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March 24, 2014

National Law Enforcement Council Strengthens Animal Protection

To step up its fight against all forms of illegal animal cruelty, The HSUS has formed its first National Law Enforcement Council, comprised of current and former law enforcement officers and prosecutors from across the country. The council will assist The HSUS in strengthening and better enforcing animal protection laws. 

Members of the national council were chosen for their leadership in protecting animals from neglect, violence, and other crimes. With a particular emphasis on animal cruelty, fighting, and poaching laws, the council brings together the best in the law enforcement field to help combat animal crimes nationwide. Member activities may include supporting state and federal legislation that strengthens animal protection laws, promoting animal protection training opportunities for local law enforcement, and  raising awareness of The HSUS's animal crimes rewards, tip lines, and other resources.

Ann Chynoweth, Senior Director of the Animal Cruelty and Fighting Campaign for The HSUS, said, "We are honored to join forces with our National Law Enforcement Council to combat animal cruelty, fighting, and poaching crimes. By fostering relationships across local, state, and federal levels of law enforcement and prosecution, we can make meaningful improvements to policies and actions that protect animals across the country."

Current council members

Former South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster
Former Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro
Wayne County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gary Michels (W.V.)
Kemper County Sheriff James Moore (Miss.)
District Attorney General Mike Dunavant (Tenn.)
Sgt. Joel Caldwell, Galveston Police Department (Tex.)
Harris County Assistant District Attorney Belinda Smith (Tex.)
Virginia Assistant Attorney General Michelle Welch
San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos (Calif.)
Former Pittsburgh Chief of Police and current Pennsylvania Representative Dom Costa
Former Chief Wildlife Enforcement Officer Nancy Foley (Calif.)
Clatsop County District Attorney Joshua Marquis (Ore.)
National Sheriffs' Association Deputy Executive Director John W. Thompson
Former Director of the Division of Law Enforcement, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Col. Julie Jones

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