Animal rights activism is spreading worldwide as more people learn about the torture and exploitation that animals experience. Some opt for a more conservative approach known as animal welfare, which sides with animal exploitation provided it’s done humanely.
However, there is nothing humane about animal exploitation and killing animals for pleasure or sustenance. Animal activists believes that animals should be afforded rights, just like human beings. Animals need rights that ensure they can live a life free of human abuse and exploitation. All this is possible, thanks to the millions who’ve joined the fight.
James Aspey transformed from a meat lover to an animal rights activist after being diagnosed with cancer. He also learned about the cruelty that animals undergo to deliver the meat, dairy, eggs, you consume.
In 2014, he went on a vow of silence that spanned 365 days to promote peace over animal cruelty. He broke his vow of silence on an interview that has garnered over 7 million views.
Aspey has given over 150 speeches, received numerous awards, attended activism events, and tattooed for charity.
Maneka Sanjay Gandhi
Maneka Gandhi is the current member of parliament of Lok Sabha. She is also an animal rights activist and the current chairperson of People for Animals, which she founded in 1992.
Gandhi has received numerous animal welfare awards and published books on animal activism. She also prides herself in being an environmentalist who has shone a light on issues concerning animal rights. In 1995, she was appointed the chairperson of the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals.
Jane-Velez-Mitchell is a legendary journalist, author, animal advocate, environmentalist, and vegan. She is also the founder of Jane Unchained- a digital news network that promotes vegan cooking, animal rights, cruelty-free lifestyle, food justice, worker’s rights, etc.
Jane works with contributors from all over the world to highlight animal abuse and expose the public to animal activism. She has won numerous awards, such as the Compassionate Leadership Award in 2014, the Nanci Alexander Award at P.E.T.A.’s 35th in 2015, four Genesis Awards, among others.
Peter Singer is an Australian professor of bioethics, the co-founder of Animal Australia, and the founder of The Life You Can Save. He’s also regarded as the “World’s most influential living philosopher.”
Peter also wrote a book on Animal Liberation, which was first published in 1975 and has been credited with triggering the modern animal rights movement. Peter is credited as one of the founders of the modern animal rights movement. He is also a vegan and has gone for close to five decades without consuming meat. In addition to animal rights activism, Singer also devotes his time towards other political causes such as environmentalism, reproductive rights, and poverty relief.
Hannah Shaw is a New York best selling author, an animal activist, and a kitten rescuer. Every kitten season, young kittens, are abandoned on the streets. If they make it to shelters, they have a slim chance of survival as most programs aren’t equipped to handle such young kittens.
Shaw founded Orphan Kitten Club with a mission to significantly reduce neonatal kitten deaths and ensure that kittens live a long healthy life. You, too, can help make a difference by donating or applying for adoption.
This would be a familiar name, especially if you watched the Netflix docuseries. Tiger King, which was released on March 20, 2020. Carole is an animal rights activist specializing in big cats; she is also the founder and C.E.O. of Tampa-based non-profit animal sanctuary- Big Cat Rescue.
The animal sanctuary has been featured on CNN, People Magazine, Animal Planet, Discovery, and other media outlets. It has received international recognition for its mission to end the trade and ownership of exotic cats.
Sangduen Lek Chailert
Sangduen Lek Chailert is a Thai person who has devoted her life to animal conservation. For over two decades, Chailert has rescued more than 200 elephants in Thailand and other Asian countries.
She is the founder of Elephant Nature Park, which is located in Chiang Mai Province. She also founded the Save Elephant Foundation, a non-profit organization that incorporates a multifaceted approach to provide sanctuary for captive elephants.
When she’s not busy raising local and international awareness, you can find her at the Elephant Nature Park.
Joey Carbstrong is an Australian animal rights and vegan activist who is relentless in his pursuit of harmony between humans and animals.
In 2018, Carbstrong went on a ‘Vegan Prophecy U.K. tour’ to promote veganism and protest animal rights violations. He also appeared on numerous debates on top television networks such as Good Morning Britain.
He continues to promote the vegan lifestyle by stating that you can’t kill an animal humanely.
John Oberg is a social media professional who also dedicates his time as an animal rights advocate and vegan activist. Oberg quit his job in 2018 to focus on social media activism. It has since paid off as he hit 200 million impressions on his social media pages in 2019.
