July 10th - 13th • Westin LAX Hotel
5400 W Century Blvd in Los Angeles, CA


 Akhtar Aysha11

Aysha Akhtar, MD, MPH, is a double Board-certified neurologist and public health specialist and author of the new book, "Animals and Public Health: Why Treating Animals Better Is Critical to Human Welfare". She works for the Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is LCDR in the US Public Health Service and is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. She specializes in medical ethics, drug safety and effectiveness and biosurveillance. Learn more about animal ethics issues and their intersection with human health on her website.

 Bala Vandhana11

Vandhana Bala serves as general counsel for Mercy For Animals and oversees the organization’s legal initiatives, which include working local law enforcement for criminal prosecutions of farmed animal abusers, developing lawsuits and initiating complaints to governmental agencies relating to illegal agribusiness operations, and lecturing on legal issues relating to farmed animals. An honors graduate of the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana, Vandhana is currently admitted to practice in Illinois, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

 Balcombe Jonathan11

Jonathan Balcombe is the author of four books including Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals and Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good. His three biology degrees include a PhD in animal behavior from the University of Tennessee, where he studied communication in bats. He has published over 45 scientific papers on animal behavior and is currently at work on a book about the inner lives of fishes and a novel titled After Meat. Formerly Senior Research Scientist with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Jonathan is currently the Department Chair for Animal Studies with the Humane Society University.


Dr. Baruch Ben Yehudah is the founder of the Everlasting Life Health Complex, developer of the Eat the Cure concept, a motivational speaker, a health consultant, a TV and radio personality and the Health Committee Chairman of the NAACP. In the 1990's, Dr. Baruch worked in the D.C. jail system, changing the inmates' outlook on their lives, and received his Naturopathic Doctors Degree from the School of the Prophets Institute at Jerusalem in Israel in 2004. He lectures nationally and abroad on the topic of achieving optimal health and has a current client base of over 10,000 people in the Washington D.C.-area and beyond.

 Belotti Anthony12

Anthony Bellotti is the founder of the White Coat Waste Project, which works to expose the government's $12 billion annual taxpayer-funded animal experimentation budget. Anthony is a co-founding Director of the Humane Research Council and a Vice President at Campaign Solutions. Some of his animal protection clients include the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, the American Anti-Vivisection Society, and the Fund for Animals. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. from the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, with concentrations in corporate public affairs and campaign management.

 Bhumitra Jaya12

Jaya Bhumitra is the Campaigns Director for the farmed animal protection organization Compassion Over Killing. Jaya develops national outreach efforts such as VegWeek and We Love Subway, while also expanding the organization's reach across the U.S. Previously, she acted as Los Angeles Outreach Director for nearly a year, and led the city's Volunteer Chapter the year before that. She's also a 2011 Fellow and current Co-Director of the Los Angeles chapter of New Leaders Council, a national association that develops emerging leaders.

 Blum Sarahjane10 Sarahjane Blum is the lead plaintiff in Blum v. Holder, a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, and has worked on animal rights campaigns throughout the United States since the mid-1990s. She is the co-founder of GourmetCruelty.com, a coalition dedicated to exposing the cruelty of the foie gras industry. Shecurrently serves on the boards of Support Vegans in the Prison System and New York City’s Empty Cages Collective.
 Bohanec Hope13

Hope Bohanec has been active in animal protection and environmental activism for over 20 years and is the author of the forthcoming book, The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat?. Hope offered her organizational talents as the Campaigns Director at In Defense of Animals, succeeded in moving the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to pass a VegDay Resolution, was the Sonoma County Coordinator for Proposition 2, and co-founded the Sonoma County based Compassionate Living Outreach.

 Boghosian Heidi12

Heidi Boghosian is the executive director of the National Lawyers Guild, a progressive bar association established in 1937. She co-hosts the weekly radio program, Law and Disorder, which airs on WBAI, New York and over 50 affiliates. Selected writings include Punishing Protest; Applying Restraints to Private Police; and The Assault on Free Speech, Public Assembly, and Dissent. She received her law degree from Temple Law School where she was editor of the Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review. Her forthcoming book, Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power and Public Resistance, will be published by City Lights Books in September.

 Brown Jenny10

Jenny Brown is the Co-Founder and Director of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary—a not-for-profit organization and farm animal shelter located in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Jenny is an outspoken vegan animal rights activist who previously worked as a Television Producer until 2002 when she went undercover in Texas to film farmed animal abuse. Jenny’s story and the work of her sanctuary has been featured in the New York Times, Cosmopolitan Magazine, New York Magazine, New York Daily News, NPR’s Weekend America and more. Her first book, The Lucky Ones, was released in 2012.

 Budkie Karen12

Karen Budkie is the co-founder & Operations Manager of Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN), which works exclusively on the animal experimentation issue by successfully terminating research projects, forcing the USDA to take legal action against laboratories, & coordinating release of animals into sanctuaries. Karen’s activism started in the 1970s by supporting leghold trap legislation and eliminating live dissection of guinea pigs at her high school. Her activism has come full spectrum as she lends her many talents to the daily operations of SAEN while traveling extensively & organizing SAEN’s Free the Animals – Effective Action Against Vivisection conferences.

 Budkie Michael7

Michael Budkie, A.H.T., is the co-founder & Executive Director of Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN), which works exclusively on the animal experimentation issue by successfully terminating research projects, forcing the USDA to take legal action against laboratories, & coordinating release of animals into sanctuaries. After witnessing the atrocities of animal experimentation during his education, he successfully ended a head injury experiment on cats at the Univ. of Cincinnati, which launched his career leading to positions with several national organizations and co-founding SAEN. He has been published & travels extensively, appearing on TV & radio programs to expose the truth about animal experimentation.

 Camp Jon12

Jon Camp is Director of Outreach for Vegan Outreach, which publishes and distributes informational booklets promoting veganism throughout the world. Jon travels across the US leafleting on behalf of Vegan Outreach's Adopt a College campaign, which, as of May, 2013, has handed out over 13 million hard copies of Vegan Outreach brochures. Jon has personally handed out over 900,000 booklets at 400 schools, and mobilized thousands of others to join the outreach program.

