Animal Wellness Action and the Center for a Humane Economy Announce New Hire in Colorado, Staff Changes

Washington, D.C. — Animal Wellness Action and the Center for a Humane Economy announce the hiring of Samantha Miller as Colorado State Director. The previous state director, Julie Marshall, is now Director of Public Relations for the organizations. Joseph Grove is now Sr. Director of Communications.

Animal Wellness Action focuses on public policy and enforcement of existing laws and regulations to protect animals, while the Center for a Humane Economy urges corporations to include animal welfare in their supply chains, R&D programs, and other operations, thereby creating a more humane economic order.

“Samantha Miller has deep and rich experience in influencing government and building coalitions to adopt sound wildlife policies that promote safety for animals and people,” said Wayne Pacelle, president of Animal Wellness Action and the Center for a Humane Economy. “She’s going to play a crucial role in Colorado in 2024, working with our entire team in Colorado and thousands of our supporters, to halt cruel and unsporting trophy hunting and commercial trapping practices.”

Samantha Miller
Colorado State Director

Samantha has spearheaded critical legislative victories in the domain of wildlife policy making, including an effort to block a spring black bear hunt in Washington in 2023 and promoting the adoption of a 2023 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Accountability and Reform Study that programs the outlook of a conventional fish and wildlife agency. Bruegger has worked on environmental conservation policy as well, with experience on Colorado water policy through the Outstanding Grand Lake Foundation.

She has also served on the board of directors for the local animal shelter. Her academic background includes a Master of Public Policy from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Riverside.

In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding with her son, Sawyer, and is an active member of Backcountry Horsemen.

CATs is a political committee in Colorado that has succesfully filed 2024 ballot language to ban trophy hunting of mountain lions and fur trapping of bobcats. The measure also protects lynx, who are sometimes mistaken for bobcats and killed.

 CATs believes that trophy hunting of mountain lions and bobcats is cruel and unsporting — a highly commercial, high-tech head-hunting exercise that doesn’t produce edible meat or sound wildlife management outcomes, but only orphaned cubs and social chaos among the surviving big cats.

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on the citizens' initiative to ban trophy-hunting of mountain lions and trapping of bobcats on the 2024 Colorado ballot