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Kelly Peterson

Senior Vice President, State Affairs

The Humane Society of the United States

  • Kelly Peterson is the The HSUS's Senior Vice President of State Affairs. Nick Esposti

Kelly Peterson is the Senior Vice President of State Affairs for The Humane Society of the United States.

She works with HSUS state directors throughout the country to support animal welfare legislation, fight animal cruelty, and engage like-minded citizens to promote the protection of animals.

Peterson set the bar as The HSUS's former state director of Oregon and understands the diverse duties and skills necessary in representing a state.

She is an accomplished advocate for animal protection issues, and she recently tied for second place as "best lobbyist in the Oregon legislature" by the Portland Mercury newspaper. 

Peterson has been extremely successful in recent years, helping pass a raft of state bills for animal protection. Thanks to her efforts, animals are now included in disaster planning, Internet hunting and acquiring exotic animals as pets are banned, cross-reporting of animal cruelty is required, and stronger penalties for attending and participating in staged animal fighting are in place.

She also helped lead the fight on cracking down on puppy mills by capping the number of breeding dogs that breeders can possess, while establishing significant humane standards for breeders. Her efforts also helped pass legislation to make Oregon the first state to ban the confinement of breeding pigs in gestation crates.

As The HSUS's director of ballot issues, Peterson worked on winning campaigns such as the 2006 ballot initiatives to ban mourning dove shooting in Michigan and to ban breeding-pig gestation and veal crates in Arizona.

Peterson co-founded Fences for Fido, an all-volunteer non-profit that reaches out to families with dogs living outdoors on chains. The group provides a free fence, spay/neuter, and a new dog house for each dog.

Peterson lives in Portland with her two canine best friends, Keely and Rollie. 

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