 Cantrell Katie12

Katie Cantrell is the founder and executive director of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition, which she founded in 2010 to educate people about the ecological and social justice hazards of industrial meat production in the United States. She has delivered over 100 presentations to venues like Yale University and the National Resources Defense Council, and her presentation has been used as a resource by food justice activists across the country.

 Cao Liqin12

Liqin Cao is a Director of United Poultry Concerns.  After receiving a Master's degree in Computer Science, she found her passion in advocating for animals. Fluent in both English and Chinese, Liqin has translated UPC’s Live Poultry Markets literature for the Chinese community in New York City and San Francisco.  A strong believer in changing people's attitude toward animals through public education, she leaflets and tables for United Poultry Concerns in public forums, festivals and conferences. Over the past 17 years, Liqin has worked devotedly to advance United Poultry Concerns’ mission of promoting  compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl.

 Coman-Hidy David12 David Coman-Hidy is the Director of Campaigns for The Humane League, a farm animal advocacy group that uses anti-cruelty campaigns, vegan outreach, and education programs in high schools and universities to save as many lives as possible. David oversees the outreach and campaigns for the group's efforts in Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York.
 Cooney Nick12

Nick Cooney is the Compassionate Communities Campaign manager for Farm Sanctuary and the author of Change Of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change, which VegNews named as one of its top ten books of 2011 and about which bestselling author Rory Freedman raved, "If you want to create a better world, read this book!" Nick is also the founder of The Humane League, a farm animal advocacy non-profit. His work for animals has been featured in Time magazine, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and other media outlets.

 Cressey Charlotte10

Charlotte Cressey is an animal rights activist and educator, certified yoga instructor, and enthusiast for the many benefits of a vegan lifestyle. Charlotte believes in the revolutionary power of love and challenges the notion that the world is cruel. She is a defender of those most at our mercy - animals. Through her presentations and yoga classes she assists people in unearthing the infinite wellspring of love, compassion, and wisdom that is within. Learn more at VeganWellness.net

 Dalal Saurabh10

Saurabh Dalal is Deputy Chair of the International Vegetarian Union, President of the Vegetarian Union of North America, President of the Vegetarian Society of DC, and volunteers in various capacities with numerous like-minded non-profits. A lifelong vegetarian, and vegan since 1991, Saurabh advocates for veganism and Ahinsa (non-violence) as compelling solutions to many global problems. He holds graduate degrees in Physics and Engineering and explores ways to integrate sound science into the animal rights movement.

 DeCoux Elizabeth12

Elizabeth DeCoux is Professor of Law at Florida Coastal School of Law, where she teaches animal rights law, as well as torts and evidence. She also teaches animal rights law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. DeCoux’s scholarship addresses some of society’s most stubborn but least justified assumptions about animals. She has recently focused her research on the commonality of oppression and on attempts to use the criminal law to stop the animal liberation movement. Her articles have appeared in numerous journals, and she has presented her work widely to audiences in the United States and abroad.

 Dinshah Anne13

Anne Dinshah is a lifetime vegan and author of Dating Vegans, a guide to romantic relationships between a vegan and non-vegan, and Healthy Hearty Helpings, a vegan cookbook for busy people who wish to eat well. She coauthored Maribeth Abrams’ cookbook The 4 Ingredient Vegan. Her career as a rowing coach takes her to a variety of locations throughout the United States where she embraces the challenges of everyday life with focus, persistence, and grace. Anne is building her stone and timber-frame writer’s cabin in western New York state and is committed to building bridges as a vegan in a culture that depends heavily on animal products.

 Dreher Kim12
Kimberly Dreher is the Programs Director at VegFund, a non-profit vegan grant giving organization. Kimberly also volunteers with a number of animal rights and humanitarian organizations and has organized numerous feed-ins and vegan outreach events. She manages three successful online vegan video outreach campaigns that attract over 1 million visitors per month. Kimberly resides in Southern California with her rescued dogs and cats. Kimberly has her M.S. in psychology.
 Enoch Janet11


Janet Enoch is an investigator with Showing Animals Kindness and Respect (SHARK) - an organization that for 20 years has been on the frontlines investigating and exposing the cruelty of hunting and animal use for "entertainment".  Previously Janet was Vice President of Kinship Circle, Executive Director of   The Animal Trust of America and the President of the St. Louis Animal Rights Team.  Janet was part of the ballot initiative to end cockfighting in Missouri and the closing of two Petland Stores in the St. Louis area.

 Erenberg Debra11 Debra Erenberg has been an advocate for animals, the environment, and social justice for two decades, currently serving as the State Affairs Director for the Justice at Stake Campaign. Debra has also served as the Midwest Regional Director for Amnesty International-USA and Organizing Director for Rainforest Action Network, overseeing grassroots activism, education, training, outreach and online organizing. In the animal rights movement, Debra has worked with organizations including PETA, In Defense of Animals, and the Great Ape Project. She looks forward to bringing perspectives from multiple movements to the AR conference
 Finelli Mary11 Mary Finelli has been involved in animal rights activism since 1985, primarily focusing on farmed animals. She has a B.S. in animal science, and has worked for numerous animal protection organizations. For seven years, Mary produced Farmed Animal Watch, an on-line news digest. She has long been a top contributor to AR-News, Animal_Net, and other animal rights and vegetarian news listservs. Mary has recently begun Fish Feel, the only organization working exclusively to promote the interests of fish.
 Francione Gary10

Gary L. Francione is the founder of The Abolitionist Approach and author of numerous books and articles on animal rights theory and animals and the law, including Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog?, Rain Without Thunder: The Ideology of the Animal Rights Movement, and the forthcoming e-book Eat Like You Care: An Examination of the Morality of Eating Animals. He a Board of Governors Professor, Distinguished Professor of Law, and Scholar of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University School of Law-Newark. Professor Francione was the first academic to teach animal rights theory in an American law school, has lectured on the topic throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, and appeared on numerous radio and television shows. 



