Monday March 10, 2014
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The 2014 Global Pet Expo will run from March 12-14 in Orlando, Florida. The event is the largest of its kind and draws more than 5,300 pet product sales representatives, sales managers, buyers, and manufacturers each year. The 2013 edition featured more than 2,600 booths exhibiting thousands of new and innovative products. Special product sections for 2014 include Natural Pet, The Boutique, Everything Aquatic, and What's New.
While the show is not open to the general public, it is a great opportunity for pet industry professionals to network and view the most current product offerings.
Thursday March 6, 2014
The city of Chicago has passed an anti-puppy mill ordinance that bans pet stores from selling dogs, cats, or rabbits that were obtained from large scale commercial breeders. Stores will be required to offer animals sourced from humane societies, animal shelters, city pounds, or rescue groups.
More than 40 other major cities in North America have enacted similar bans including San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Phoenix. Chicago pet stores have until March of 2015 to comply with the new ordinance.
Sunday March 2, 2014
The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) is currently accepting nominations for the 2014 DCRC Reproduction Awards. The awards honor dairy farmers that have demonstrated superior reproductive management in their herds through successful management practices, attention to reproductive biology, and targeted culling.
Program winners are divided into four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Honorable Mention. Last year's award program had 47 nominees and 16 winners, with five of those winners achieving the coveted Platinum designation.
Nominations must be submitted by an industry professional (such as a veterinarian, veterinary pharmaceutical sales representative, or extension agent). The deadline to submit a nomination is April 15.
Tuesday February 25, 2014
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The 2014 Association of Professional Humane Educators Conference will be held from February 27-28 in Dallas, Texas. The event includes lectures, meetings, vendors, charity auctions, and dinners. This is an excellent networking opportunity for humane educators and those who have an interest in the field.