John Oberg has served as a director for animal rights and vegan organizations such as The Human League and Vegan Outreach. He continues to promote a vegan lifestyle and animal protection through his Patreon community.
Carley Stenson is a British actress and an animal rights activist. In 2015, she went on an anti-fur protest outside Birmingham’s poshest department store. She was protesting the use of animal fur in clothes such as fur coats and suggesting that designers use alternatives such as fake fur.
Carley’s goal is to have a farm/sanctuary for rescued animals. She also advocates for the abolition of animal experiments as there are other alternatives, such as human-based microdosing, human-patient simulators, etc.
Logan Ryan is a talented N.F.L. cornerback who has played for teams such as the New England Patriots, and the Titans. He is also passionate about animal welfare, and together with his wife Ashley Ryan, they established the Ryan Animal Rescue Foundation in 2017.
Ryan leverages his influence and social media following to find homes for dogs and support partnering animal welfare organizations. Together with his wife, they’ve hosted events such as The ChowDown, which raised $160,000 against a target of $100,000.
Daniel McKernan worked for a tech firm but quit to establish a sanctuary for animals in Michigan. Daniel decided to convert their family farm to an animal sanctuary. It’s known as Barn Sanctuary and caters for farm animals that have been abandoned.
Within a week of establishing the sanctuary, Dan built a website and applied for non-profit status a week later. He went on to raise over $3,000 via crowdfunding and recently became an Animal Control Officer for a local police department.
Matthew Dominguez is a vegan animal rights activist. He previously served as the Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for the Nonhuman Rights Project. It’s the only organization in the U.S. that seeks to obtain legal rights for animals.
Currently, Matthew is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Barn Sanctuary. This sanctuary is dedicated to farm animals and seeks to provide a haven for such animals. He also serves as a political advisor for Voters for Animal Rights.
Danielle Eskinazi has over two decades of experience casting films and television. She has also cast commercials and is known to have an eye for interesting and talented actors. She is also a mom and has two dogs.
When she’s not casting or directing, she shares her knowledge with others in teaching workshops, panels, etc. She is also a fierce animal advocate and loves animals.
Bob Burg is the co-author of The Go-Giver, which has sold more than 950,000 copies. Bob has authored other books, and cumulatively he has sold close to 2 million copies.
He has received numerous accolades and appeared on the list of 30 Most Influential Leaders by The American Management Association. He is also a free-market advocate and animal lover. He was on the board of directors of Furry Friends Adoption Clinic & Ranch- a no-kill rescue located in his hometown Jupiter, Florida.
Whitney Mixter starred in Showtimes “The Real L Word,” Vh1’s “Couples Therapy,” and Comedy Central’s “Workaholics”. She is also an animal activist who supports adoption over breeders.
Whitney has adopted several dogs from rescue centers and continues to promote adoption. When she’s free, she visits shelters and gets to interact with the animals in these shelters. It’s a disheartening site and wishes that more people would opt for adoption over breeders.
Richard (Ric) O’Barry
Ric O’Barry is the founder and director of the Dolphin Project. He initially worked at Miami Seaquarium as a dolphin trainer but later realized that capturing dolphins and training them for human amusement was wrong.
Ric O’Barry is fighting to end the hunt for dolphins in countries where it’s allowed. His work has earned him awards such as the Environmental Achievement Award in 1991, and the A.S.P.C.A. Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.
Rudy Sarzo is a legendary bassist who has played with Ozzy Osbourne, M.A.R.S., Dio, Quiet Riot, Manic Eden, and many others.
Rudy spends his time with rescue dogs trying to find homes for these furry animals. He uses his social media to help animals by advocating for the elimination of kill shelters. He loves all breeds of dogs, but his favorite are Yorkies.
Kenny Torrella is the V.P. of Public Engagement at Mercy For Animals. He also is an animal advocate, vegan, and writer. His work has been published in top publications such as NPR, Ajazeer, Teen Vogue, and many more.
His work with Mercy For Animals has resulted in mainstream news coverage, corporate animal welfare policy reforms and influenced consumers to switch to a vegan lifestyle.
Sarah McLean is the founder of the McLean Meditation Institute, an environment, and animal rights activist. She has taught and inspired people to meditate since 1993. She has also been featured in award-winning movies.
