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January 30, 2013

Toledo Animal Welfare Expert John Dinon Joins Ohio Staff of The HSUS and Ohioans for Humane Farms

The Humane Society of the United States and Ohioans for Humane Farms are pleased to announce that John Dinon, formerly the executive director of the Toledo Area Humane Society, has joined the organizations  as Ohio director of outreach and engagement.

Dinon will focus on a variety of animal protection issues with an emphasis on supporting humane and sustainable animal agriculture in the state, helping such farmers build markets for goods that answer to higher animal welfare standards. Dinon will also provide support for animal protection legislation and work with Ohio’s county humane societies, shelters and animal welfare agencies.

“I am excited about joining the largest and most effective animal welfare organization in the country, and especially excited to be working with Ohio’s family farmers,” said Dinon. “Ohioans like myself want to know that the animals used to produce the food we eat are treated well and managed in an environmentally sustainable way.”

“John is a great addition to The HSUS and Ohioans for Humane Farms,” said Karen Minton, The HSUS’ state director for Ohio. “We have worked together on farm animal issues, regulation of exotic animal ownership and puppy mills and other animal protection initiatives and look forward to continuing to work together.”

In addition to serving for four years as executive director of the Toledo Area Humane Society, Dinon previously worked at the Cincinnati Zoo, the Detroit Zoo, and the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, Mich. Dinon received a BS degree in Animal Science from Michigan State University, specializing in dairy production. He worked on dairy farms in Michigan including a research farm at MSU. John also served two years in the U.S. Peace Corps in Costa Rica providing technical assistance to dairy farmers.   

Recent animal protection advances in Ohio include the Livestock Care Standards Board’s adoption of more humane standards for farm animals and the passage of laws restricting private ownership of dangerous wild animals and regulating high-volume commercial dog breeders. A number of other critical animal welfare issues in the state still need to be addressed, such as establishing felony penalties for cockfighting and extreme cases of animal cruelty.

Thanks to the new policies adopted in 2012, Ohio moved ahead from #36 to #27 in The HSUS’ annual Humane State Ranking, a comprehensive report rating all 50 states on a wide range of animal protection laws. 

Media Contact: Anna West: 301-258-1518; awest@humanesociety.org

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