Workgroup

The Dangerous Animals Initiative is pleased to present the final recommendations of the Workgroup, which can be found on this website.  The combined report is available in its entirety (which has a large file size) or can be downloaded  as two smaller file sizes, separating the body of the report from its appendices.
The publication of this report concludes this effort.  We wish to thank everyone for their interest and their input.  If there are further comments or concerns, please contact Ed Steinkoenig of VDGIF at Ed.Steinkoenig@dgif.virginia.gov.
Upcoming Meetings:

The last meeting for the Workgroup has taken place and the summary of that meeting as well a final report will be forthcoming soon.


Questions may be sent to: animals@virginia.edu.
Previous Meeting Summaries:
Please click here for a copy of the Sept. 19. Workgroup meeting summary, which was the first meeting of the Workgroup.
Please click here for a copy of the Oct. 3rd Workgroup meeting summary, which was the second meeting of the Workgroup.
Please click here  for a copy of the Oct. 24th Workgroup meeting summary, which was the third meeting of the Workgroup.
Please click here  for a copy of the Oct. 24th Public  meeting summary, which was following the third meeting of the Workgroup.
Please click here  for a copy of the Nov. 13th Workgroup meeting summary, which was the forth meeting of the Workgroup.
Workgroup Participants:
Below please find a list of the participants in the volunteer Dangerous Animal Initiative Workgroup. This group will meet between September and November 2012 to develop consensus-based recommendations around public safety and potentially dangerous animals. The recommendations of the Workgroup will be compiled in a report, noting areas of agreement as well as non-agreement, at the end of the Workgroup process.  We will post additional details regarding the Workgroup in the near future.

Dangerous Animal Initiative Workgroup members

Andrew Wyatt, US Association of Reptile Keepers (US ARK)

Barbara Heffernan, Busch Gardens

Chris Blalock, Sheriff, Virginia Sheriffs’ Association (VSA)

Dan Kovich, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) (ex officio)

David Whitehurst, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) (ex officio)

Deborah Broughton, Animal Control Officer, Dinwiddie County

Doris Hackworth, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) (ex officio)

Doris Pruett, Animal Kingdom of Virginia

Earit Powell, Fairfax County – Animal Services Division

James Lavender, Dr. Lavender’s Animals

Jared Watts, Saving All Virginia’s Exotic Species (SAVES)

Jim Andelin, Metro Richmond Zoo

Joseph Lerch, Virginia Municipal League (VML)

Julie Murphy, Virginia Department of Health (VDH) (ex officio)

Julie Strauss, Feld Entertainment / Ringling Brothers

Kathy Strouse, Virginia Animal Control Association (VACA)

Kelly Gottschalk, Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA)

Larry Land, Virginia Association of Counties (VACo)

Larry Mendoza, Virginia Herpetological Society (VHS)

Lindsay Reames, Virginia Farm Bureau (VFB)

Michael Maddox, Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC)

Nicole Paquette, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

Peggy Rice, American Primate Haven

Peter Brewer, Zoological Association of America (ZAA)

Roger Sweeney, Virginia Zoo

Robin Lentz, Mill Mountain Zoo

Robin Starr, Richmond SPCA

Sharon Adams, Virginia Alliance For Animal Shelters (VAAS)

Steve Olson, Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)

Virginia Kilmer, Virginia Federation of Humane Societies (VFHS)

for a copy of the Oct. 3rd Workgroup meeting summary, which was the second meeting of the Workgroup.

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