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PIJAC to Host Industry Events at Global Pet Expo


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The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) will host three events at next week’s Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Fla., that are open to attendees and the press. 

PIJAC will kick off Global Pet Expo with its Annual Meeting on March 21 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in room W208B. The PIJAC Annual Meeting takes place at Global every year. It is the meeting at which PIJCA reveals the results of its annual board elections and is the first of the organizations quarterly meetings. The board will elect the officer team for the coming year, hear from PIJAC staff on a wide range of activities that have been carried out over the past year, and discuss plans for the coming year. PIJAC staff will also discuss the results of the pet industry’s economic impact study, a new opinion survey of industry leaders, an expanded communications strategy, and more.

On March 22, PIJAC will lead its Small Animals Care Standard Discussion from 2 to 3 p.m. in room W203A. The Small Animal Care Standards Discussion will present the standards that have been drafted by PIJAC's working group since SuperZoo. The broader industry is encouraged to attend to provide feedback and ask questions as part of the responsible pet trade’s effort to continue holding the industry to the highest criteria of ethical care for animals and consumers.  

Finally, on March 23, PIJAC will host a conversation with APHIS Deputy Administrator of Animal Care Bernadette Juarez from 10 to 11 a.m. in room W203A. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) oversees many of the breeders and distributors who provide responsibly raised pets nationwide. To facilitate greater understanding between the USDA and the responsible pet industry, PIJAC will moderate a wide-ranging discussion with Deputy Administrator Juarez. The discussion will include a question-and-answer period and include the USDA’s recent decision to remove inspection reports and other documents from their website. 

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