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Masters Agility judges also announced
NEW YORK – The Hon. David Merriam of Bonsall, CA has been selected to judge Best In
Show at the 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show February 16-17, 2015.
Judge Merriam’s selection fits perfectly into his list of accomplishments and service in his
lifetime dedicated to the sport of dogs. He began showing dogs as a teenager, with his
primary breed the Bull Terrier. Staying active in the sport as he attended law school, he
went on to more than a half century of success in showing, breeding and judging.
He retired from the bench as a California State Trials Judge in 1993 and became active in
governance of the sport. He served for 20 years on the American Kennel Club board,
including five as chair and eight as vice chair. He has been active in a number of other
clubs, including the Bull Terrier Club of America and the Montgomery County Kennel Club.
Judge Merriam has won many honors for his accomplishments in dogs, including the
Langdon Skarda Man of the Year Award, Dogdom’s Man of the Year Award, and the Bull
Terrier Club of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
He has officiated at Westminster seven times in the past, including the Terrier Group in
1982. Although licensed to do so, Judge Merriam has never accepted an all breed Best In
Show judging assignment prior to this invitation from the Westminster Kennel Club.
Judge Merriam will head a panel of 33 judges from 14 states, Canada and Finland who will
officiate at the dog show world’s most famous and prestigious event, held at Madison
Square Garden and Piers 92/94 in New York. The panel includes four judges who have
previously judged Best In Show at Westminster, 13 who have judged Groups, and ten who
are judging for the first time at Westminster.
Group judges are Mr. Ken Murray of Island Lake, IL, Sporting; Mrs. Betty-Anne Stenmark
of Woodside, CA, Hound; Mrs. Theresa Hundt of Sandy Hook, CT, Working; Dr. John
Reeve-Newson of Toronto, Canada, Terrier; Mr. Elliott Weiss of Middletown, DE, Toy; Ms.
Shirley Limoges of Ottawa, Canada, Non-Sporting; and Dr. Klaus Anselm of Keswick, VA,
Herding. Mr. Michael Dougherty of Escondido, CA, will judge the Junior Showmanship
Two breeds will be eligible for Westminster for the first time in 2015: the Wirehaired Vizsla
in the Sporting Group and the Coton de Tulear in the Non-Sporting Group. The addition of
these breeds makes a total of 192 breeds and varieties in competition.
The club also announced the judges for its 2nd Masters Agility Championship at
Westminster to be held at Pier 94 on Feb. 14, the Saturday preceding the All Breed Show.
Those judges are Mr. Alan Arthur of Leander, TX and Mr. Graham Partridge of Austell,
Here is the entire 2015 Westminster Kennel Club judges panel and assignments
(subject to American Kennel Club approval):
SPORTING BREEDS AND VARIETIES (31):
Ms. Dyane Baldwin, Newport, PA: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Curly Coated Retrievers,
Flat Coated Retrievers, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.
Mr. Norman Kenney, Cross Roads, TX: Brittanys, Spinones Italiano, Vizslas, Wirehaired
Pointing Griffons, Wirehaired Vizslas.
Ms. Marion Lyons, Hampton, NH: Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers.
Dr. Alan Santos, New York, NY: Cocker Spaniels (all Varieties), English Cocker Spaniels.
Mr. Mark Threlfall, Merrimack, NH: American Water Spaniels, Boykin Spaniels, Clumber
Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels, Field Spaniels, Irish Water Spaniels, Sussex
Spaniels, Welsh Springer Spaniels,
Mr. Robert Vandiver, Simpsonville, SC: English Setters, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters,
Irish Red and White Setters.
Mrs. Cindy Vogels, Greenwood Village, CO: Pointers, German Shorthaired Pointers,
German Wirehaired Pointers, Weimaraners.
HOUND BREEDS AND VARIETIES (31):
Ms. Gayle Bontecou, Clinton Corners, NY: Bloodhounds, Greyhounds, Harriers,
Norwegian Elkhounds, Otterhounds, Petit Bassets Griffons Vendeen, Pharaoh Hounds,
Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds.
