends will look more like a workcation and come outfitted in business casual attire and sunglasses.
Washington, DC – The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) is pleased to announce Rebekah Milford as the new Director of Marketing & Communications.
Washington, DC – In a federal court ruling handed down today, the Cook County, IL, pet sale ordinance scheduled to take effect October 1 has been delayed pending the outcome of a lawsuit filed by several of the affected store owners.
Washington, DC -- The fourth annual Pet Industry’s Top2Top conference announces that registration is now open for the April 28-30, 2015 event. The conference will bring...
As a busy pet industry executive, it’s difficult for you to stay regularly informed about important pet-related news and information that affects your business. That’s why PIJAC is now offering to its members PIJAC FirstLook, your daily executive news brief.
I would like to personally share my stance on reptile ownership and ensure both owners of reptiles and the organizations that support them that as President and CEO of PIJAC I will work to protect reptiles as fiercely as any other pet type.
As many of you already know, I will become President and CEO of PIJAC next week. Before then, I wanted to take the time to introduce myself and explain – in my own words – why I embrace the opportunities and challenges of my new role. I want you to hear this directly from me.
Washington, DC - The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) is pleased to announce Robert Likins as the new Director of Government Affairs.
On Wednesday, the PIJAC Board of Directors voted to offer the positions of President and CEO to Ed Sayres.
This decision followed a lengthy search process and internal discussions,...
The post-survey results are in! See what attendees thought of the 2014 Top2Top Conference.
Amelia Island, FL - There was no shortage of applause or “pup-a-razzi” for pet industry leaders at PIJAC’s (Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council) annual Top2Top Conference for the good deeds and accomplishments made on behalf of family and shelter pets and those who love them.
Washington, DC – PIJAC (The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council) is pleased to announce the election of two new Board Members, Joe Watson of Petland, Inc. and John Mack of Reptiles by Mack. Watson and Mack were unanimously elected at the March 11th Board Meeting.
Washington, DC/Providence, RI - “Unfortunately, pet grooming, boarding, sitting and walking are easy targets for politicians looking for ways to increase their diminishing budgets. Taxing dog owners who only want to take care of their pets is totally unjustified,” says Ken Oh. “Attorneys and accountants aren’t subject to a service tax – why are pet services?”
Excellent points made by Mark Evans, Editor for Inside Tuscon Business, in his recent article regarding a potential ban on the retail sale of kittens and puppies in Tuscon, Arizona.
Have you read the following op-ed supporting our position in Connecticut? The article was recently published by the Hartford Courant and comes at an important time for responsible pet stores and supporters of pet-choice in the Constitution State.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
But you're not just investing in knowledge when you register for the 2014 Top2Top Conference. You are also investing...
Washington, DC - Chicago’s proposed ordinance that will force the closure of pet stores that sell animals creates new dangers for consumers and does nothing to protect pets. Why? Because right now, licensed United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) breeders – and Illinois regulated pet stores – are held to a higher standard of humane treatment.
Washington, DC/Salt Lake City, UT – As the pet industry leader whose top priority is to ensure the most positive experience between pet owners and their pets, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) gives high marks to Utah Governor Gary Herbert, along with Representative Angela Romero (D) and Senator Brian E. Shiozawa (R) for the joint resolution designating “Identify Your Pet Day” as Friday, April 18, 2014
Is the hazy shade of winter making you long for gentle ocean breezes? Fear not. The 2014 Top2Top at the Amelia Island Plantation in sunny Florida is right around the corner.
It's been a long, cold, and snowy winter for much of the U.S. And while the weather may have gone to the dogs (or fish, or birds, or snakes), the...
”We are so pleased to see such strong growth in the Top2Top Conference attendance,” states Mike Canning, President and CEO of PIJAC. “Last year’s conference was a huge success and saw an increase of 20% over the previous year. We are excited that so many industry leaders are coming together to network and forge the future of the industry together,” he added.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) enthusiastically supports the actions of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman who, on Friday, December 13, 2013, permanently barred two pet ‘flippers’ from selling animals or becoming licensed pet dealers.
“We are honored to have such distinguished speakers at the Top2Top Conference, states Mike Canning, President & CEO of PIJAC. “Their experience and knowledge is invaluable to the future of the pet industry,” added Canning.
USARK and PIJAC have been in constant communication about these issues for quite some time, and worked very hard to submit pertinent information during the rule making process. We...
POLITICO--a leading political journalism organization--recently visited the PIJAC offices here in our nation's capital. PJIAC staff was eager to share our members' stories and promote responsible pet ownership during...
