Adam Sugalski, executive director of OneProtest

by | Nov 9, 2016

Adam Sugalski—executive director of OneProtest, a Florida-based advocacy organization perhaps best known for its high-profile, successful effort to help halt the Florida bear hunt—recalls how he first stepped into the role of advocate when, as a professional artist, he was invited to a circus protest and realized the appearance of the signs and other materials used at that demonstration could be made sharper, and more effective. 57307294eIn noting how personal interests have shaped his advocacy efforts, Sugalski recounts situations in his formative years that prompted him to become vegetarian. He also outlines what he believes constitutes the components of effective advocacy, underlining the game-changing 5115e1_20c6809e28df46708e1283fb41128843significance of social media. Sugalski also explains how he and his OneProtest colleagues have recalibrated protests of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, in the wake of Ringling ending the use of elephants in shows last May, but still requiring tigers and other animals to perform. not_trophy_24x36_fd2cf62b-f297-4e92-a30e-29416e98b31aThroughout this conversation, Sugalski addresses the strategy and various actions he feels were pivotal to the Stop The Bear Hunt campaign, ultimately persuading the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to halt the hunt—to Sugalski’s surprise, he acknowledged in the immediate aftermath. Slated to speak at the Tampa Bay Veg Fest on Saturday, Nov. 12, Sugalski provides a sneak preview of the subjects he plans to cover in his talk.,


ALSO: I played back my brief conversation with Laura Coffey, author of “My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts,” who was set to make two weekend appearances in the Tampa Bay area, including speaking at The Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading Nov. 12, and appearing Nov. 13 at a book/dog adoption/literacy event at the Barnes & Noble in Clearwater. In this recorded conversation, the topic surfaced of animal rescue organizations that gear their efforts for terminally ill owners of dogs, and afterward Laura sent me a note with the link to a piece she had written about this:

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COMEDY CORNER: Brian Regan’s “Boo Sailboat—Pt. 1” (

MUSIC: Rebekah Pulley’s “Talking Animals Theme,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Pink Floyd’s “Dogs” (Three Different Ones)”


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