Mr. Michael Dougherty, Escondido, CA: Portuguese Podengos Pequeno, Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
Ms. Sandra Frei, Woodinville, WA: Afghan Hounds, Whippets.
Ms. Jocelyne Gagne, Welland, Ontario, Canada: Borzoi, Ibizan Hounds, Irish Wolfhounds.
Mr. Guy Jeavons, Moffat, Ontario, Canada: Dachshunds (all varieties).
Mr. Allen Odom, Denver, CO: American English Foxhounds, American Foxhounds, Basenji, Basset Hounds, Beagles (both Varieties), Black & Tan Coonhounds, Bluetick Coonhound, English Foxhound, Plotts, Redbone Coonhounds, Treeing Walker Coonhounds.
WORKING BREEDS (29):
Mr. Norman Kenney, Cross Roads, TX: Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, German Pinschers, Neapolitan Mastiffs.
Mr. John Ramirez, Downey, CA: Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Black Russian Terriers, Chinooks, Doberman Pinschers, Komondorok, Kuvaszok.
Ms. Linda Robey, High Ridge, MO: Cane Corsos, Dogues de Bordeaux.
Mr. Robert Shreve, Greeley, CO: Bullmastiffs, Giant Schnauzers, Great Pyrenees, Mastiffs, Siberian Huskies, Tibetan Mastiffs.
Mr. Robert Slay, Cary, NC: Boxers, Portuguese Water Dogs, Samoyeds, St. Bernards, Standard Schnauzers.
Ms. Satu Yla-Mononen, Kangasala, Finland: Bernese Mountain Dogs, Great Danes, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Leonbergers, Newfoundlands, Rottweilers.
TERRIER BREEDS AND VARIETIES (31):
Mr. David Kirkland, Sanford, NC: Bull Terriers (both Varieties), Smooth Fox Terriers, Wire Fox Terriers, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Miniature Bull Terriers, Rat Terriers.
Dr. Jerry Klein, Chicago, IL: Airedale Terriers, Australian Terriers, Cesky Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Irish Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Scottish Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, Skye Terriers, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers, Welsh Terriers, West Highland White Terriers.
Dr. Andrew Kramer, Leesburg, VA: Bedlington Terriers, Border Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Norfolk Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers.
Mrs. Rosalind Kramer, Leesburg, VA: Russell Terriers.
Mr. John Ramirez, Downey, CA: American Staffordshire Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Standard Manchester Terriers.
TOY BREEDS AND VARIETIES (23):
Ms. Joy Brewster, Newtown, CT: Italian Greyhounds, Toy Poodles.
Mr. Norman Kenney, Cross Roads, TX: Miniature Pinschers, Shih Tzu, Silky Terriers, Toy Fox Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers.
Mr. David Kirkland, Sanford, NC: Affenpinschers, Chihuahuas (both Varieties).
Mrs. Rosalind Kramer, Leesburg, VA: Brussels Griffons, Papillons, Pekingese, Pomeranians, Pugs.
Mrs. Cindy Vogels, Greenwood Village, CO: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels,
Chinese Cresteds, English Toy Spaniels (both Varieties), Havanese,
Japanese Chins, Maltese, Toy Manchester Terriers.
NON-SPORTING BREEDS AND VARIETIES (21):
Ms. Joy Brewster, Newtown, CT: Miniature Poodles, Standard Poodles.
Mr. Norman Kenney, Cross Roads, TX: American Eskimo Dogs, Tibetan Terriers, Xoloitzcuintli.
Mr. David Kirkland, Sanford, NC: Schipperkes. Shiba Inu, Tibetan Spaniels.
Mr. James Reynolds, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Bichons Frise, Chinese Shar-Pei, Chow Chows, Cotons de Tulear, Dalmatians, Keeshonden, Lhasa Apsos, Lowchen, Norwegian Lundehund.
