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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

NEW CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS LAUNCHING TO MAKE A MORE HUMANE WORLD FOR PEOPLE AND ANIMALS

June 5, 2015
Press Release

NEW CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS LAUNCHING

TO MAKE A MORE HUMANE WORLD FOR PEOPLE AND ANIMALS

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Biggest Animal and Human Celebrities from Country Star Naomi Judd, Candy Spelling, and Director Jon Turteltaub to Crystal the Capuchin Monkey Convene to Promote  New Effort Dedicated to Sustaining,

Healing Bond Between People, Animals

Washington, D.C. – On June 3, a new congressional caucus will be launching to make a more humane world for both people and animals. The new Caucus for the Humane Bond is co-chaired by Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX), and was created to strengthen the humane bond between people and animals, unleashing the power of our connection to benefit both and create healthy, sustainable and humane communities.

"From children with cancer to Veteran dog handlers and their dogs, animals have played important roles in people’s lives,” said Congressman Bilirakis. “It is up to all of us to promote these roles in ways that benefit both people and animals.”

"Animals comfort, protect, entertain, and sustain us,” said Congressman Cuellar. “It is important for all of us to make sure that bond works to benefit animals and people, and create a more humane and sustainable world.”

A wide range of renowned human and animal stars will be on hand to support the effort, including American Humane Association President and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert, philanthropist, author, and Broadway producer Candy Spelling, country singer Naomi Judd, movie director Jon Turteltaub, military hero dog teams Corporal Jeff DeYoung and Military Working Dog (MWD) Cena and Specialist Brent Grommet and MWD Matty, Crystal the Capuchin monkey from the "Night at The Museum" movies, Hudson the dog from SNL and “My Idiot Brother,” and the 2014 Service Dog Team of the Year KK and JJ.

WHAT: VIP cocktail reception to celebrate the launch of the Caucus for the Humane Bond.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 from 6:00 - 8:00pm ET

WHERE: House Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing Room -- 334 Cannon House Office Building

WHO: Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX)

Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association

Philanthropist, author, and Broadway producer Candy Spelling

Country singer Naomi Judd

Director Jon Turteltaub ("National Treasure," "Cool Runnings" and other blockbusters)

Animal actor Crystal the Capuchin monkey ("Night at the Museum" and 20+ other films)

Animal actor Hudson the dog ("Saturday Night Live," "My Idiot Brother")

Military hero dog teams Cpl. Jeff DeYoung & MWD Cena AND Spc. Brent Grommet & MWD Matty

2014 Service Hero Dog team of the year KK and JJ