Kitty Block, President & CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and President of Humane Society International, speaks on current reform efforts in animal protection.
Kitty Block is the President & CEO of The Humane Society of the United States–the world’s largest animal protection organization. Kitty is an attorney who joined HSUS in 1992 as a legal investigator and was instrumental in bringing cruelties such as horse slaughter and the killing of dogs and cats for their fur in China into light. Her efforts led to major policy reforms in those realms, including European Union and U.S. bans on imports of dog and cat fur and bans on slaughtering horses for human consumption. The protection of whales, dolphins and other wildlife have also been major areas of focus for Block. Block led HSUS’s efforts to secure protections for dolphins with successful litigation and landmark dolphin-safe tuna legislation.
Block has testified before the U.S. Congress, worked with international governments and agencies to draft and enforce conservation and animal protection laws and built coalitions with nongovernmental organizations and industry. She has served as an adviser to the White House on Trade and the Environment.
This event was part of Harvard Law School’s 5th Annual Animal Law Week, sponsored by the HLS Animal Law Society and the Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program.