Mr. Robin Stansell, Clayton, NC: Boston Terriers, Bulldogs, Finnish Spitz, French Bulldogs.
HERDING BREEDS AND VARIETIES (26):
Mr. Guy Jeavons, Moffatt, Ontario, Canada: Shetland Sheepdogs.
Ms. Linda Robey, High Ridge, MO: Briards, Canaan Dogs, Finnish Lapphunds, German Shepherd Dogs, Icelandic Sheepdogs, Norwegian Buhunds.
Mr. Robert Slay, Cary, NC: Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Old English Sheepdogs,
Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs, Pulik, Pyrenean Shepherds, Swedish Vallhunds.
Mr. Robert Vandiver, Simpsonville, SC: Australian Cattle Dogs, Australian Shepherds, Bearded Collies, Beauceron, Border Collies, Collies (both Varieties).
Ms. Satu Yla-Mononen, Kangasala, Finland: Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, Bouviers des Flandres, Entlebucher Mountain Dogs.
JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP PRELIMINARIES: Ms. Joy Brewster, Newtown, CT and Mr. Robert Slay, Cary, NC.
The Westminster Kennel Club is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs. Established in 1877, Westminster's influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all breed, benched dog show held every year at New York's Madison Square Garden. The show is America’s second longest continuously held sporting event, behind only the Kentucky Derby. For additional information, log on to www.westminsterkennelclub.org.
Oakland, CA – On Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 11:00am, Dr. Joel Parrott, President & CEO of Oakland Zoo, will accept the dedication of a bronze elephant statue from the Snow family, in memory of Sidney A. Snow. The special ceremony will take place inside Oakland Zoo along the pathway leading to the elephant exhibit. During the commemoration, Barbara Snow Clark, daughter of Sidney Snow, will speak on behalf of the Snow Family. “I am thrilled to present to the Oakland Zoo, this memorial to my father Sidney Snow, the founder of the Oakland Zoo,” said Barbara Snow Clark. “Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Parrott and his wonderful staff, my dream of a permanent memorial has been realized.”
During the event, Mrs. Clark will also share stories about her father’s devotion to the zoo, his love of animals, and the fondness he had for an elephant named “Effie,” who was considered part of the family in the 1950’s. Following the dedication, a private reception will be held in honor of the Snow Family.
Sidney Snow was a vital part of Oakland Zoo’s history. He personally procured the land for Oakland Zoo and founded the Alameda County Zoological Society, now the East Bay Zoological Society. Snow served as Director of Oakland Zoo from 1936 until his death in 1959.
ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO:
The Bay Area’s award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid’s activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks. For more information please visit our website at www.oaklandzoo.org.
Columbia Pictures, Avi Arad Productions, Sony and Marvel Enterprises present a PG-13, 142 minute, action, adventure, fantasy, romance, directed by Marc Webb, written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci with a theater release date of May 2, 2014.
(Washington, D.C., April 30, 2014) A leading bird conservation organization—American Bird Conservancy (ABC)—has announced its intention to sue the Department of the Interior (DOI), charging DOI with multiple violations of federal law in connection with its December 9, 2013, final regulation that allows wind energy companies and others to obtain 30-year permits to kill eagles without prosecution by the federal government. The previous rule provided for a maximum duration of five years for each permit.
ABC sent DOI and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) an April 30, 2014, Notice of Intent to Sue that cited DOI violations of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA) in connection with the new eagle kill rule. ABC is being represented by the Washington, D.C. public interest law firm of Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal.
“ABC has heard from thousands of citizens from across the country who are outraged that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to let the wind industry legally kill our country’s iconic Bald and Golden eagles. The rule lacks a firm foundation in scientific justification and was generated without the benefit of a full assessment of its impacts on eagle populations,” said Michael Hutchins, National Coordinator of ABC's Bird Smart Wind Energy Campaign.
