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Verena Brunschweiger

Verena Brunschweiger is an author, passionate childfree activist, and feminist. She was born in Passau, Germany, in 1980. She studied German, English, and Philosophy at Regensburg University, receiving her PhD in 2007 and teaches at a Bavarian grammar school. She is a most passionate member of Theater Regensburg’s extra choir, performing in several operas by Verdi, Wagner, and Bizet. She still accompanies her favorite professional basso on the piano. Reading books in any of the five languages she speaks is another great passion of hers.

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Camila Perussello

Camila Perussello, Ph.D., is an extensively published Food Engineer with many years of postdoctoral experience. Her involvement with the animal liberation movement started decades ago when she first became vegetarian and later went vegan for ethical reasons. Dr. Perussello has worked as a food scientist in different parts of the globe, gathering evidence on animal food production’s ethical and sustainability issues. She is the recipient of research grants by Brazilian and European governments as well as funding for vegan outreach from California-based The Pollination Project. On the verge of such pressing matters as animal rights, the climate and ecological crises, animal-origin pandemics, diet-related illnesses, and food insecurity, Dr. Perussello defends a shift towards plant-based living. She also collaborates with non-profit organisations to help food industries transition away from animal use. Dr. Perussello recently quit her job as a scientist in a renowned Irish university (linked to animal agriculture funding) to do independent research and animal rights activism. Her YouTube channel is Gaia Vida Consciente.

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Simon Springer

Simon Springer is Professor of Human Geography, Head of Discipline for Geography and Environmental Studies, and Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His research agenda explores the social and political exclusions of neoliberalism, where he emphasizes the geographies of violence and power. He cultivates a cutting-edge theoretical approach to his scholarship through a radical revival of anarchist philosophy.

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Z. Zane McNeill

Z. Zane McNeill is a nonbinary activist-scholar, ten-year vegan, and co-editor of Queer and Trans Voices: Achieving Liberation Through Consistent Anti-Oppression (Sanctuary Publishers, 2020). Zane lives in Morgantown, West Virginia.

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Irene Blasco

Irene Blasco is a Spanish illustrator, designer, and painter based in Valencia, Spain. Taking an intuitive approach, she primarily works with digital techniques in a versatile style that accentuates her use of color. She loves photography and since 2010 has taught art workshops for children. Her work has been recognized with prestigious awards as the Bologna Ragazzi Digital Award in 2013 for her interactive storybook Rita the Lizard. Irene is also the winner of the LIBER 2021 Illustration Award.

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Cheryl Moss

Cheryl Moss understands the unconscionable misuse and exploitation of animals and the impact on our environment and pandemics. She believes in creating a children’s book series about alternative ways of thinking and living to foster fundamental change. With her husband, she created the non-profit Let’s Share a Dog, whereby lonely people could be connected with busy people in their own neighborhood through the mutual love of dogs. She has written two books, Jenny the Magical Dog Next Door and Jenny Saves the Day. Cheryl is a staunch animal activist and vegan who resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Michelle Rojas-Soto

Michelle Rojas-Soto is the chief talent and equity officer at KIPP SoCal charter schools. She previously served as managing director of Encompass, where she trained, coached, and consulted with animal protection leaders and organizations. Michelle is focused on creating equitable systems so that future generations on Earth thrive.

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Aryenish Birdie

Aryenish Birdie is the founder and executive director of Encompass. Prior to Encompass, Aryenish worked at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine promoting alternatives to animal tests. In addition to her more than two decades in animal protection, Aryenish has worked in other social justice movements, including those striving for racial justice, queer liberation, and reproductive freedom.

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Jasmin Singer

Jasmin Singer is the author of The VegNews Guide to Being a Fabulous Vegan (Hachette Go, 2020) and Always Too Much and Never Enough: A Memoir (Berkley, 2016). She is the co-host of the long-running Our Hen House podcast, is the vice president of editorial for Kinder Beauty, and serves on the board of directors for the Newark LGBTQ Center and the advisory board for Encompass, Sentient Media, and Rancho Compasión. Learn more at jasminsinger.com.

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Karen Levenson

Karen Levenson directed Animal Alliance of Canada’s ten-year campaign to end the slaughter of Canada’s harp seals, beginning in 2004. She achieved Canada’s only municipal wildlife trapping ban and successfully lobbied its oldest veterinary college to end terminal spay/neuter exams. She holds an MFA in Film and Video from York University, and kickstarted the women’s studies program at Brandeis University. She lives in Guelph, Ontario.

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