I love Aneeha's endless passion and urgency for animal rights, and for sharing the beauty of veganism with others. She began her work after she came across a Vegan Outreach Facebook post that showed a young man who had gone vegan after getting a booklet. In typical fashion, she immediately ordered booklets of her own, which she and a friend then handed out during a march for animals in Pune, India. She has since helped organize leafleting and video outreach to the public nearly every weekend with local activists.
I met Eileen Weintraub at the Animal Rights Conference in 2015 while she was working at the Help Animals India (HAI) table. Although I’d followed her group for a few years on social media and knew a little about its work, when I met her in person and looked at the map she had displayed of India, I was immediately impressed by the number of animals in different locations her group was helping.
If you look up the term “power couple” in the dictionary, you might find a picture of Joshua Sias and Dr. Frances Cheng—although the pair would probably humbly demur and insist that the honor should go to someone else. For years, Frances and Josh have not hesitated to roll up their sleeves or don a costume to make a difference for animals.
What makes Jessica an epic unsung hero is the quietly passionate way that she goes about her life of doing things great and small for animals and veganism without expecting any recognition, money or accolades.
I heard about Julia's work for animals sometime before meeting her at a direct action event. As I got to know her better, I came to love her organizing style. Julia takes her activism seriously and she always invite the media to animal advocacy events. This means that a small demonstration can reach a much wider audience, and many do get local coverage. I also admire Julia for her strong intersectional perspective. She works with several disadvantaged groups, including females, Native Americans, and the homeless.
Linda adopts rescued animals and fosters chickens and baby pigs for the Triangle Chance for All Microsanctuary - all while helping people to embrace a vegan lifestyle by leafletting, sharing short videos on college campuses, and writing little positive messages where ever she goes for the Vegan Chalk and Sticky Note Challenges.
I first met Lorelei when she got stuck in a corner with me at a company I worked for over 5 years ago. The only knowledge I had about her was that she was an amazing writer, a successful musician, and that I wanted to borrow all of her clothes. Little did I know she would soon become one of my closest friends, and one of the most inspirational people I know.
As founder of Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation, Marc’s initial work focused on rescuing and rehabilitating domestic dog abuse cases. He rescued the worst of the worst – dogs missing eyes, dogs missing limbs – and in many cases matched them up with human victims of abuse. But when Marc heard about Yulin, the dog meat festival in China, he had to go and see for himself if this was indeed real. This first trip changed both Marc and the purpose of his foundation.
I knew Patti before I knew Patti. I would see her name listed in the acknowledgments of books by vegan authors. It’s funny because I remember thinking to myself that she must be someone important who has a lot to offer. And when I met her – I understood.
Randy is a vegan veterinarian with his own clinic, where he has not only helped countless animal patients but has also educated their guardians about the suffering of so many other animals used in food production, entertainment, trophy hunting, clothing and for vivisection.