 Friedman Jerry11

Jerry Friedman is a lawyer and activist, international speaker, and has been published in the American Journal of Bioethics (2003) and the Cultural Encyclopedia of Vegetarianism (2010). After witnessing cruelty at a pre-veterinary university, Jerry dropped out, and since then has been working in all forms of advocacy to promote veganism and establish animal rights. He sued Kaiser Permanente for discriminating against vegan employees and Adidas for breaking California law by using kangaroo skin in soccer cleats. He's a former board member of In Defense of Animals, Animal CARE Foundation, National Lawyers Guild-Los Angeles, and Cannon River STEM School.

 Friedrich Bruce11

Bruce Friedrich is the senior director for strategic initiatives at Farm Sanctuary. Bruce has worked as a public school teacher in inner city Baltimore, as vice president for policy at PETA, and at a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in D.C. He was inducted into the US Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2004 and has been a progressive activist for 25 years. He co-authored The Animal Activist's Handbook with Matt Ball. About the book, Peter Singer states, "Rarely have so few pages contained so much intelligence and good advice. Get it, read it, and act on it. Now."

 Garza Eddie12

Eddie Garza serves as campaigns manager for Mercy For Animals, strategizing and implementing outreach campaigns and projects and creating advertising campaigns across a diverse spectrum of media,. Eddie is guided by the peaceful teachings of Jivamukti Yoga, finding inspiration in its motto, "May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all." A native of Brownsville, Texas, Eddie studied music education and orchestral performance at the University of North Texas, and taught in the Texas public school system for nearly a decade before dedicating his life to animal advocacy.

 Gibson Noel-Teru 13

Noel-Teru Gibson is a fundraiser, training conductor, and community outreach consultant for animal rights, social justice, environmental, and political lobbying organizations. Currently, he acts as the New Jersey Volunteer Coordinator for Mercy For Animals, and has presented to and consulted with Rape Assistance and Awareness, Clean Water Action, New Jersey Environmental Federation, Fair Share Alliance, and others.

 Ginsberg Caryn10

Caryn Ginsberg is a marketing consultant and author of Animal Impact: Secrets Proven to Achieve Results and Move the World which Peter Singer, author of Animal Liberation, hailed it as a "practical handbook every activist should read." For more than ten years, she's been sharing keys to effectiveness, advising leading organizations and speaking at major events. She combines her experience with stories, tips, and ideas from more than 60 influential advocates. She also has a long record of volunteering by staffing outreach tables, parading with fellow advocates, and helping with administrative tasks.

Greger Michael 10  Michael Greger, MD, is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. He has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, testified before Congress, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous "meat defamation" trial. He is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine. Currently Dr. Greger serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States. Hundreds of his nutrition videos are freely available at NutritionFacts.org, with new videos uploaded every other day
 Guimaraes George11

George Guimaraes is a vegan dietitian and animal rights activist in Brazil. As a dietitian, his practice is dedicated to the research of vegetarian diets and counseling of vegetarian patients. He is also a regular lecturer and a writer. Guimaraes is the director of two vegan restaurants, VEGETHUS, and the founder of VEDDAS (Ethical Vegetarianism, Animal Rights Defense & Society). VEDDAS holds educational activities, protests and lawsuits on issues ranging from vivisection to animal farming & entertainment.

 Haisley Scotlund12

Scotlund Haisley is the founder and president of the Animal Rescue Corps. He has been a leader in the animal welfare field for 20 years, serving as President of In Defense of Animals, Senior Director of The Humane Society Animal Rescue Team, and President of Washington Animal Rescue League, where he created the world’s first cage-free animal shelter. His high-profile successes include post-Katrina rescues of over one thousand animals, rehabilitation for 11 of Michael Vick’s dogs, and almost three years of traveling the globe to rescue animals from puppy mills, dog fighting, hoarding, factory farming, and natural disasters.

Hartland Susan13


Susan Hartland is an animal rescuer, activist, and the Administrative Director of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Susan previously served as a volunteer onboard the Steve Irwin from 2009 - 2010 as Communications Officer and 2nd Mate for the Antarctic, Waltzing Matilda and Blue Rage campaigns. Susan’s life-long mission to protect and save animals began over twenty years ago when she worked with homeless animals in rural shelters. It was through this experience that Susan became determined to help end the needless suffering of animals, adopted a vegan diet, and started advocating for all animals.


hauter wenonah12

Wenonah Hauter is the Executive Director of Food & Water Watch. She has worked extensively on food, water, energy and environmental issues at the national, state and local level. Her book Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America examines the corporate consolidation and control over our food system and what it means for farmers and consumers. Experienced in developing policy positions and legislative strategies, she is also a skilled and accomplished organizer, having lobbied and developed grassroots field strategy and action plans. She has an M.S. in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland.

 Heister Anja12 Anja Heister is theDirector of the Wild & Free Habitats Campaign at In Defense of Animals, where she works to protect wild fur-bearing animals, deer, geese and other wildlife who are in conflict with human enterprise. Anja holds a Masters in Human Genetics and Anthropology from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, where she was a student leader opposing the use of animal study methods in science. She is currently enrolled in Ph.D. program at the University of Montana, studying wildlife conservation, ethics and policy, and is a co-founder of Footloose Montana, which works to end trapping on Montana’s public lands.
 Hershaft Alex9 Alex Hershaft, Ph.D. is the Animal Rights Conference Chair and founder of Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM). He launched World Farm Animals Day in 1983, the Great American Meatout in 1985, Gentle Thanksgiving in 1990, and has organized 20 national Animal Rights conferences. He is a member of the Vegetarian and the Animal Rights Halls of Fame. Dr. Hershaft 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.
hitt amanda12

Amanda Hitt is the Director of the Food Integrity Campaign at the Government Accountability Project. With her background in both law and public health, Amanda works closely with partner organizations, clients, legislators, and the media to alter the balance of power between the food industry and consumers. She acts to protect the rights of those who speak out against the practices that compromise food integrity, and empower whistleblowers and food activists. Amanda holds a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Food Ingredient Health Research.

