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Organizations and Activists: National Groups, Leaders & Celebrities

This page will introduce you to the large, national groups that work on animal protection issues, as well as notable leaders in the animal rights movement, celebrity activists and legislators. Groups include PeTA, Farm Animal Rights Movement, The Humane Society of the United States, and Farm Sanctuary. Celebrities include Paul McCartney, Chrissy Hynde, Kim Basinger, and Alicia Silverstone.

Interview with Karen Davis, Founder of United Poultry Concerns
Karen Davis, Founder of United Poultry Concerns, discusses her early days in the animal rights movement, humane farming, the Canadian seal slaughter, the Silver Spring Monkeys, Ingrid Newkirk, Henry Spira, and Frank Perdue.

Interview with Gene Baur, President and Co-Founder of Farm Sanctuary
In an exclusive interview, Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary discusses becoming vegan, rescuing animals at the Lancaster Stockyards, and one of the most important choices we make every day.

Interview with Sea Shepherd Founder Captain Paul Watson
Interview with Captain Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, about Greenpeace, pigs, fish, meat-eating environmentalists and the TV series Whale Wars.

Interview with Nathan Runkle, Executive Director of Mercy for Animals
In this interview, Nathan Runkle, Executive Director of Mercy for Animals, discusses current campaigns, how he decided to found the organization, and the group's undercover investigation of Gemperle Enterprises, an egg factory farm in California.

Photos of the Steve Irwin, the Flagship of Sea Shepherd Conse…
Photos taken aboard the Steve Irwin, the flagship of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, during their visit to New York City in April, 2010.

Interview with Lorri Bauston, Founder of Animal Acres
Interview with Lorri Bauston, founder of Animal Acres and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary

Interview with Paul Shapiro, of The Humane Society of the United States
Interview with Paul Shapiro, Senior Director of The Humane Society of the US's Factory Farming Campaign

Interview with Jan Creamer - Chief Executive of Animal Defenders International
Jan Creamer, Chief Executive of Animal Defenders International, talks about how elephants are abused when used in circuses and films, rescuing lions from Bolivia's circuses, and what's next for ADI.

Interview with Stu Chaifetz, SHARK
What is a pigeon shoot? Why should pigeon shoots be illegal? What can I do to support a ban on pigeon shoots? What was the Hegins, Pennsylvania pigeon shoot?

Interview with Dave Warwark
Interview with Dave Warwak, vegan folk hero. Warwak discusses being fired from his job as a public school teacher for teaching his students about veganism.

Interview with Carole Davis, West Coast Director of CAPS
Interview with Carole Davis regarding puppy mills, the West Hollywood ordinance banning the sale of cats and dogs in pet stores, and advice for fellow animal rights activists.

Profile of U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich
Animal Rights profile of vegan Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D, OH).

U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich's Animal Rights Speech
Complete word-for-word transcript of U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich's Speech at Animal Rights National Conference

Interview with U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer
Interview with U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer, 2007 Humane Legislator of the Year

Interview with U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall
Exclusive interview with U.S. Representative Nick Rahall of West Virginia, Humane Legislator of the Year, 2009.

Animal Rights Profile of Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney is a long-time vegetarian and animal rights supporter.

Animal Rights Profile of Bob Barker
Bob Barker, the former host of The Price is Right, is a long-time animal rights supporter. Barker has made numerous million-dollar donations for animal rights, spoken out against fur, and promoted spaying and neutering of cats and dogs.

Was Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell's Wedding Vegetarian or Vegan?
Longtime vegetarian Paul McCartney wed American businesswoman Nancy Shevell on October 9, 2011, and vegetarians and vegans want to know: Was the wedding vegetarian? Vegan?

Tent City's Chicken Sanctuary
Interview with Michael and Marilyn Berenzweig, who run a chicken sanctuary in Lakewood, NJ's Tent City, a community of 80 homeless people living in the woods.

Heather Mills Donates $50,000 to Animal Rights
Heather Mills donates $50,000 animal rights, at Animal Rights National Conference

Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) Profile
Profile, background and history of Farm Animal Rights Movement

Interview with NY State Senator Tony Avella
NY State Senator Tony Avella at his public forum on animal protection issues

Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) Profile
Profile, background and history of Animal Legal Defense Fund.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Profile
Profile, history and background of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
Profile, background and history of The Humane Society of the United States

Interview with Michael Weber of Farm Animal Rights Movement
Interview with Michael Weber of Farm Animal Rights Movement

Interview with Jenny Brown, Co-founder of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary
Jenny Brown, Co-founder and Executive Director of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, talks about why she went vegan, how they have an eight year old turkey, and what to do if you want to open your own sanctuary for farmed animals.

Twelve Year Old Kevin V. Storm Hosts a Weekly Vegan Radio Show
Interview with Kevin V Storm - 12 year old Vegan Radio Host

Friends of Animals
Based in Connecticut, Friends of Animals is a national multi-issue animal rights organization.

In Defense of Animals
Based in California, In Defense of Animals is a large, national organization that works on a variety of animal rights issues.

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