Publishing and Media

Liz Tyson

Dr. Liz Tyson is Born Free USA’s Programs Director. She has helped animals across the globe. She helped to establish the very first locally run sterilization program for street dogs in the Middle East, worked with indigenous communities in the Colombian Amazon to end the hunting of wild primates, ran a UK charity campaigning to end the exploitation of animals in circuses and zoos, and helped design a new rehabilitation complex for rescued monkeys at Ensessa Kotteh, Born Free’s sanctuary in Ethiopia. In 2018, she earned her doctorate in animal welfare law.
In 2020, Liz published Licensing Laws and Animal Welfare: The Legal Protection of Wild Animals with Palgrave MacMillan/Springer Nature. The book outlines the findings of her doctoral research, which is the most comprehensive study of the legal protection of wild animals in English zoos carried out to date.
Liz splits her time between campaigning for wild animal freedom and overseeing the running of the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in south Texas. She lives in San Marcos, TX, with her daughter, Anna Patricia, and her two rescued dogs: Maya and Stanley Millett.

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Jeff Thomas

Jeff Thomas has longtime professional experience in the farm animal movement and political campaigns. He is also the author of two classic books on modern Virginia politics. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Public Policy in his hometown of Richmond. Mr. Thomas received his master’s degree from the Tulane University School of Public Health and his undergraduate degree from the Duke University School of Engineering. In his free time, he enjoys filing Freedom of Information Act requests and petting sweet little pups. He welcomes all communications with readers at jeffthomasrva@gmail.com.

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Carey M. Theil 

Carey M. Theil, along with Christine A. Dorchak, is a cofounder of GREY2K USA Worldwide. Carey has decades of legislative experience and has been quoted in hundreds of news articles about greyhound racing published across the globe. In his free time, Carey volunteers for various nonprofit organizations and is a National Master in chess.

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Will Tuttle

Dr. Will Tuttle’s writings, presentations, and  music focus on compassion, creativity, intuition, and the intersection of social justice, animal liberation, and environmental, health, spiritual, and peace issues. A visionary speaker, educator, author, and musician, he’s a former Zen monk with a Ph.D. from U.C., Berkeley, and a vegan since 1980. He is the editor of Circles of Compassion and Buddhism and Veganism, author of Your Inner Islands, and other books, and recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award and the Empty Cages Prize. He has appeared in many radio, television, print, and online interviews, as well as documentary films, including Cowspiracy; Prayer for Compassion; HOPE: What You Eat Matters; Vegan: Everyday Stories; and Animals and the Buddha. His website is worldpeacediet.com.

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Agnes Trzak

Agnes Trzak is an educator, activist, and scholar, specializing in anti-speciesist theory and the deconstruction of the (Hu)man, a term originating from her doctoral thesis. She is also the founder of the Anti-Speciesist Collective, a grassroots group run for and by non-binary people and women to facilitate accessibility to knowledge and, through this, empower those on the margin to take action for humans and animals. She works as an integration pedagogue with primary school children and is currently located in Berlin.

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Nik Taylor

Dr. Nik Taylor is an internationally recognized critical and public sociologist who has published over 70 articles, books and book chapters. Her research focusses on mechanisms of power and marginalization expressed in/through human relations with other species and is informed by critical/ intersectional feminism. Nik currently teaches topics in the Human Services and Social Work program at the University of Canterbury, Aotearoa New Zealand, that focus on human–animal violence links; scholar-advocacy; social change, and crime and deviance, particularly domestic violence and animal abuse. 

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Leslie Talley

Leslie Talley is an author and illustrator who lives in Eden, North Carolina.

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Ellen Tadd

Ellen Tadd has taught, lectured, and counseled on actualizing spiritual potential in everyday life for more than thirty years. Shortly after completing her freshman year of college, she had the remarkable experience of being able to contact her deceased mother. That event healed her childhood trauma of denying her clairvoyant and clairaudient gifts and transformed her worldview. She soon began to have contact with guides from spiritual realms and discovered that she could serve as an intermediary between the material and spiritual worlds. Ellen has two grown children and lives in Massachusetts with her companion. Her website is: ellentadd.com

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