 Holland Colleen13


Colleen Holland is the co-founder & Associate Publisher of VegNews Magazine. Since the company's humble beginnings in 2000, she and business partner Joseph Connelly have grown the publication into an award-winning, full-color glossy magazine read in 38 countries. A graduate of UCLA and one of just six people to have been elected into both the Vegetarian Hall of Fame and the Animal Rights Hall of Fame, her background in food, marketing, and brand-building has helped create an internationally renowned media company. Named one of the Top 40 Media Professionals by Folio Magazine, Colleen is an 18-year ethical vegan and can't wait to again attend the AR Conference—the place where she and Joseph launched VegNews 13 years ago.


 holtz liz11

Liz Holtz, Staff Attorney Alley Cat Allies, the nation's only advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Alley Cat Allies has established the first best-practice standards for Trap-Neuter-Return for feral cats in the U.S. and runs spay and neuter clinics throughout the in the Washington, D.C. area. Alley Cat Allies is recognized worldwide for their pioneering work.

 johnson seba12 Seba Johnson is a vegan athlete and activist, known as the youngest Olympic Alpine Ski Racer in history and the first and only black female ski racer in Olympic history. She was raised vegan since birth and was once disqualified from a World Cup ski race because she refused to wear a ski suit that had a patch of leather sewn into it. Seba's ethical and moral refusal to wear leather made more press attention than the winner of the ski race! Seba is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild, a graduate of Howard University, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
 Jones Pattrice7 pattrice jones is the coordinator & co-founder of VINE Sanctuary, the only animal sanctuary staffed by LGTBQ people. VINE provides a haven for animals who have escaped or been rescued from the meat, dairy and egg industries or other abusive circumstances, such as cockfights or pigeon-shoots. An activist in various social change movements since the 1970s, pattrice speaks and writes frequently of the connections between earth, animal, and human liberation. She is the author of Aftershock: Confronting Trauma in a Violent World: A Guide for Activists and Their Allies and formerly directed the Global Hunger Coalition.
 Joy Melanie10 Melanie Joy, Ph.D., Ed.M. is a Harvard-educated psychologist, professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, celebrated speaker, and is the author of the award-winning Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows. Dr. Joy has presented about carnism across the US and abroad and appeared on the BBC, NPR, PBS, Good Morning Croatia, the Austrian Der Standard, and the Italian Le Scienze. She is also the author of Strategic Action for Animals and the founder and president of the Carnism Awareness and Action Network.
 kaplan myq13

Myq Kaplan is a vegan comedian who has been featured on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Late Show with David LettermanThe Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson and in his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents special. He was a Top 5 finalist on the most recent season of Last Comic Standing 2010was voted 2008′s Best Local Comedian in the Boston Phoenix, and won the NY’s Funniest Standup Competition in 2009. The Comedians Magazine describes him as "a comedy machine, in the best possible wayrelentless, methodical, unblinking."

 Kemmerer Lisa11

Dr. Lisa Kemmerer, Ph.D., MTS, has for the past thirty years been a philosopher-activist dedicated to working against human and non-human animal oppression, and is currently associate professor of philosophy and religions at Montana State University Billings.  She is the author of nine books, including award-winning, highly-acclaimed titles such as Animals and World Religions; Speaking Up for Animals: An Anthology of Women's Voices; Sister Species: Women, Animals, and Social Justice; Call to Compassion: Reflections on Animal Advocacy; and In Search of Consistency. That said, she finds that books and degrees seem less important to who she is than things which cannot readily be put on paper.

 Kuhn Keegan12

Keegan Kuhn is a documentary filmmaker, video producer and professional musician based in the San Francisco bay area of CA. He runs First Spark Media a video production company tailored to creating videos and films for non-profit organizations and conscientious companies. His most recent film is Turlock the Documentary, made in conjunction with Animal Place.

 Lawson Greg6 Greg Lawson is President of the Vegetarian Society of El Paso. He was lead journalist for the newsletter of Animal Rights Online for 8 years and his articles have appeared in The Animal Voices magazine, the magazine of the American Vegan Society and other publications. Since 2002 he has hosted a vegan oriented radio show, Animal Concerns of Texas, ACT Radio, on KTEP, National Public Radio for the Southwest.
 Leahy Chery11

Cheryl Leahy serves as Compassion Over Killing's General Counsel targeting large-scale abuse of farmed animals through proactive litigation and undercover investigations. Her work includes challenging cruel practices forced upon farmed animals as well as the misleading marketing of meat, milk, and eggs often found in grocery stores. Cheryl received a J.D. from UCLA School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Chicago in Environmental Studies. She is a member of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and California bars.

 LeBlanc Carrie12

Carrie LeBlanc, M.A. is the new Director of Operations for Mercy For Animals. In addition to overseeing MFA's finance and human resources departments, Carrie coordinates all aspects of MFA's fundraising program from membership to major gifts to events to grant writing. She joined MFA with six years of fund development and nonprofit management experience during which time she has raised millions of dollars and provided countless hours of consulting for small nonprofits focused on animal protection.

 Leenaert Tobias13

Tobias Leenaert is the founder and CEO of the Belgian nonprofit organization Ethical Vegetarian Alternative which in 2005 became the first vegetarian organization in the world to receive structural support from its national government. In 2009, EVA worked with Ghent, Belgium to adopt one vegetarian day per week. Since then, other cities in Belgium and other parts of the world have followed Ghent’s example. EVA has thus helped in mainstreaming meat reduction, engaging stakeholders including consumers, the government, agriculture, producers, distributors, and restaurants. In 2009, Tobias was elected as a Fellow of Ashoka, an international organization supporting 2500 high impact social entrepreneurs.


