— Heather Dail, Faculty Advisor in the US
MOBILE, ALABAMA, UNITED STATES, Nov. 18, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — This week, the University of South Alabama student organization Animal Rights Alliance hosted guest speaker and Mobile native Marty Irby at a special event where the Irby spoke about animal welfare issues and lobbying for animals in our state capital.
Irby is Executive Director at Animal Wellness Action and Senior Vice President of the Center for a Humane Economy. The animal protection groups are based in Washington, DC
Irby is a graduate of UMS-Wright Preparatory School and USA. At university he was a member of the Eta Epsilon chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He was named one of The Hill’s top lobbyists in 2019, 2020 and 2021 and was honored by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2020 for his work protecting horses. He is an elected board member and secretary of the Organization for Competitive Markets and serves on the campaign steering committees for US Reps. Nancy Mace, RS.C., and Buddy Carter, R-Ga. Irby is a former elected member of the Mobile Country Republican Executive Committee, representing Semmes, and past chairman of the Mobile County Young Republicans. He was communications director and policy adviser to Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., before Whitfield resigned from Congress.
At the US event, Irby addressed the issues of horse slaughter, horse wounding, doping in American horse racing and the plight of our legendary American wild horses living on public lands and the FDA Modernization Act, chaired by Senator Rand Paul , R-Ky., which passed the US Senate in September with the support and co-sponsorship of US Senator Tommy Tuberville, R-Auburn. Also supported by US Rep. Barry Moore, R-Dothan, and 107 other House co-sponsors, the FDA Modernization Act would repeal a 1938 mandate that required animal testing for every FDA-approved drug. Depression-era regulation increases the cost and time to market for new drugs while sacrificing millions of animals to tests that are far less predictive than modern alternatives, such as B. Organs on chips.
Irby also delved into his work on the Big Cat Public Safety Act with Tiger King star Carole Baskin. This legislation was passed by the US House of Representatives in July and is expected to be passed by the Senate and brought to the President’s desk to become law in the coming weeks.
Additionally, the event was fortunately timed to coincide with the passage of the animal welfare bill Irby has long campaigned for – the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act to End Horse Abuse – on the same night on the floor of the US House of Representatives . Students in the US were able to watch the voting live after Irby’s presentation.
“We are honored to have Marty as our guest, who gave an engaging presentation,” said Heather Dail, an English teacher in the US who serves as a faculty advisor for the student organization Animal Rights Alliance. “Animal rights in politics is a unique intersection of disciplines, so it was fascinating for students to hear Marty speak about it and see the US House of Representatives vote on one of the bills he is championing.”
“It was truly an honor for me to speak to the South students on animal welfare issues and Washington, DC politics,” said Marty Irby. “I hope each participant takes something I’ve shared and puts it into daily practice to help animals and use their own voice with elected officials. Mobile will always be my home and my heart, and I am grateful to President Jo Bonner, Heather Dail and the entire USA team for the wonderful hospitality they have shown me.”
After graduating from the United States in 2003, Irby left Mobile to move to Tennessee, where he won eight world championships and later served as president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association, the breed registry established in 1935. He then moved to Washington, D.C. after testifying at a congressional hearing on horse abuse in 2013 and has since testified before the US House of Representatives on numerous occasions, most recently in 2020 in support of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act passed by President Donald J Trump in the same year. Trump previously recognized Irby at the signing of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Torture Act (PACT) in the Oval Office in 2019, and signed a total of six animal welfare legislations that Irby championed during his presidency.
Animal Wellness Action is a Washington, DC-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission to help animals by promoting legal standards that prohibit cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of pets, livestock and wildlife. We advocate action to stop dog and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty, and to counter factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we encourage the implementation of good public policies and work to enforce those policies. To make good laws, we must elect good legislators, and so we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which don’t. We believe that helping animals helps us all.
The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a Los Angeles-based private charity dedicated to helping animals by making veterinary care available to anyone with a pet, regardless of their economic ability. We organize rescues and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find loving caregivers. We are committed to bringing veterinarians to the forefront of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support actions that prevent animal cruelty and alleviate suffering. We believe that helping animals helps us all.
The Center for a Humane Economy is a nonprofit organization focused on influencing business behavior to create a humane economy. The first organization of its kind in the animal welfare movement, the center encourages companies to live up to their social responsibilities in a culture where consumers, investors and other key stakeholders abhor cruelty and
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