Sarah has published several books which include Soul-Centered: Transform Your Life in 8 Weeks with Meditation and The Power of Attention: Awaken to Love and Its Unlimited Potential with Meditation. She also uses her social media pages to promote animal rights awareness and her love for nature.
Seth Casteel is a New York Times Best Selling Author with several books to his name. He has authored Underwater Dogs, Underwater Puppies, and many others. He’s also an award-winning photographer best known for his photos of dogs diving into swimming pools. These were shared all and reached an audience of 100 million people in a single day.
He was also the host of FINDING FIDO (2017-2018) on Z living. The show focused on matching prospective pet owners to dogs.
Michelle Desilets is the founder and executive director of Orangutan Land Trust. The organization focuses on providing a healthy ecosystem that ensures that orangutans in the wild thrive. They’re accomplishing this feat by lobbying for the Indonesian government to provide secure forest areas for the orangutan populations.
The biggest threat to orangutan populations is the conversion of forests to palm oil plantations. Her organization promotes sustainable palm oil through the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.
Michelle is a true animal advocate, and she’s giving everything to save orangutans.
Dr. Laurie Marker
In 1990, Dr. Laurie Marker founded the Cheetah Conservation Fund (C.C.F.) in a bid to save the declining cheetah population in Africa. She chose Namibia as her base due to the conflict between cheetahs and farmers in the country.
When she founded her organization, there was little to no information on cheetahs. She had to do most of the research on cheetah health, genetics, reproduction, mortality, etc. Her efforts to save the declining cheetah population have won her numerous awards and honors.
Ivy Ferguson began her professional modeling career and has been published in international magazines over 15 times.
Aside from her modeling career, Ivy is also passionate about animals and the environment. She is an animal rights activist and proud vegetarian. She also supports P.E.T.A. and hopes to become a spokesperson for the organization.
Ivy also hikes and loves to spend time near the desert in Southern Utah, where she currently lives.
Nadeea Volianova is a pop singer, actress, writer, filmmaker, vegan health guru, and animal rights, activist. She is active on her social media pages and often shares her love for animals with her followers.
Nadeea also protests animal injustices such as the killing of a Zimbabwean lion known as Cecil. This lion was big and powerful but loved humans. Unfortunately, in 2015, a dentist from Minnesota paid $54,000 to hunt the magnificent beast. Nadeea protested this and other injustices in her 2015 animal rights campaign.
Charlotte Lambert is an internationally renowned model featured on one of the world’s most recognizable magazines. She has had a glamorous modeling career but still finds time for animals.
Lambert is an animal lover and activist. She hopes to one day own a sanctuary for animals; in the meantime, she is educating the masses about animal rights, injustices, etc. She is also vegan and enjoys meditation as it helps her body and mind settle into a peaceful state.
Katie Louise Powell
Katie Louise Powell is a British artist who began drawing at a young age. She is a magnificent visual artist and has gained fame for her feminism, environmental conservation, and animal rights art.
She uses her talent to create provocative and educational art on animal rights. Her art is deliberately provocative to help fuel conversations about how human beings treat animals. She is also a vegan activist, hunter saboteur, and snail mom.
Jill Robinson founded Animals Asia in 1998 after learning about bear farming for bile in southern China. She founded the organization to promote compassion and end the barbaric farming of animals such as Asiatic bears in China and Vietnam.
In 2000, her organization became the first to set up a bear sanctuary in China courtesy of an agreement signed between her NGO and the Chinese government. So far, she has rescued more than 600 bears and continues to lobby against the bile farming in China and Vietnam.
Nicholas Taylor is a partner and head of the Media department at Healys. He has worked with celebrities and other high profile clients from around the world. His area of expertise is dispute resolution, professional negligence, fraudulent misrepresentation of claims, etc.
He’s respected in his field for his no-nonsense approach that gets the job done. Nicholas is also an animal advocate and promotes adoption, even on his social media pages. He’s also the ambassador for Starr Trust Children’s Charity.
Tippi Hedren fell in love with animals when working with big cats on several films in 1969 and 1970. After the production of the film Roar wrapped up, Herden converted the set of the film into a sanctuary for exotic animals.
The sanctuary, which is known as Shambala Preserve, was established in 1983. At one time, the sanctuary was home to 60 big cats, but there are now about 14. She has devoted her life to animals and has served as a board member in numerous animal conservation organizations.
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