Leigh-Chantelle is the creator and operator of Viva la Vegan!, which focuses on easy-to-prepare recipes and articles as well as interactive features including a forum, videos, interviews, and connectivity to other like-minded individuals. Over the 15 years that Leigh-Chantelle has been an eco-feminist vegan, she has been involved as a sponsor, performer, emcee, speaker and stallholder for various animal rights, vegan and cruelty-free fundraisers, organizations, festivals and events throughout Australia and internationally. She recently returned from an extended tour throughout Southeast Asia.

 Light Jeff10 Jeffrey Light is a social justice attorney, working with the National Lawyers Guild and doing pro-bono work for the DC Trans Coalition (DCTC) and Defending Animal Rights Today and Tomorrow (DARTT) in cases involving First Amendment rights. As a student at Georgetown Law, Jeff originally intended to work in patent law, but instead discovered the importance of protecting civil rights and liberties. He found a passion for the public interest, specifically in the criminal justice arena, and now works as a criminal appeals lawyer in Washington, DC.
 Lin Pei-Cen12

Pei-Cen Lin  is a corporate trainer on professional development and interpersonal skills, including management and leadership development training. In addition to conducting trainings, she writes articles which can be accessed for free online.  Additionally, Pei-Cen is a dedicated activist for animal care and protection. conducting educational events for Farm Sanctuary, planning galas for the New York League of Humane Voters, volunteering for Mercy For Animals, and helping coordinate the NYC Veggie Pride Parade.

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Michael Macleod-Ball serves as legislative chief of staff and first amendment counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He ran the ACLU’s Alaska affiliate for three years and practiced law in Maine for over 15 years. A 20 year Democratic activist in New England, he was a Maine delegate to two national conventions, served in the Dukakis administration in Massachusetts, and staffed the late Cong. William Ratchford of Connecticut. He authored ACLU’s testimony opposing the DISCLOSE Act.


 Maratos Demo12

Demosthenes Maratos serves as the Communications Director at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, where he is an adjunct professor of environmental ethics, integrating concepts of sustainability, environmental protection, and veganism. He hosts the Sustainable Living Film Series which makes the ethics and environmental benefits of the veganism a central focus of each event. He began his career in 1989 with the Long Island Neighborhood Network, where he successfully campaigned for the two most significant pieces of pesticide legislation in New York State history. Demosthenes holds degrees in Sociology and Business Management from St. John’s University.

 Marino Nora13 Nora Constance Marino, Esq. has been in the private practice of law for well over a decade, with a focus on negligence, torts, commercial litigation, medical malpractice, constitutional law, matrimonial and family law, among other areas. A prominent advocate for animals, Nora volunteers at New York City Animal Care and Control, and is Chief Counsel to both Kinship Circle and the League of Humane Voters, where she works to enact animal-friendly legislation and elect candidates for public office who will use their votes and influence for animal protection. Nora also does pro bono legal work for other animal rights and rescue groups.
Marshall Liz12 Liz Marshall is an auteur filmmaker who fuses cinematic storytelling with social and environmental justice issues. Since the late 90s she has created award-winning and socially relevant projects which focus on a range of significant global issues. Her newest film, The Ghosts in Our Machine, is an award-winning and highly anticipated cross-platform documentary that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world through the heart and lens of animal rights photographer Jo-Anne McArthur. As a film, an interactive online companion,  and a robust web and social media campaign, Ghosts shines a light on the moral question: Are non-human animals property to be owned and used, or are they sentient beings deserving of rights?
McArthur Jo-Anne11

Jo-Anne McArthur is an award-winning photographer who has been documenting animal issues around the globe for over a decade. Her project We Animals has been shot in over 40 countries and the photos have contributed to dozens of worldwide campaigns to help animals. We Animals is dedicated to using photojournalism to challenge boundaries between humans and other animals and to raise awareness that non-human animals are sentient beings with moral significance who deserve to live free from exploitation and suffering in the food, clothing, experimentation and entertainment industries. Jo-Anne is the subject of the highly-anticipated new documentary, The Ghosts in Our Machine.

 McCrystal Rachel13

Rachel McCrystal is the Major Gifts Manager for Best Friends Animal Society. Based in Philadelphia, Rachel manages the fundraising component of capital projects for Best Friends' Utah Sanctuary -- improving the lives daily for the 1,800 animals at the largest no kill sanctuary in the country. Rachel has worked and volunteered at nonprofit organizations for over ten years, including as the Senior Director of Development at the Pennsylvania SPCA. A committed vegan and advocate for the rights of all animals, Rachel and her husband share their home with numerous permanent and foster companion animals.

 McGreal Shirley10 Dr. Shirley McGreal is the founder and Chairwoman of the International Primate Protection League (IPPL). She began her work on behalf of primates and conservation while she was a resident of Thailand in 1973. She formed IPPL after witnessing the deplorable conditions under which primates were captured, sold and transported. IPPL specializes in fighting the highly organized illegal traffic in endangered primate species such as gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans. Dr. McGreal has received a number of awards, including the Order of the British Empire in 2008.
 Meeropol Rachel11

Rachel Meeropol has worked at the Center for Constitutional Rights since 2002. She is the co-editor and primary author of the Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook, a widely-requested resource for prisoners, and the editor of America’s Disappeared: Secret Imprisonment, Detainees, and the “War on Terror,” (Seven Stories Press, 2005). Rachel is currently lead counsel on Blum v. Holder, a first amendment challenge to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.  She also represents federal prisoners held in the Bureau of Prisons’ secretive “communication management units” in Aref v. Holder.

 Meier Erica10

Erica Meier is the Executive Director of Compassion Over Killing, a non-profit animal advocacy organization based in Washington , D.C. that focuses on exposing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting vegetarian eating. COK’s undercover investigations inside factory farms have been featured in various newspapers, including the New York Times and the Washington Post. Before working at COK, Erica spent four years as an animal control officer in D.C., rescuing sick, injured, and homeless animals as well as enforcing animal protection laws.

