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National Aquaculture Association receives the Pet Care Community Leaders of the Year Award

National Aquaculture Association receives the Pet Care Community Leaders of the Year Award

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The Pet Advocacy Network (PAN) recognized six individuals and organizations for their extraordinary commitment to responsible pet care, animal health and wellbeing, and advocacy on behalf of pets. The National Aquaculture Association was an honored recipient.

The awards were presented during the organization’s annual meeting on March 19 in Orlando, Fla.

“The Pet Advocacy Network is proud to celebrate these inspiring leaders and their remarkable efforts to promote responsible pet care and animal health and wellbeing,” said Mike Bober, president and CEO of PAN. “Their dedication and tireless work have helped improve the lives of pets and their owners in meaningful ways. From shaping positive legislation to encouraging collaboration across industry partners, we are grateful for the contributions of this year’s class of award recipients.”

From Left to Right: PAN CEO Mike Bober, Geno Evans with the National Aquaculture Association, and PAN Chairman John Mack

The National Aquaculture Association received the Pet Care Community Leaders of the Year Award for its leadership in federal and state advocacy on issues that have a profound effect on people’s access to companion animals. The organization’s tireless work educating lawmakers and committee staff members helped successfully block several harmful bills threatening U.S. pet care.

Geno Evans, NAA Board Member and President of the Florida Aquaculture Association, accepted the award.  Mr. Evans noted, “It is an honor to represent the NAA in receiving this award.  Having met with the House Natural Resources Committee with Pet Advocacy Network representatives to present solutions to Endangered Species Act conflicts, it is with great pleasure I can attest to the value and impact of working together on complex issues of common interest.”

He added, “We value the several coalitions that work with the NAA to move the needle for US aquaculture.  The Pet Advocacy Network is a tireless advocate for companion pets including ornamental fish farmed across the country, and especially in Florida, for aquariums and water garden hobbyists.”

The Pet Advocacy Network connects the experience and expertise of the responsible pet care community to lawmakers and governing bodies, advocating for legislative and regulatory priorities at the local, state, federal and international levels. Since 1971, the organization has worked to promote animal well-being and responsible pet ownership, foster environmental stewardship, and ensure access to healthy pets, including small animals, cats, dogs, fish, reptiles, and birds. Pet Advocacy Network members include retailers, companion animal suppliers, manufacturers, wholesale distributors, manufacturers’ representatives, pet hobbyists, and other trade organizations. 

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