Publishing and Media

Emily N. B.

Emily N. B. is a Latina illustrator and graphic designer based in California. She has worked with organizations such as Vegan F.T.A and Animal Rebellion. She works on spreading kindness and compassion for animals with her illustrations on Instagram, (@soy._.emily). She is new to her profession, but she has been a passionate artist and animal rights advocate since she was a child.

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Devin Staurbringer

Devin Staurbringer is a writer and activist. He is passionate about helping animals, people, and the planet. He has been vegan for over 10 years, loves writing, photography, and nature. As well as writing, Devin is also currently posting educational and humorous vegan related videos on his Instagram. He hopes to travel the world while writing and working in activism, bringing compassion wherever he goes.

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Coyote Jacobs

Coyote Jacobs was born as a large insect under a rock but through a series of increasingly unfortunate events now has to live life as a human man. He forgets when he became an artist but it’s the main thing he does. His work draws primarily from his experiences with non-human animals, specifically those rescued from slaughterhouses and other places of exploitation. Within his work, he hopes to create uneasiness with the assumed entitlement over animal lives. He fosters bunny rabbits and is friends with many chickens.

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Hope Bohanec

Hope Bohanec has been active in animal protection and environmental activism for thirty years and has published the book The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat? She is the Executive Director of Compassionate Living and the host of the Hope for the Animals Podcast. Hope co-founded the Humane Hoax Project, the Ahimsa Living Project, and has organized numerous online and in-person events including the Humane Hoax Online Conference, the Humane Hoax Chicken Webinar, and the Sonoma County VegFest. Over the last three decades, Hope has worked for the national non-profits United Poultry Concerns and In Defense of Animals and has contributed chapters to two anthologies.

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James Ryan

James Ryan is an addict in recovery. He is an assistant professor of writing at the University of Alaska Southeast. James holds a PhD in Composition and Rhetoric, a master’s in Theology, and a bachelor’s in Creative Writing. This book is the result of his experiences in recovery, as well as his dissertation research into the writing experiences of addicts in Twelve-Step recovery programs.

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The Raven Corps

The Raven Corps is a youth-centered movement of activists devoted to building a just and sustainable future for all animals and our natural world. We take action through a consistent anti-oppression lens and trust that we can achieve liberation for ALL if we join forces and strike at the roots of oppression. Learn more at www.theravencorps.org.

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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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Anita Krajnc

Anita Krajnc is the co-founder of Toronto Pig Save and the Animal Save Movement, a worldwide network of Save groups bearing witness to farmed animals and promoting veganism and love-based, grassroots activism. Anita received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto and is a staunch follower of Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi. Anita has also been an assistant professor at Queen’s University (Ontario) and resides in the Toronto, Canada area. 

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Richard Hoyle

Richard Hoyle received his BA/MA from the Citadel and The Naval Postgraduate School in management and education. After serving our country as a Marine, Rich became a career firefighter (promoted to captain and chief), and a paramedic. He founded the Pig Preserve in 2006 with his wife Laura, and has provided loving care, community, and sanctuary to thousands of pigs consistent with their natural environment. 

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Al-Hafiz B.A. Masri

Al-Hafiz Basheer Ahmed Masri was, by all accounts, a bold, pioneering, and revolutionary Muslim personality. It would not be a stretch to say that Masri’s fascinating life spanned the history of Islam in the 20th Century and in fact played an influential role in impacting its presentation and understanding; his influence, rather than diminishing, has now been extended into the 21st century in a crucially important area—environment, ecology, and animal welfare, in relation to Islam.

Masri’s father, Abdul-Rehman Misri, had converted to Islam from Hinduism at the age of 18, and became a scholar in Islam. He trained the young Basheer to memorize the Quran, which he did by the age of 13, earning him the honorific title “Al-Hafiz.” Subsequently, Masri gained a bachelor’s degree from Government College, Lahore, specializing in Arabic. He emigrated to Africa in the mid- 20th Century where he assumed posts (Principal) at the Aga Khan Schools in the then Tanganyika. In Africa, he befriended and advised future leaders of East Africa, including Julius Nyerere (later to become President of Tanzania), Tom Mboya (who became a Minister in the Kenyan Government) and most significantly, Milton Obote (later to become the first President of Uganda). Masri, in fact, played a role in assisting the independence movements to oppose British colonialism, no doubt a transference of his anti-colonialist stance acquired in India’s independence movement before partition.

Leaving politics due to dissatisfaction with Obote, who he felt was too self-serving, rather than working for the advancement of people (native Africans), as originally intended, Masri’s migration to the United Kingdom in the early 1960s led him to become the first Sunni Imam of Shah Jehan mosque in Woking, and Editor of the Islamic Review. He also studied journalism in England, obtaining a diploma in the field. Shah Jehan Mosque was the then central Islamic institution in Europe. As Imam at this major institution, he had the opportunity of meeting many Islamic dignitaries and impactful individuals. For example, he met Malcolm X, who attended one of his lectures at the London School of Economics. In 1968, Masri toured Europe, North Africa, Middle East, and the Indian Subcontinent by car/caravan with his wife (Salima), leaving England for two years. He spent a solid year studying at Al-Azhar University in Egypt, furthering his knowledge of Islam and Arabic.

After his retirement from Shah Jehan Mosque in 1968, Masri was approached by Compassion in World Farming in the mid-1980s, to write about Islam and Animal Welfare, which he had gained knowledge of, over the years in Africa, which at the time was teeming with wildlife (having participated in an Animal Welfare organization) and through his acute and practical mind, he was the first Muslim to write/present on Animal Experimentation and Islam for the International Association Against Painful Experiments on Animals (IAAPEA), on the world stage. This led to the books, Islamic Concern for Animals (in both English and Arabic), Animal in Islam and the keynote Chapter in the introductory Ecology Series on World Religions and Ecology, published by Cassels (just before his death in 1992) edited by Fazlun Khalid and the moving video “Creatures of God.” His closest grandson, Nadeem Haque, (son of Masri’s daughter Tahera) continued research in Islam, Animals and the Environment/Ecology and was the main driving force behind the publication of the book: Ecolibrium: Sacred Balance in Islam (Authors: Nadeem Haque, Al-Hafiz B.A. Masri, Mehran Banaei, with a Foreword by Michael W. Fox, Beacon Books, Manchester, 2021). Nadeem’s scholarly interests and activities finally culminated in the long-awaited re-publication of the original version of Animals in Islam in 2022, with an extra chapter on reflections by experts in the field, who were influenced to various degrees, by Masri.

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