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Ann Chynoweth

Senior Director, End Animal Fighting & Cruelty Campaign

The Humane Society of the United States

Ann Chynoweth is senior director of the End Animal Cruelty and Fighting campaign at The HSUS

Laurie Maxwell/The HSUS

Ann Chynoweth has worked for The HSUS for almost two decades, focusing particularly on animal cruelty and fighting issues.

As Senior Director of the End Animal Cruelty and Fighting campaign, Chynoweth's work has helped propel the passage of dozens of federal and state laws to increase the penalties for dogfighting, cockfighting, and animal cruelty.

Under Chynoweth's leadership, The HSUS's Animal Rescue Team rescued and re-homed thousands of animals from animal fighting operations as well as animal cruelty situations. She also helped develop model programs for the placement of animals rescued from these abusive situations.

Chynoweth's comprehensive approach to tackling animal abuse has created the country's most effective program at passing animal protection laws and ensuring their enforcement. Working alongside law enforcement agencies, her team has obtained criminal convictions against some of the country's most notorious animal fighters, shutting down their operations and saving countless thousands of animals from death in the fighting ring.  

Chynoweth received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and earned her J.D. from Vermont Law School. She lives in the District of Columbia with her husband and their rescued dog, Birdie.

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