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APPA Opens Government Affairs Office in Washington D.C.

GREENWICH, CT., December 19, 2005 – The American Pet Products Association (APPA) Managing Director and C.O.O. Bob Vetere announced today that the association has opened a government affairs office in Washington, D.C.

APPA has retained the services of McKenna, Long and Aldridge LLP to act as consultants and to serve as an advocate on behalf of pet product manufacturers for product issues on Capitol Hill. Working together with Marshall Meyers and PIJAC will insure that the full range of issues pertaining to the pet industry will have a Washington, D.C. presence.

McKenna, Long and Aldridge LLP is an international law firm with staff experts in food and pesticide law, international trade including a China specialist, intellectual property and Homeland Security.The firm also has non-profit association experience, lobbyists and an environmental consulting firm with toxicologists who specialize in the regulatory aspects of pesticides.

“The retention of this firm will give not only pet product manufacturers a stronger voice in front of key legislators but will help assure that we are closely looking out for the greater good of the entire pet industry,” said Vetere.

McKenna, Long and Aldridge LLP has offices in seven U.S. cities, Brussels and Belgium.

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Founded in 1958, the American Pet Products Association is the nation's leading not-for-profit trade organization serving the interests of the pet products industry and educating the public on the many joys and health benefits associated with pet ownership.APPA's membership consists of nearly 850 companies, which include large corporations as well as growing enterprises worldwide. Every year APPA does extensive research utilizing a number of industry and affiliated sources to track the overall size of the pet industry and also conducts a comprehensive survey of pet owners every two years.Visit APPA online at www.americanpetproducts.org.