 Merino-Mullin Carolyn 11

Carolyn Merino Mullin is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Museum of Animals and Society. She has over 14 years worth of experience in the nonprofit sector, with special emphasis in children’s education (literacy, humane education, museums). She served as an organizer for the historic "Yes on 10" ballot initiative with Floridians for Humane Farms in 2002 and the "Yes on 2" campaign in through Californians for Humane Farms. Carolyn earned her Bachelor’s in Religion Studies, with a focus in Religion & Nature, from the University of Florida and a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Denver, CO.

 Meyer Nicole12

Nicole Meyer is the Director of the Wild & Free – Elephant and Horse Protection Campaign at In Defense of Animals. Nicole strives to protect elephants and other exotics animals in zoos and circuses, and wild horses and burros under threat of removal from their natural habitats. Nicole has served as the elephant specialist for PETA, and has volunteered behind the scenes on numerous elephant welfare campaigns both nationally and internationally. She also contributes her skills as a writer, technical editor, and video producer.

 Modi Pulin12

Pulin Modi lives in Washington, DC where he currently works as a Senior Campaigner for Change.org. He has been involved in animal rights for nearly 15 years. He organized with the Animal Defense League in NJ in the 90s, Vassar Animal Rights Coalition in NY as a student, and spent over nine years at PETA where he was involved with youth campaigns and outreach across the country, online organizing via social media, and managed the grassroots activism program. His goal is to help anyone, anywhere make the world a better place for all.

 Moncrief Dawn12

Dawn Moncrief is the founding director of A Well-Fed World, a DC-based organization that reforms food and farm policies, distributes vegan food to those in need, and provides grants for innovative projects around the world. Dawn holds master’s degrees in International Relations and Women Studies, both with a focus on economic development. Her work highlights the ways in which high levels of meat consumption exacerbate global hunger, especially for women and children.

 Moran Victoria11

Victoria Moran is a professional speaker, author of eleven books, a certified holistic health counselor (HHC, AADP), and founder of Main Street Vegan Academy, training Vegan Lifestyle Coaches. Her latest book is Main Street Vegan, cited by VegNews as "the vegan Bible, New Testament." Victoriahas appeared as a guest on OprahToday, Good Morning America Now, Fox Strategy Room, and NPR’s All Things Considered. She hosts the weekly "Main Street Vegan" radio show/podcast on Unity.FM and is in pre-production with her husband, William Melton, and Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary, on Miss Liberty, a feature fulm about a cow who escapes a slaughterhouse. 

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John Morlino is a former social worker who founded The Essence of True Humanity Is Compassion (The ETHIC) to help foster a world where all beings live free from violence and oppression. John has a combined 30 years of experience as an advocate for both human and animal liberation. In 1999, he was recognized as an Outstanding Humane Educator by SPEAK for his work on behalf of animals. His social commentaries have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, the San Francisco Chronicle and on Truthout.org. He is scheduled to present at Friday evening’s plenary and Saturday's Newcomer Orientation.

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Peter Muller is the President of League of Humane Voters, a Political Action Committee whose mission is to support candidates for political office who promise their support of animal protective legislation. Peter has been involved in wildlife protection since 1976. He has participated in patrolling posted land against hunters during hunting season, given presentations on the deleterious effects of hunting at various universities and other groups, published numerous articles on this topic, debated and educated on radio and TV.

 Nunez Sharon12

Sharon Núñez is the co-founder of Animal Equality, which She currently co-directs with Javier Moreno and Jose Valle. Sharon coordinates campaigns across Europe, India and Latin America and has been an Animal Rights activist for over 10 years working for several organizations. On the 22nd of June 2011 Sharon and 11 other Spanish animal rights activists were arrested, their homes searched and investigated in the first attempt by the authorities to attack the growing animal rights movement in Spain.

 Orand Adam12

Adam Orand is the Visual Media and Technology Director at VegFund, a vegan grant giving organization. Prior to settling in the Bay Area to work in behalf of animals, he co-founded a successful web development firm in the Midwest. Taking advantage of his business experience and MBA, he advises multiple start-ups, helping with various strategic and marketing goals.  As a departure from his mostly digital focus, Adam started the compassionate postcard project “Animal Writes.” In addition to volunteering with multiple organizations, he devotes much of his time to rescuing injured animals and assisting with community emergency planning projects.

 Phelps Norm 12

Norm Phelps has been an animal rights activist for nearly thirty years. He is the author of Changing the Game: Why the Battle for Animal Liberation Is So Hard and How We Can Win It (ebook), The Longest Struggle: Animal Advocacy from Pythagoras to PETA, The Great Compassion: Buddhism and Animal Rights, and The Dominion of Love: Animal Rights According to the Bible, all published by Lantern Books. He has contributed articles to The Journal for Critical Animal Studies and chapters to the books Earth, Animal and Disability Liberation, and Call to Compassion. He is a regular contributor to Dharma Voices for Animals, and a frequent speaker at animal rights conferences.

 Potter Will11

Will Potter is an award-winning independent journalist based in Washington, D.C. His reporting and commentary have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, and the Vermont Law Review, and he has testified before Congress about his reporting. His book, Green Is The New Red: An Insider's Account of a Social Movement Under Siege, was awarded a Kirkus Star for "remarkable merit" and named one of the best books of 2011. He blogs at GreenIsTheNewRed.com.

 Prosin Natalie11

Natalie Prosin is the Executive Director of the Nonhuman Rights Project, which is preparing to file the first in a series of lawsuits asking a state high court to recognize the first-ever nonhuman animal plaintiff as a “legal person” with the capacity for legal rights appropriate to her species. Natalie graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University in 2005. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from Brown University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. She has spoken about animal rights and the Nonhuman Rights Project at numerous institutions including Boston College and Northwestern Law School.

 Rice Matt10

Matt Rice serves as Mercy For Animals' Director of Investigations - working closely with undercover investigators to obtain video footage and other evidence of animal abuse at factory farms, hatcheries and slaughterhouses. Matt also works with attorneys, veterinarians and animal welfare experts to review covert footage and draft criminal complaints, and then with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to secure animal cruelty convictions against individuals and facilities that abuse animals.

