From the age of 10, I have been active on behalf of animals in every way possible — from their hands-on rescue to their plight on the world stage, in legislation, education, as a student and a teacher, through my writing and my graphic design, on foot and behind the scenes — and I’m just getting warmed up. Despite the ongoing and sometimes demoralizing task at hand, I still expect to change the world.
Animal Rights Activist at Large…
I began my activism for animals in La Paz, Bolivia, at the age of 10, determined to defend the hapless street dogs by hiding them from shooters, and by ‘relocating’ other animals to prevent their slaughter. As an early teen, I was actively involved in petitioning the Canadian government to end the annual baby seal slaughter. And by high school, I had already acquired a chapter of The Fund for Animals and used it to educate my community about the plight of animals worldwide.
In college, now a vegetarian, I wanted to be a teacher of animal rights, but the California State University pretty much laughed me off its campus (the laugh is on them now, of course, because animal rights is taught in many of the major colleges and universities in the country).
But I decided to teach in another way. Using my talent and experience of combining pictures with the right words, I created fliers and newspaper ads, as well as newsletters, posters, and bumper stickers, etc., which eventually led to my creation of a magazine still in print today. I’ve also since transferred my graphics skill to the Internet.
From an undercover agent for the New Jersey SPCA, to a lobbyist for animal protective legislation in every state I’ve ever lived in, to hands-on rescue of wild horses, to magazine and web site publishing, to serving on the board or advisory boards of various organizations, including my current positions with Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary and the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations (as an International Ambassador), I’ve been an activist for animals for 40-plus years. I’ll spend the rest of my life doing what I’ve always done: make the voice of animals heard as well as one person possibly can.
Beyond The Animals Voice
I am active in more than just The Animals Voice. Using my graphic design and videomaking skills, I produce web sites for others, as well as books, videos, newsletters, fliers, etc. Here are some of the individuals and organizations I’ve created web sites and/or other product for: