Regional Animal Rights Conference
Only Way to Be is Free."
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for Animals- Heidi
Liberation League- Freeman
Wicklund, Jeff Watkins
Foundation of Florida- Susan
for the Ethical Treatment of Animals- Ken Shapiro
to Abolish Fur Trade- Joel Capolonga
Harbour Animal Rescue and Clinic- Michelle
of Central Florida- Ronnie Hawkins
Animal Protection Institute of America-
Lawrence Carter Long
Greyhound Protection League-
Friends of Whales/ Panther
Action Coalition- Holly Jensen
Animal Welfare Society- Howard Garrett
to Abolish Fur Trade
for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Animal Welfare Society
Freeman Wickland - Animal
Education: University of Minnesota
1992-1996. Graduated on June 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition.
Activist History: Arrested 13
times for participating in civil disobedience on behalf of animals from
1992-1997. Hunger-striked for an entire 14-day jail stay in March
1997. He was jailed for a civil disobedience action against drug
addiction research on primates at the University of Minnesota. The
caged and isolated monkeys are starved to 85% of their body weight so food
rewards can be used to addict them to drugs such as cocaine and PCP.
For nearly a decade, Freeman Wicklund has
tirelessly campaigned for animal rights. Through presentations, personal
integrity, and dramatic demonstrations, he has brought to the masses a
message of compassion and justice. Adopted a vegan lifestyle in 1988.
A vegan (pronounced VEE-gun) lifestyle is one where a person does not consume
or wear animal products, buy products tested on animals, or patronize abusive
animal acts such as circuses, rodeos, or zoos. Has seen first-hand
the violent, dirty, and exploiting conditions on hog, dairy, poultry, fish,
and fur farms and vivisection labs.
Founder and Executive Director of the Animal
Liberation League. Founded the Student Organization
for Animal Rights (SOAR) at the University of Minnesota during the
Summer of 1993.
Credible A.L.F. Spokesperson:
Interviewed dozens of A.L.F. activists - including the A.L.F. Founder,
Ronnie Lee, and A.L.F. Press Officers Robin Webb and Robin Lane.
These interviews were conducted during the summer of 1993, while doing
a 3 month research project in England, Wales, and Scotland on the British
animal liberation movement.
Founder and editor of No Compromise:
The Militant, Direct Action Magazine of Animal Liberationists and their
Served as spokesperson for the A.L.F. on numerous
occasions. Founder of A.L.F. Appreciation Day, a day to celebrate
and show moral support for the courageous and compassionate commandos of
the Animal Liberation Front. Addressed a crowd of thousands of animal
activists on the importance of the A.L.F. in the movement at the March
for Animals in Washington D.C. during June of 1996.
Susan McCullom is an 18 yr. Veteran
of the animal rights movement. She is a proponent of direct action,
and as a result, has been arrested a number of times for her beliefs.
Susan has appeared on national and local media as spokesperson for the
protests and other events that she has organized, originally in Canada
and most recently with the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida(ARFF).
During the past three years, Susan has hosted a weekly animal rights radio
show. As Humane Education Director for ARFF, Susan has introduced
humane-and environmental-resource kits, vegetarian cooking demonstrations
and interactive plays that promote animal awareness to South Florida schools.
Kenneth Joel Shapiro is executive director
and co-founder of Psychologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
His education background includes a BA in intellectual history from Harvard
University and a Ph.d. in clinical and personality psychology from Duke
University. He has published scholarly work in the areas of phenomenological
psychology and animal welfare. He is founding editor of Society and
Animals and co-founding editor of Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.
His most recent book is Animal Models of Human Psychology: Critique of
Science, Ethics, and Policy, published by Hogrefe and Huber.
I began my activism when I was 17 years old
in Syracuse, NY. The first group I worked with was the militant grassroots
group, the Animal Defense League. The ADL was one of the very first
groups during the resurgence of grassroots animal rights activism, in the
early to mid 90’s. Our protests were always met with resistance from
local law enforcement and very often, I ended up in jail for a few days
at a time. Syracuse was always a hotbed of animal rights activity.
Both above and underground action happened with regularity and effectiveness.