The serious issue of pet flipping is gaining national attention. PIJAC, the Better Business Bureau, and major news outlets such as NBC's Today Show, Time, and radio's Jim Bohannon Show are alerting consumers to the issue. Read this post to learn what pet flipping is and how you can prevent you and your family from becoming a victim.
Washington, D.C. – The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) is pleased to announce Mike Bober as the new Vice President of Government Affairs.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Pet Effect acknowledges that there are hundreds of lost or displaced pets in the Moore, Oklahoma area. With a reported 17-mile path of destruction, we know that dogs, cats, birds and other pets that may have survived the tornado, may still be alive, but no where near their former home.
Washington, DC – The first annual PIJAC (Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council) Awards Ceremony was held at the Top2Top Conference in Napa, California. The PIJAC Awards honor leaders nationwide for their contributions to foster the pet industry. “We are pleased to honor the work of these committed, talented individuals whose groundbreaking efforts have a direct impact on the entire pet industry,” stated Mike Canning, PIJAC’s President and CEO.
Washington, D.C. – With more than $183 million donated in the form of food and general supplies, as well as direct monetary aid, the pet industry has helped more than 7.5 million homeless and shelter pets in the last two decades. The remarkable stories of community outreach and support are captured in the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council’s (PIJAC) newest program, The Pet Effect.
We want to share some very kind words that were included in Pet Business' review of this year's Top2Top. Please visit their site--petbusiness.com--to read the entire article.
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PIJAC Launches New Advocacy Website
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) is pleased to announce the launch of their new, advocacy-based website. The interactive website...
Washington, DC – PIJAC (The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council) is pleased to announce Ken Oh , Vice President of Sales for Petmate, as its new Board Chairman. Mr. Oh...
March 5 , 2013 – From feral swine to Asian carp, a broad coalition of animal and environmental experts descend on Washington, D.C. for National Invasive Species Week. Events and...
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) released the Topic Roundtable Survey today. The survey suggests topics to be discussed between industry leaders...
Napa and the surrounding areas are more than just a destination for wine aficionados. The location for the 2013 Pet Industry’s Top2Top Conference...
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The first annual Pet Industry ’s Top2Top Conference received rave reviews from attendees. Of note were the outstanding speakers, the networking functions, and the overall benefits...
Future in Focus
By Cathy Calliotte
The second-annual Pet Industry’s Top2Top Conference will offer a variety of sessions that focus on ensuring the continued success of the pet care...
Top2Top Registration Open
Registration is now open for the second annual Top2Top Conference, sponsored by the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (Washington). The conference will be held April 23-25, 2013,...
Let’s face it. We spend way too much time working and not enough time with our loved ones. Why not mix a little business with pleasure and bring your significant...
Infographics are amazing. What’s an infographic? They are pictures that turn lots of numbers (data) into something easy to understand (information). Infographics are particularly valuable in social media because they...
No other conference will help you improve and protect your bottom-line like the 2013 Top2Top Conference in Napa, California. You can’t afford to miss it. Why, you might ask? Let’s...
Are you a pet industry professional and not sure if you will attend the 2013 Top2Top Conference in Napa? Judging on the feedback from last year’s attendees, you can’t afford...
WASHINGTON, D.C.– The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC ) is pleased to announce that registration opens today for the Pet Industr y’s Top2Top Conference. The second annual conference will...
With the 2013 Pet Industry’s Top2Top conference less than 6-months away, registration for the event is now live!
What better way to kick-off registration–and the industry’s newest blog–than to look...
Welcome to the pet industry’s newest blog!
This blog exists to increase awareness about important issues facing the industry and extend the conversation on those issues beyond the Pet Industry’s...
Washington, D.C.–On Tuesday, August 21, 2012 the Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee of the City of Los Angeles met to discuss Council File 11 - 0754, a city ordinance to...
WASHINGTON–A voluntary pet groomer certification program has been proposed by California lawmakers in an attempt to regulate an industry with existing expert-developed training and certification programs. Senate Bill 969 (SB969)...
When was the last time you requested that a business owner keep his certifications and credentials to himself? It isn’t every day that Californians entrust their cars, homes or medical...
Dear Mr. Dahl,
The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) shares your interest in consumer awareness for companion animals as expressed in the recent article “10 Things Pet Stores Won’t...
WASHINGTON -- Animal lovers may need to add pets to the growing list of what can’t be purchased in the city of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Council will...
Washington, D.C. – The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) is pleased to announce that distinguished scientist Scott Hardin will be joining PIJAC as a consultant effective July 1, 2012....