As the notice to DOI states, “ABC strongly supports wind power and other renewable energy projects when those projects are located in an appropriate, wildlife-friendly manner and when the impacts on birds and other wildlife have been conscientiously considered and addressed before irreversible actions are undertaken. On the other hand, when decisions regarding … projects are made precipitously and without compliance with elementary legal safeguards designed to ensure that our nation’s invaluable trust resources are not placed at risk, ABC will take appropriate action to safeguard eagles and other migratory birds."
ABC is initiating legal action in order to have the rule invalidated pending full compliance with federal environmental statutes. For example, the 30-year eagle permit rule was adopted in the absence of any NEPA document or any ESA consultation regarding impacts. It is therefore a “… glaring example of an agency action that gambles recklessly with the fate of the nation’s Bald and Golden eagle populations,” the letter says.
"Bald Eagle populations may be technically recovered, but their popularity and symbolic importance to our nation suggests that the American people are not going to tolerate the deaths of many," said Hutchins. "Golden Eagles are another matter. Much more needs to be known about their status before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can safely decide how many wind energy companies can kill with no net loss to the population."
The ABC Notice of Intent to Sue letter closes by saying:“The 30-year rule … undermines the nation’s longstanding commitment to conservation of eagles—unique animals that are ‘ubiquitous in U.S. culture, attesting to the widespread symbolic importance the eagle holds in U.S. society.’ ABC will pursue legal action to address these violations and ensure that eagles, and the millions of Americans who enjoy them, obtain the legal protections to which they are entitled under U.S. law.”
In 2009, 22,000 wind turbines were in operation, representing 25 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity, a fraction of the 300GW of production capacity needed to meet the 2030 federal goal of 20 percent of U.S. electrical generation coming from renewable energy. Wind energy project growth is expected to impact almost 20,000 square miles of terrestrial habitat (larger than the combined areas of New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, and Rhode Island) and over 4,000 square miles of marine habitat by 2030, some of this critical to threatened species.
ABC's efforts to establish Bird Smart wind energy in the U.S. are made possible in part by the generous support of the Leon Levy Foundation.
American Bird Conservancy is the Western Hemisphere’s bird conservation specialist—the only organization with a singular and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With a focus on efficiency and working in partnership, we take on the toughest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on sound science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.
Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal is a Washington, D.C. - based public interest law firm providing high quality legal services and advocacy for non-profit organizations on environmental, wildlife, and related matters.
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(Washington, D.C. – April 29, 2014) – An open letter to President Obama published today in the Washington Post expresses support for the Administration’s proposed new rules to halt domestic ivory sales. Signatories on the letter include high-profile individuals, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jane Goodall and Dave Matthews, alongside a coalition of businesses and conservation organizations representing millions of Americans.
Representatives of the coalition issued the following statements:
Jane Goodall PhD, DBE, Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger Peace, said: “The mass poaching of elephants in Africa should be of great global concern. I applaud the US ban on ivory in its intent to counter the devastating toll on dwindling elephant populations in the wildand address the physical and emotional suffering of these intelligent and highly social animals. It is my hope that this strong move by President Obama will encourage other countries to do whatever it takes to endthe demand for ivory products – from wild elephants – within their own borders.”
Iain Douglas-Hamilton, DPhil, OBE, and Founder of Save the Elephants, said: “At the heart of the elephant poaching crisis is the seemingly insatiable demand for their tusks. Closing the door to the illegal ivory trade in the U.S. is an important step towards saving elephants, and signals to the world that the continued existence of elephants must be valued above mere ivory trinkets."
Dr. Patrick Bergin, CEO – African Wildlife Foundation said: “If we want all countries to make a commitment to living elephants by getting tough on the ivory trade, then the United States, as one of the largest ivory markets in the world, must lead by example. We commend the Administration for setting the tone on this issue—that the U.S. values living elephants above the profit from dead ones. We can live without ivory; elephants can’t.”
