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March 29, 2013

Hollywood Animal-Protection Charity Picks New Chairman

The American Humane Association, the organization charged with ensuring the welfare of animals and children on television and movie sets, has tapped a pet-care-industry veteran as its new chairman, says the Los Angeles Times.

John Payne succeeds Eric Bruner, who resigned in January amid questions over payments by the association to Mr. Bruner's business partner. The 136-year-old charity has also come under fire from animal-rights groups for its monitoring of Hollywood productions, most recently after several horses died during filming of the HBO series Luck.

Mr. Payne is the founder and chief executive of Pet Health Innovations and previously led Medical Management International, the nation's largest private veterinary network.