Dr. Alex Hershaft founded the Vegetarian Information Service in 1976 and FARM in 1982. He launched World Vegetarian Day in 1977, World Farm Animals Day in 1983, the Great American Meatout in 1985, Gentle Thanksgiving in 1990, and CHOICE (Citizens for Healthy Options In Children's Education) in 1995. He organized 17 national animal rights conferences including the Action For Life Conference that launched the U.S. AR movement in 1981. He is a member of the Vegetarian and the Animal Rights Hall of Fame. He describes himself as a "late bloomer", having accomplished all this after earning a Ph.D. in chemistry and devoting nearly 30 years to science research and consulting. Please visit www.ArConference****
Alex Pacheco began making headlines at the age of 21 by closing down the first laboratory in the U.S. on charges of cruelty to animals. As co-founder and Chairman of PETA for 20 years, he was responsible for expanding it into the world's most recognizable animal rights charity. To date, he has been responsible for raising over $128 million for charity in donations alone. He is well-known for leading a 15-year battle to save a band of crippled lab animals called "The Silver Spring Monkeys." His picture and articles have appeared in each edition of Animal Times for the last 20 years. In 1999, Alex became President of All American Animals and Humane America, the creator of 1-800-SAVE-A-PET****. Please visit www.ArConference**** and www.AllAmericanAnimals****
Armaiti May, DVM is an animal rights advocate and veterinarian currently practicing in Southern California. She became a vegan and activist as a student at UC Berkeley. An active officer in the campus advocacy group, Cal Vegetarians, she helped put on several vegan outreach and food giveaways. As a student at UC Davis, Armaiti helped coordinate a surgery "wetlab" training for fellow vet students as a humane alternative to the school's terminal surgeries. During vet school she volunteered with Rural Area Veterinary Services to provide free care and sterilization surgeries to dogs, cats, and horses in economically disadvantaged communities. Please visit www.ArConference****
Erik Marcus runs the website Vegan****, which discusses veganism news, vegan topics of interest, animal rights and animal welfare through a bi-weekly podcast. Marcus has written two books; Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating and Meat Market: Animals, Ethics and Money.
Please visit www.ArConference**** and www.Vegan****
Camille Hankins is co-founder of Win Animal Rights (WAR), a group of hardcore, grassroots, direct action campaigners dedicated to bringing an end to the brutality and killing at Huntingdon Life Sciences and ultimately to total animal liberation. With almost 20 years of sales, marketing and management expertise, Camille specializes in using her knowledge base to capitalize on critical weaknesses of animal exploitation businesses. In addition to her role with WAR, Camille acts as a Press Officer for the North American Animal Liberation Press Office and annually serves as Exhibit Coordinator for the AR200X national conferences. Please visit www.ArConference**** and www.War-Online****
Marianne Thieme is a Dutch politician, animal activist and publicist. She is the chairwoman and political leader of the first animal rights party in history that is represented in a national parliament. Since last November, her Party for the Animals has won 2 seats in the Dutch National Parliament, 9 seats in the Dutch Provincial Governments and 1 seat in the Dutch Senate. She was voted Political Talent of the Year 2006 by the Dutch parliamentary press, Most Spicy Politician by women's magazine Viva and Most Influential Woman for Farmer's Incomes by the leading Dutch magazine on agriculture. Marianne has published a book on animal rights ('The Animal's Century') and dozens of articles in Dutch national & regional newspapers on factory farming, hunting, animal testing, bird flu, ritual slaughtering, fur, fisheries and vegetarianism. Please visit www.ArConference****
Would you eat chicken if they force you?
Howard Lyman, known as the "Mad Cowboy," is a former cattle rancher-turned vegan and food safety activist. In 1996, he appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show, resulting in the infamous "Veggie Libel" case brought on by Texas ranchers. He is the author of "Mad Cowboy: Plain truth from the cattle rancher who won't eat meat" and former Director of the "Beyond Beef Campaign" & the Humane Society of the United States' "Eating With Conscience" Campaign; past President of both the International Vegetarian Union, and EarthSave International; and is currently President of Voice for a Viable Future. Howard travels over 100,000 miles every year as a speaker and lecturer. Please visit www.ArConference**** and www.MadCowboy****
Bryan Pease is an attorney who works with nonprofits and defends free speech. Bryan and his wife Kath Rogers run the nonprofit Animal Protection and Rescue League. Bryan Pease is an attorney who works with nonprofits and defends free speech. Bryan and his wife Kath Rogers run the nonprofit Animal Protection and Rescue League. Please visit www.ArConference**** and www.APRL****
Saurabh Dalal presents A Global Dietary Imperative to Global Warming.
An all-plant-based diet offers powerful solutions:
Efficiency of global and local resources.
Reducing greenhouse gases.
Minimizing land / water / air pollution.
Overall planetary health / sustainability.
Lesser dependence on foreign oil, foreign economic markets, and related factors.
Enormous cost savings for the near- and long-term.
Alleviating global hunger.
Reducing effects on non-human animals.
Personal and public health / well-being; Fostering peace, sharing, and responsibility; Minimization of harm, respect for all life; Reconnecting with the spiritual and religious tenets.
Debra Erenberg is Organizing Director for Rainforest Action Network, where she oversees the development of local activist groups, online community-building, and outreach to young people. In her "free time," she serves as Deputy Director of The Essence of True Humanity Is Compassion (The ETHIC) and the ETHIC's Darfur Pledge campaign to end the genocide in western Sudan. Prior to joining RAN, Debra served as Director of Affiliate Resources for NARAL Pro-Choice America. In more than eighteen years of grassroots organizing, election campaigns and nonprofit management, she has also worked with Center for Science in the Public Interest, PETA, the Great Ape Project, and many others. Please visit www.ArConference**** and www.RAN****
Harold Brown was raised on a cattle farm in Michigan and spent half of his life in agriculture. As Outreach Coordinator for Farm Sanctuary, Harold coordinates a campaign to encourage farmers to adopt sustainable farming practices, and he hosts the AskFarmerBrown**** website. He also appears in Tribe of Heart's documentary, Peaceable Kingdom, where he tells the powerful story of his transformation from "beef" farmer to vegan farm animal advocate. Please visit www.ArConference**** and www.FarmSanctuary****