As my involvement within the movement grew, I networked with key organizers
all over the country like Cris Vellucci of the National Activist Network,
J.P. Goodwin of the Coalition to Abolish Fur Trade and Freeman Wicklund
of the Animal Liberation League. I’ve traveled the eastern part of
the country, attending conferences and supporting and engaging in civil
disobedience whenever possible, after 3 years of activism in Syracuse.
I just currently moved to Atlanta in September. I am currently organizing
our local CAFT chapter and the Animal Defense League chapter here in Atlanta.
Karen Davis is the founder and president of United Poultry Concerns,
Inc. She has a Ph.d. in English from the University of Maryland,
where she was a teacher for 12 years in the English Department at College
Park. She has published many articles on English literature, college
teaching, healthy eating, and animals. Her articles have appeared
in The Faculty Voice, Journal of English and Germanic Philology, The Animals'
Agenda, The Animals' Voice, Between the Species: A Journal of Ethics, PCRM
Guide to Healthy Eating, and Humane Innovations and Alternatives.
Her op-eds and letters have been published in The New York Times, The Washington
Post, The Christian Science Monitor, "Dear Abby, " The Hartford Courant,
and many other forums. She has a major article, "Thinking Like a
Chicken: Farm Animals and the Feminine Connection," in Animals and Women:
Feminist Theoretical Explorations (Duke University Press 1995). At
the University of Maryland she founded the Animal Rights Coalition in 1989,
and she pioneered a course on the role of animals in the Western philosophic
and literary tradition in the University Honors Program. At the Decade
of the Animals Conference in 1991, sponsored by Farm Animal Reform Movement,
she was named "Outstanding New Leader of the Animal Rights Movement."
In March 1993, Karen Davis was elected to the Summit for the Animals Executive
Committee for 1993-94. In November 1995, she was honored by Delaware
Action for Animals "for her perseverance and commitment to educating the
public to animals' suffering."
In 1990, Karen Davis founded United Poultry Concerns, a non-profit public
education organization that addresses the treatment of domestic fowl in
food production, science, education, entertainment, and human companionship
situations. United Poultry Concerns promotes the compassionate and
respectful treatment of domestic fowl, humane education, and a humane lifestyle
through its quarterly Newsletter Poultry Press and many other publications,
including Replacing School Hatching Projects: Alternative Resources &
How to Order Them. In 1991 and 1993, Karen Davis published a cookbook,
Instead of Chicken, Instead of Turkey: A Poultryless 'Poultry' Potpourri
(revised edition, 1999, The Book Publishing Co.) Karen Davis is the
author of a children's book, A Home for Henny (1996), and Prisoned Chickens,
Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry (The Book
Publishing Company 1996). Prisoned Chickens, which includes a chapter
on chicken embryology and a section on school hatching projects, was recommended
by Publishers Weekly as a "thoroughly researched analysis of the gruesome,
dirty and brutal lives of factory-farmed chickens."
Michelle A. Rivera, Humane Services Coordinator
and Cruelty Investigator, Safe Harbor Animal Rescue & Clinic.
Safe Harbor offers low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and performs routine
and critical veterinary services for all animals regardless of the owner’s
ability to pay. I graduated from the Legal Assistance program
at Palm Beach Community College and worked as a paralegal in various law
firms. I also graduated from the Medical Assisting program at North
Technical Institute and worked as an office nurse. During that time
I was a volunteer with the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida and eventually
went to work for ARFF as a paralegal for their in-house counsel.
My paralegal experience, coupled with my medical background, helped me
to get the job I now have as a Humane Services coordinator with Safe Harbor.
I started out as a kennel supervisor working with veterinarians in exploring
and facilitating rescue options for all animals brought to us. In
that capacity, I do home visits for dog adoptions and take all the lost
& found and cruelty, abuse and neglect cases. I also teach Humane
Education in the schools and pre-schools.
Please note: although I listed my topic
as “cruelty investigations”, my goal is to speak on bridging the gap between
animal rights groups and humane societies and how, working together, we
can strengthen the laws to protect animals and facilitate the prosecution
of animal cruelty cases.
Ronnie Hawkins has had training in biology
and medicine as well as in philosophy. She has been involved in animal
and environmental issues for many years. Her current research is
focused in the areas of environmental philosophy and bioethics. Most
recently, she presented a paper at the international Environmental Justice
conference in Melbourne, Australia, last October, and will be giving talks
on both environmental and bioethical concerns at the World Congress of
Philosophy to be held in Boston in August.
