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May 6, 2010

Kitty Block

President

Humane Society International

Kitty Block is President of Humane Society International. She oversees all HSI international campaigns and programs. Kitty is also an attorney and participates in international treaties and agreements, including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora , the International Whaling Commission, and the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission.

Block has testified before the U.S. Congress and works with international governments and agencies to help draft and enforce conservation and animal protection laws, and builds coalitions with nongovernmental organizations and industry. In 1992, Block joined Humane Society of the United States as a legal investigator to the newly formed investigations department. She was centrally involved in a number of high-profile undercover investigations, such as horses slaughtered in this country for food, and dogs and cats captured and slaughtered in China for their fur. The dog and cat fur investigation led to the European Union banning the importation of all dog and cat fur, along with a U.S. policy forbidding the sale of dog and cat fur.

In 1996, Block became the director of a newly created department, UN & Treaties, to work on The HSUS’s growing international policy agenda. In this role, she led the organization’s efforts at the International Whaling Commission and HSUS’s engagement with the landmark dolphin-safe tuna legislation and successful litigation. Block was also one of the early promoters and drafters of how to sue Japan over commercial whaling in the International Court of Justice.

In 2007, Block was promoted to Vice President of Humane Society International, and later to Senior Vice President, overseeing HSI departments and country offices.

In addition to her role at HSI, Block serves as an advisor to the White House on Trade and the Environment and has been elected four consecutive terms to serve on the International Review Panel alongside governments to monitor violations of the International Dolphin Conservation Agreement.

Block received a law degree from the George Washington University in 1990 and a bachelor's degree in communications and philosophy from the University of New Hampshire in 1986.

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