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Marla Rose is a community builder in Chicago’s flourishing vegan movement. She and her husband created the pioneering vegan web magazine, Vegan Street, and co-founded the Chicago chapter of EarthSave International. Marla coordinates the popular festival Chicago VeganMania, which draws thousands, and co-founded the Chicago Vegan Family Network, which has grown into a group of dozens of families raising vegan children. She is a freelance feature writer who maintains two columns for Examiner.com and the blog Vegan Feminist Agitator. Her work has been featured in VegNews magazine, One Green Planet and the Advocacy for Animals blog for Encyclopedia Britannica. In 2009, Marla and her husband were recognized by Mercy For Animals as Activists of the Year.


Nathan Runkle is the Founder and Executive Director of Mercy For Animals. Since founding MFA a decade ago, Nathan has overseen the organization's growth into a leading national force for the respectful and compassionate treatment of farmed animals. Nathan has appeared in hundreds of interviews including 20/20, Nightline, ABC World News Tonight, CNN, NPR, and The New York Times. Nathan has worked to pass landmark farmed animal protection legislation, raise public awareness about vegetarianism, and implement animal protection policy changes.

 Sethu Harish12

Harish Sethu is the author of Counting Animals, a blog focusing on quantitative information relevant to the animal advocacy movement. Harish received his PhD in computer engineering and subsequently worked for IBM on the line of computers that included Deep Blue, the first machine to beat a world chess champion. He later joined the faculty of a private university in Philadelphia where he teaches and conducts research in the fields of computer networks, web security and data science.

 Shapiro Paul11

Paul Shapiro is an inductee into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame and the vice president of farm animal protection at The Humane Society of the United States. He’s played an integral role in numerous successful legislative and corporate campaigns to promote vegetarian eating and improve the plight of farm animals. He founded Compassion Over Killing in 1995 and served as its campaigns director until January 2005. Shapiro has been interviewed in hundreds of print, broadcast, and online news sources as an authority on farm animal protection and animal advocacy.

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 Ryan Shapiro is a longtime animal rights activist who has organized successful sit-ins, blockades, protests, hunt-sabotages, undercover investigations, and open rescues. Ryan is now also a doctoral candidate at MIT. His research explores the use of the rhetoric and apparatus of national security to marginalize animal protectionists, from the late 19th century to the present. As part of this work, Ryan has nearly 600 Freedom of Information Act requests in motion with the FBI, as well as multiple ongoing lawsuits challenging their failure to comply.  Ryan is a plaintiff in Blum v. Holder, the federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. 

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Brenda Shoss formed Kinship Circle to empower people to write/speak/act influentially on behalf of animals. In response to Hurricane Katrina, Kinship Circle mobilized volunteers/supplies to nearly 80 Gulf Coast sites. Brenda later became Food/Water Assignments Director for Animal Rescue New Orleans and went on to form Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid Network. Her column runs in Healthy Planet and she has written for The Animals Voice, Satya Magazine, VegNews Magazine & other publications.

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Dave Simon is a lawyer and animal advocate.  His forthcoming book, Meatonomics, explores and exposes the rigged economics of the meat and dairy industries.  He works as general counsel for a healthcare company and serves on the board of the APRL Fund, a non-profit dedicated to animal advocacy.  He is also the founder or co-founder of several vegan and animal-rights groups in Southern California, including Verbal Vegans, Orange County Vegan Drinks, and the Greater Orange County Animal Rights Roundtable.  David received his B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of Southern California.


 Sjodin Vic12

Victor Sjodin is a full-time leafleter for Vegan Outreach, where over the last five years he has visited over 400 colleges and universities across North America to promote an ethical vegan diet and lifestyle. Victor's  activism career includes working toward on foie gras bans, protesting against Huntingdon Life Sciences, participating in the direct rescue or adoption of several hundred dogs, cats, laboratory rats, chickens, coordinating state-based ballot initiatives, and joing the Mercy For Animals for a 42-city, 12,000-mile, three-month tour on a specially outfitted video truck showing the documentary Farm to Fridge to the public.

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Lee Slominisky is a hedge fund manager who is using socially responsible investing techniques to advance vegan and humane causes, and to aggressively oppose their adversaries. Lee is working on a fund, Green Hills Partners LP, that will be devoted exclusively to this mission and will also advance these causes in advertising under the terms of the soon to be implemented Federal "J.O.B.S. Act." Lee is also a published poet in his spare-time.


 Stanley Doll12

Doll Stanley is the Director of In Defense of Animals-Hope Animal Sanctuary and is a Director of Investigations. Since the 19080's, Doll has been known for her bold activism and leadership, organizing campaigns and direct action events including rodeos, circuses, anti-fur protests, and hunt sabotages. She entered the arena of disaster relief in the aftermath of the Bay Area firestorm in 1990 and her 1993 mission to shut down two animal dealers in Mississippi led to IDA founding Hope Animal Sanctuary and the rescue of thousands of animals as IDA-HAS shut down puppymills, pet shop suppliers, exotic animal hoarders, dog fighting rings and rescued as many animals from neglect and suffering in backyards, barns, and pastures .  

 Stepanian Andy11

Andy Stepanian is a social justice activist, artist, political rabble-rouser, and co-founder of The Sparrow Project, a grassroots PR outfit that aims to braid popular culture, the arts, and revolutionary activism. In 2002 The Financial Times characterized Andy's activism as "succeeding where Karl Marx, the Baader-Meinhof gang and the Red Brigades failed.” Their actions drew the attention of Wall Street and the FBI, resulting in a landmark free speech case, the SHAC 7 trial, where Andy and five others were convicted as terrorists. Andy spent over six months in a secretive federal prison that NPR named 'Guantanamo North'. Since his release, Andy works for a publisher, consults for social justice groups, and speaks on his experiences.