I became aware of the animal liberation movement
in 1987. After graduating from Cornell College (Mt. Vernon, IA) with
a Philosophy and Sociology degree in 1989, I became involved with the Animal
Rights community in Greater Cincinnati. I was on their Board of Directors
for a number of years. In June of 1993, Matt Ball and I held a 3-day
Fast For Farm Animals at Kahn’s Packing Plant in Cincinnati. We then
founded Animal Liberation Action (ALA). Our main focus was to hold
banners that said “Stop Eating Animals” along streets and on highway overpasses.
We also developed a booklet, Why Vegan, documenting the animal cruelty
inherent in a non-vegan lifestyle. We found that Why Vegan was more
effective at converting people than the banner-holding. We changed
the group’s name to Vegan Outreach and then focused on distributing Why
Vegan to as many people as possible, especially college students.
From Fall of 1995 through Spring of 1997, I traveled the country handing
out Why Vegan at colleges and universities. With the help of local
activists at some of the schools, I handed out 66,000 copies of Why Vegan
at over 280 colleges in 46 states. Now I do local Why Vegan distribution
at walkathons and colleges in the Atlanta area while helping Matt run Vegan
Outreach. Vegan Outreach’s focus is to supply local activists with
Why Vegan and encourage them to leaflet at local colleges and walkathons.
200,000 copies of Why Vegan have now been distributed. I am currently
attending Chiropractic College at Life University.
I am the Florida Contact for the Greyhound
Protection League (GPL), a national, non-profit organization dedicated
to protecting greyhounds from the exploitation and abuses inherent in the
greyhound racing industry.
My involvement with greyhounds began nearly
three years ago when my husband and I began volunteering with a greyhound
rescue and adoption group in the Tampa Bay area. I spent the next
two years fostering a total of 15 dogs and promoting greyhound adoptions
to the public and the local media. It was as a result of those experiences
that I became aware of the enormity of the problem of placing the massive
numbers of dogs that pour off of the nation’s dog tracks week after week.
Working so closely with these wonderful dogs, I also had the opportunity
to see first-hand the damage that the dog racing industry does to them,
both physically and psychologically. I eventually came to realize
that the only solution to the problem is the total elimination of the dog
racing industry. It was that realization that led me to the GPL.
During the last year, I have organized a number
of GPL tabling events throughout the Tampa Bay area; participated
in the Great American Teach-In; arranged for GPL ads to appear in
local newspapers; been interviewed for a newspaper article that was a critical
of the dog racing industry; appeared on Florida Voices for Animals
public access television show; had several letters-to-the-editor
published; organized a number of demonstrations and awareness rallies
at Tampa Greyhound Track and Derby Lane; and recruited a number of
wonderful volunteers to help participate in GPL activities.
Howard Garrett has 18 years experience studying
and advocating for orcas and
other cetaceans. He began his field work
in 1980 in association with the
Center for Whale Research (CWR) in Friday
Harbor, Washington, shortly after
receiving his BA degree in Sociology from
Colorado College. At CWR,
originally known as Orca Survey, Garrett
learned about the sophisticated
social systems and complex communications
exhibited by the various orca
communities worldwide. In 1982 Garrett participated
in his first
He then relocated to New England, where he
led whale watch cruises to
experience the humpback whales and other
cetaceans of the Atlantic Ocean. He
co-wrote New England Whales, a popular tourist-oriented
description of the
Gulf of Maine ecosystem and its cetacean
inhabitants. Garrett was back in
Washington in 1993 in time to join in efforts
to rehab and release Keiko,
the orca star of Free Willy. These efforts
led to the present campaign to
return Lolita to her native waters.
At 33 years of age, Lolita is the oldest orca
in captivity today. Lolita was
captured in 1970 from Pacific Northwest waters
at approximately 6 years of
age and transferred to the Miami Seaquarium
where she has spent the past 27
years. In wild orca communities studied to
date, it has been determined that
female orcas can live into their 70's and
beyond. Thus, if returned to her
home waters, Lolita could have many more
years ahead of her than would be
expected if she remains in captivity.
There are 27 members of Lolita's family alive
today who were alive when she
was captured. Of those 27, 11 are females
of the correct age range to be her
Campus Action for Animals, 1998
Last updated 2/20/98