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Nathan Runkle, founder of Mercy For Animals…Plus, Joan Jett!

Nathan Runkle—founder and president of Mercy For Animals—recounts the horrific incident (a fellow high school student that Runkle said slammed a baby piglet on a concrete floor during class) that prompted him to create the organization in 1999. Read more…

Kip Andersen & Keegan Kuhn, “Cowspiracy” filmmakers

Kip Andersen & Keegan Kuhn—filmmakers behind the documentary “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret,” which examines how the animal agriculture industry dwarfs all other causes of global climate change (and other ills), and how the most prominent environmental nonprofit organizations look the other way, and worse—discuss their respective backgrounds and how they teamed up for this project. Read more…

Kevin Fulton, owner of Fulton Farms

Kevin Fulton—the owner and operator or Fulton Farms, a 2800-acre organic farming and grazing operation in central Nebraska—discusses his unusual background and career path, starting with growing up on the farm and helping his veterinarian father on his calls, and later getting a master’s degree in exercise physiology and working as a college strength and conditioning coach. Read more…

Mark Devries, director of “Speciesism: The Movie”

Mark Devries—director of the new documentary, “Speciesism: The Movie”—discusses how the film came about, and how he first became interested in factory farming. Read more…

Paul Shapiro, VP Farm Animal Protection, HSUS

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Paul Shapiro—Vice President, Farm Animal Protection, at The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)—recounts his formative years as an animal lover and advocate, including launching Compassion Over Killing and how that organization’s undercover video investigations in the pre-Internet age served as an important precursor to the more sophisticated ones later undertaken by HSUS, Mercy For Animals, PETA and others. Read more…