Director of Animal Cruelty Policy, Animal Rescue Team
John Goodwin is the director of animal cruelty policy for The HSUS' Animal Rescue Team.
He is a nationally recognized expert on animal fighting issues and has been involved in the passage of legislation at both the state and federal level to curb animal fighting.
Since 2004, when he began spearheading The HSUS’ policy work against animal fighting, Goodwin has overseen several landmark legislative victories, including the passage of a federal felony animal fighting law, the passage of felony dogfighting laws in every state, and the banning of cockfighting in every state.
Among other cases, Goodwin has assisted the FBI in a major public corruption investigation that targeted a Tennessee sheriff’s department that had been taking bribes from a large-scale cockfighting pit, and he received a commendation from the USDA’s Office of Inspector General for his role in a large dogfighting case. Goodwin regularly acts as an expert witness in criminal trials of accused animal fighters, and serves on the Animal Cruelty Advisory Council for the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.