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Michel Vandenbosch 

Michel Vandenbosch is Belgium’s best-known animal activist and founded GAIA in 1992. Under his leadership as policy and campaigns director, GAIA has become Belgium’s most influential animal welfare and rights organization with more than eighty thousand members. It has largely contributed to obtaining unprecedented legislative measures and court rulings that have made a difference for large numbers of  animals in various domains of animal exploitation. GAIA is a long-time member of Eurogroup for Animals, the Brussels-based umbrella body of eighty leading animal welfare societies in Europe. 

Michel’s campaigning has included animal suffering in slaughterhouses, horse races, cattle markets, force-feeding for foie gras production, factory farming, animal testing, and the fur trade. He is a founding board member of the World Federation for Animals (WFA), a global membership organization representing the animal protection movement at intergovernmental level. Michel is also a member of the Animal Welfare Advisory Council to the Animal Welfare Minister in Flanders, Wallonia, and Brussels. 

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Jimmy Videle

Jimmy Videle is a farmer, activist, consultant, and researcher. He has been a consultant, researcher, and volunteer with A.U.M. Films (producers of Cowspiracy and What the Health), Humane Party, USA and the Animal Protection Party, Canada. He lives with his wife, Melanie Bernier and five rescue cats on the small-scale veganic market farm, La Ferme de l’Aube in Boileau, Québec. He has been growing his own food and homesteading for over twenty-five years and became a professional full-time organic farmer in 2005. From 2010-2014 he worked and consulted on eleven vegan, organic and permaculture farms throughout Hawaii, Mexico, Central America, South America, and Québec before settling at his current home in 2014.

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