We are honored to present the 10 winners of the 2016 Lisa Shapiro Awards for Unsung Vegan Heroes.

Congratulations to these activists who are working every day behind the scenes to create a
more compassionate and environmentally sustainable world for us all!

Aneeha Patwardhan, Unsung Vegan Hero, 2016


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.

Eileen Weintraub, Unsung Vegan Hero, 2016


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.

Julia Orr, Unsung Vegan Hero, 2016


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.

Marc Ching, Unsung Vegan Hero, 2016


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.

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