There are many people who’s passion for animals has lead them to work towards furthering their rights and improving their welfare. We have chosen to showcase three, inspirational figures who have dedicated themselves to helping improve the rights of animals who face different problems.
David Coman-Hidy is the Director of Campaigns for The Humane League. He also coordinates all work in the Boston metro region. The Humane League primarily focuses its efforts on issues facing animals on factory farms. By campaigning with college vegan and vegetarian groups, he and The Humane League have successfully convinced almost every university in the Greater Boston Area (including BU) to exclusively use cage-free eggs in their dining halls. Volunteers will get to work with David and the Humane League during the week of FYSOP! (See site description here!) Also, David will be speaking about factory farming and the issues facing the animals we eat during education day.
Once a dolphin trainer for the television show Flipper, Ric O’Barry has become a leading voice in the fight to protect Marine Life. When the one of the dolphins who played Flipper died in his arms, O’Barry realized that capturing dolphins and training them to perform silly tricks was wrong. His efforts to save dolphins with his non-profit The Dolphin Project have been successful in raising awareness about the issues that face the animals he once worked to train. The Dolphin Project is a campaign under the International Marine Mammal Project at the non-profit Earth Island Institute that aims to stop dolphin slaughter and exploitation around the world. His work was chronicled in the Oscar winning documentary The Cove.
Learn about David’s work and history in the documentary, The Cove:
Anne Lindsay founded and was the President and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Animal Coalition. She has worked in animal welfare since 1988, running rescue organizations in the Massachusetts area. She has both experience working with animal rights organizations as well as a Masters degree in Psychology, and she uses her set of skills to work as a consultant to a large variety of animal organizations. She is particularly interested in helping organizations address the very real issue of “compassion fatigue.” Anne has spoken at a variety of animal welfare conferences, worked with states on their animal welfare legislation, and helped individual shelters form animal welfare coalitions.