Azzedine Downes, President and CEO, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) said: “The Administration appreciates the difference between a carved statue and a living, breathing elephant, and the proposed US ivory rules would help ensure that this planet doesn’t lose its most iconic animal for the sake of souvenirs. If implemented, these new rules would significantly reduce the amount of illegal ivory smuggled into and sold in this country, and would set an example for the rest of the world.
“Americans across the political spectrum agree with this effort, and now is the time to implement the strongest possible protections for elephants and other endangered wildlife.”
Charles Knowles, Executive Director, Wildlife Conservation Network said: “With over 30,000 elephants killed last year for their ivory, it is time for the world to do something to stop the slaughter of one of the world’s most intelligent, sensitive and self aware animals. Their future depends on a global coalition to develop and deploy well-funded, strategic and efficient actions to address the growing demand for ivory, its trafficking and ultimately poaching of elephants. We support the US government’s leadership in these efforts.”
Jim Maddy, President and CEO of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums
“AZA-accredited zoos connect people with elephants and help raise awareness about the conservation issues these incredible creatures face in their natural ranges,” said Jim Maddy, President and CEO of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. “The ivory rules proposed by the Obama Administration are an important step. Now we need to do what we can to educate people on what they can do to help end the illegal ivory trade.”
Carter Roberts, President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund said: “There are just too many loopholes in the current system for Americans to feel secure that the ivory they buy or sell is not connected to the ongoing slaughter of elephants in Africa.
“If we hope to influence this issue globally, we have to get it right here in the United States. The illegal ivory trade is fueled by organized crime. By placing restrictions on ivory sales, the Administration is making a commitment to not tolerate the senseless slaughter of wildlife and the global criminal syndicates profiting from it.”
Cristián Samper, President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society and a member of the U.S. Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking, said: “WCS thanks the Obama Administration for its strong action to eliminate ivory sales and to save elephants. We thank the thousands of U.S. citizens who are making a difference by backing an ivory ban and joining the 96 Elephants.org Campaign, and we encourage all to make their voices heard. Just in New York State, we know that more than 80 percent want an ivory ban based on a recent poll. This ban is important in the United States and we need clear, decisive action to save these magnificent animals. Along with our partners, we are committed to stopping the killing, stopping the trafficking, and stopping the demand.”
It is estimated that between 25,000 and 50,000 elephants are killed for their ivory each year, resulting in fewer than half a million elephants remaining in Africa’s savannas and
jungles — a drastic plunge over the last 50 years.
About African Wildlife Foundation
Founded in 1961, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is a leading conservation organization focused solely on the African continent. AWF’s programs and conservation strategies are based on sound science and designed to protect both the wild lands and wildlife of Africa and ensure a more sustainable future for Africa’s people. Since its inception, AWF has protected endangered species and land, promoted conservation enterprises that benefit local African communities, and trained hundreds of African nationals in conservation—all to ensure the survival of Africa’s unparalleled wildlife heritage. AWF is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Kenya and registered as a 501(c)(3) in the United States. For more information, visit www.awf.organd follow us on Twitter @AWF_Official and Facebook at facebook.com/AfricanWildlifeFoundation.
About IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare)
Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN)
WCN’s mission is to protect endangered species and preserve their natural habitats by supporting entrepreneurial conservationists who pursue innovative strategies for people and wildlife to co-exist and thrive.
Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and six other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit www.aza.org.
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) MISSION:WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature.VISION:WCS envisions a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth.To achieve our mission,WCS, based at the Bronx Zoo, harnesses the power of its Global Conservation Program in more than 60 nations and in all the world’s oceans and its five wildlife parks in New York City, visited by 4 million people annually. WCS combines its expertise in the field, zoos, and aquarium to achieve its conservation mission. Visit:;;; follow:.
Europa, Relativity Media, Brick Mansion Productions Inc, Canal+, Cine+, present a 90 minute, PG-13, action, crime, drama, directed by Camille Delamarre, written by Luc Besson and Bibi Naceri with a theater release date of April 25, 2014.
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