Enter the American Humane Association and ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?’ Pet Trivia Contest
DENVER, Oct. 25, 2010 – Think you know a lot of pet trivia? Try these:
· Frasier’s Eddie, PBS’ Wishbone, and Nipper the famous RCA icon were all Jack Russell terriers.
· Teddy Roosevelt’s dog, Pete, was known for having ripped off a French ambassador’s pants at the White House.
· A high-pitched dog whistle at the end of the Beatles’ song A Day in the Life is said to have been recorded by Paul McCartney for his sheepdog.
· The Wizard of Oz’s Toto was played by a female cairn terrier named Terry.
· “No Animals Were Harmed”® isn’t just a saying — it’s a trademark of American Humane Association, which monitors animal safety on the sets of movies, TV shows, commercials and music videos.
How’d you do? Now is your chance to really prove your pet trivia prowess! Enter the Pet Trivia Contest at www.americanhumane.org/smarter and you could win a prize package of fun stuff from American Humane Association and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?. American Humane Association recently monitored the use of animals on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader’s Pet Lovers Week, set to air in syndication from Oct. 25 to 29. Check your local listing for broadcast times in your area. The timing of the event coincides perfectly with October’s Adopt-A-Dog Month, a nationally recognized event by American Humane Association that encourages people to help reduce pet overpopulation by adopting their next canine companion from an animal shelter or breed-rescue group.
Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, American Humane Association’s Film & Television Unit is the leading authority on the safe use of animals in film. American Humane Association is the only animal welfare organization in the world with on-set jurisdiction from the Screen Actors Guild to supervise the use of animals. American Humane Association is also the only organization with the authority to issue the renowned “No Animals Were Harmed” end-credit disclaimer.
For more information about American Humane Association and its Film & Television Unit, please visit www.americanhumane.org/film. To browse a listing of movies awarded American Humane Association’s “No Animals Were Harmed” end-credit disclaimer, as well as films that received other ratings, and for an explanation of how the animal action was achieved, visit http://www.americanhumane.org/protecting-animals/programs/no-animals-were-harmed/recently-released-movies.html.
About American Humane Association
Since 1877, the historic American Humane Association has been at the forefront of every major advancement in protecting children, pets and farm animals from abuse and neglect. Today the organization is also leading the way in understanding human-animal interaction and its role in society. As the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.
About “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?”
From Mark Burnett, “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?” is an atypical game show that measures adults’ lack of knowledge – as revealed by how much they’ve forgotten since grammar school. Jeff Foxworthy hosts the syndicated half hour (check local listings) as grownups find themselves in a classroom setting, revisiting their youth, as they tackle subjects they were taught years ago ranging from art to geography and math to social studies.
In the classroom this season, country music superstars, Joan Rivers, Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel, Bill Engvall, Adam Corolla, the Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus performers, and the Harlem Globetrotters are among the special guests playing for charity. Plus special themed weeks including Cheer Week, College Week, We’re Smarter Than Our Boss Week, Moms-to-be Week, Lifeguard Week, and Pet Lovers Week.
Winning Illustration to Appear in the Major Motion Picture Smitty
DENVER, Oct. 4, 2010 – American Humane Association, the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals, is seeking hand-drawn illustrations that showcase the theme “adopt a shelter dog” for its Smitty Shelter Dog Art Contest. The contest is for children ages 8-12 and will be held during the organization’s Adopt-A-Dog Month® in October.
American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog Month is about the importance of adopting dogs from animal shelters, so it’s only fitting that the organization would partner with the major motion picture Smitty. Scheduled for release in 2011, Smitty is a family movie about a lovable shelter dog’s friendship with a young boy. To celebrate both, American Humane Association created Smitty’s Shelter Dog Art Contest.
A digital version of the contest winner’s illustration – along with the winner’s name, age, hometown and state – will be featured in the actual film in movie theaters across the country!
Smitty received American Humane Association’s Monitored: Outstanding rating and coveted “No Animals Were Harmed”® disclaimer. The film stars Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Peter Fonda, Oscar winners Mira Sorvino and Louis Gossett Jr., and BooBoo Stewart from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
For contest rules and information on how to enter, visit www.americanhumane.org/aadm.
About American Humane Association
Since 1877, the historic American Humane Association has been at the forefront of every major advancement in protecting children, pets and farm animals from abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding human-animal interaction and its role in society. As the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.
American Humane legislation banning shelter animal seizure passes Michigan state House
Lansing, MI (July 28, 2010)—American Humane is encouraged that the proposed state legislation it created to stop shelter dogs and cats from being seized by Class B dealers for scientific experiments has passed the Michigan House of Representatives.
“One can only imagine the horror of having your family pet wind up in a shelter and then be sold to a Class B dealer for scientific experiments before it can be picked up or find a new home,” said Allie Phillips, a former prosecutor who authored the legislation in her role as American Humane’s vice president of strategic initiatives. “This is a heartbreaking and cruel practice that must be stopped.”
By a vote of 78-20, Michigan’s House of Representatives passed House Bill 4663 (Koda’s Law), which, if approved also by the Senate, would effectively end the 30-year practice of pet dealers taking shelter dogs and cats for sale to research facilities. Under current law, Class B dealers (named after their type of U.S. Department of Agriculture license) engage in the practice of providing shelter animals around the nation to research laboratories for experimentation. There are currently nine Class B dealers that broker live animals for experimentation in the United States, with three being located in Michigan.
The landmark legislation was sponsored by State Rep.. John Espinoza (D-Croswell) and authored by American Humane, the nation’s historic voice of advocacy and awareness for the protection of children and animals. Founded in 1877, Denver-based American Humane provides public policy leadership, education and direct action incorporating a vast network of agencies, academic institutions, businesses and individual Americans to help protect children and animals from abuse and neglect.
Previous efforts in Michigan to ban Class B dealers have gone county by county, and there are currently two remaining shelters in the state that practice pound seizure.
The bill will now move to the Michigan Senate for consideration.
For more information on this and other issues relating to the protection of children and animals, please visit American Humane at www.americanhumane.org.