 Stram Veda11

Veda Stram is currently working with All-Creatures.org. She saw a picture of a lab animal around noon one day in April 1988 and attended a Last Chance for Animals meeting that night and has been an activist ever since. She has volunteered with Last Chance for Animals, Orange County People for Animals and Northwest Animal Rights Network. She was Associate Editor and Administrator for AnimalsVoice.com and The Animals Voice Magazine. Veda has been coordinating the Newcomer Orientations at the Animal Rights National Conferences for several years.

 Strong Sharon11

Sharon Strong is the Program Coordinator for the International Primate Protection League, where she has worked for the last nine years. Having seen first-hand the suffering of our primate cousins while assisting in a research laboratory, she brought to IPPL her long-time passion for primates as well as her experiences as a grant-writer in the nonprofit sector. Her duties at IPPL have ranged from gibbon care to database management to fundraising and communications.

 Sweeney Shawn11

Shawn Sweeney is a certified humane educator and a 2011 graduate of the Institute for Humane Education's master's of education program. Since 2007, he has worked at the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) serving currently as a national director of youth outreach and engagement with Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, JGI's global youth program. Shawn is passionate about animal issues and in methods of engaging youth through humane education to fundamentally change the ways society views animals.

Tuttle Will10

Will Tuttle, author, educator, pianist, and composer, has lectured and performed widely throughout North America and Europe. Author of the acclaimed Amazon #1 best-seller The World Peace Diet, he is a recipient of the Peace Abbey’s Courage of Conscience Award, and is the creator of several wellness training programs. His Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, focused on educating intuition and altruism in adults, and he has taught college courses in creativity, humanities, mythology, religion, and philosophy. A 30-year vegan, as well as a Dharma Master in the Korean Zen tradition and a former Zen monk, he is devoted to cultural healing and awakening, and has created sever CD albums of original piano music. He presents over 150 lectures, retreats, workshops, and concerts annually. 

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Anne Marie Vastano is the Community Outreach Manager at Alley Cat Allies, the nation's only advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Alley Cat Allies has established the first best-practice standards for Trap-Neuter-Return for feral cats in the U.S. and runs spay and neuter clinics throughout the in the Washington, D.C. area. Alley Cat Allies is recognized worldwide for their pioneering work.

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Shawn Shawn Vougeot began musical training on the violin at age ten under the tutelage of several masters. While attending the University of Minnesota Honors Division to obtain a Bachelor's degree in philosophy, Vougeot continued violin studies with the acclaimed University Symphony Orchestra, as conducted by Murry Sidlin. After her graduation with summa cum laude honors, while singing the National anthem and the French-Canadian anthem on the pitchers' mounds for Major League baseball teams such as the New York Yankees, NY Mets, SD Padres, SF Giants, and the MN Twins, Vougeot spent her time writing, arranging, and recording her album debut, 'Streets.'

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Michael A. Webermann is the Executive Director of Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), where he oversees FARM’s Sustained Vegan Advocacy approach to reducing (and eventually eliminating) the number of animals raised and killed for food. He produces literature, advertisements, and videos that expose animal agribusiness, determines how to best bring these messages to key target audiences, and helps develop follow-up resources to make the vegan path fun and easy. Michael also gives presentations to high school and college students, helping them make the connection between companion animals and farmed animals, and he speaks nationally on effective strategies, tactics, and messaging for promoting veganism.

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Odette Wilkens is Executive Director of the Equal Justice Alliance, whose mission is to repeal the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. She is a member of the Committee of Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals of the New York City Bar Association. As a corporate attorney, Odette was Assistant General Counsel for a major international recruiting firm. She holds a masters degree in business administration in Finance from Stern, New York University. She has spoken at bar associations, law schools and legal conferences on the Act's implications for civil liberties.

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Yossi Wolfson is the Coordinator for Animals in Agriculture and part of the legal department for Let the Animals Live, and serves on the board of Ginger – the Vegetarian Community Center in Jerusalem. Yossi hasbeen involved in the Israeli animal liberation movement since the 1980's, first in the Israeli Society for the Abolition of Vivisection, serving as spokesperson, and later as one of the founders of Anonymous for Animal Rights. Yossi has played an integral role in many of the animal liberation campaigns in Israel – especially regarding animals in agriculture and plant based diets.

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Peter Young is a veteran activist, former Animal Liberation Front (ALF) member, author, publisher, and creator of the website Animal Liberation Frontline. He is a former political prisoner sentenced to two years in prison for releasing thousands of mink from fur farms. After 7 years wanted by the FBI and a 24 month federal prison sentence, today Young speaks to activists on using creative and often controversial tactics in in the struggle for animal liberation. He brings a message of urgency, speaking on first-hand accounts of animal rescues, animal liberation, direct action, and more."

Zeman Bruce12 Bruce Zeman, along with his dachshund, "Hobbes", is an award-winning radio show host of The Wake-Up Crew on 92.1 WVTK-FM radio in Middlebury, Vermont - making up the only morning radio-show in the United States with a canine as a full-time radio host.  Hobbes is a survivor of domestic violence and has made history in Vermont as a police K-9 in three cities and as the only canine in state history to be allowed on the floor of the Vermont House of Representatives. Bruce's new children's book, Hobbes Goes Home, due out in August, will be read in every Vermont school. Earlier in his career, Bruce spearheaded the enacting of the "Guardian Campaign" in his hometown of Wanaque, NJ, with the passage of "Nathan's Law." In 2006, he conducted advanced animal rescue in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Zsch Sebastian12 Sebastian Zösch has been vegan for nearly a decade and is the chief officer of the German Vegetarian Association - one of Europe's biggest vegan associations. Sebastian has worked for various organizations, including PETA, Compassion in World Farming, and others. He earned his Master's degree in Nonprofit Management and his thesis at PricewaterhouseCoopers on Strategic Management of Non-Profit-Organizations. He's also helped to open up several vegan restaurants, "invented" the B12-toothpaste, founded "VeggieWorld" fair on plant based nutrition with more than 30,000 visitors per year, received various international marketing awards concerning his activism for veganism, and is a board member of the European Vegetarian Union.