Kitty Block

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF HSI AND PRESIDENT, THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES

Kitty-BlockAs chief executive officer of HSI, Kitty oversees all international campaigns and programs for the organization and continues to expand it in both impact and scope. Kitty, an attorney, joined the 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 to 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 has also been a major area of focus for her. She led the HSUS’s efforts to secure protections for dolphins with successful litigation and landmark dolphin-safe tuna legislation. In addition, Kitty 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 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.