Monday, April 28, 2008

UPDATE: Keynote Speaker Drops Out of Hunte Corp Conference!

I dropped an email to Mark Gorman, the "American Dog Whisperer", about his participation in a breeders' conference given by Hunte Corporation. Here is part of the response:

Mark and I would never condone or tolerate mistreatment of any animal for any reason and we are grateful to you and others for bringing this to our attention. We are very thankful to you and others like you and appreciate your informing us of this potential issue, as we were previously unaware of the connection between the Breeders' Conference and "puppy mill" puppies. We had received a similar letter a few days ago, and after researching this situation myself, decided NOT to be involved in this conference at this time.

Thanks again for informing us about the conference and its sponsors. We informed one of our sponsors, a pet food company, of the issues involved as well. They too have decided to forego this event, and have pulled their company's sponsorship from the event.
It is because of people like you, who offer constructive comments, and not vulgar threats, that changes are made and progress is allowed. I thank you for your concern and kindness in helping us to learn about this situation.

Sometimes, the good guys win!

I have also confirmed that Nutri Source dog food has dropped their sponsorship, leaving Royal Canin dog food as the sole known sponsor.

UPDATE 5/8/08: Royal Canin has also withdrawn their sponsorship.

UPDATE 6/6/08: One sponsor remains. Click the link for details.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

One Surprising Sponsor Holds On:
Pfizer, though not listed on the Hunte breeder conference website, has confirmed that they have, and will continue to sponsor the conference. Click here to see their statement.

Pfizer manufactures Revolution, an extremely popular flea and tick preventative. Their website states:

“Dog owners will tell you their dogs aren’t just pets, they’re members of the family. At Pfizer, we understand the important place canine companions hold in hearts and homes.” **
This appears to be a conflict of interest. Millions of people buy Revolution for their pets, who are members of the family. Those dollars support Pfizer, who spends that money to sponsor a conference aimed at commercial dog breeders, (a.k.a. puppy mills), where dogs are anything but members of the family.

2:13 PM  
Blogger -J. said...

Absoutely right! For more on the connection between Pfizer and Hunte see:

2:43 PM  
Blogger -J. said...

This shorter version might be easier:

2:43 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

A good keynote speaker must provide the best platform for further proceedings, and his words must imitate the audience with their thought.

keynote speaker

2:59 AM  

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