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Jonathan Balcombe

Jonathan Balcombe

Ethologist & Biologist | Germantown, MD, USA
Jonathan Balcombe is an animal behavior expert. His books ‘Pleasurable Kingdom’ and ‘Second Nature’ present animals in a new light and presage a revolution in the human-animal relationship. 

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Melanie Joy

Sociologist & Psychologist | Boston, MA, USA
Melanie Joy is a social psychologist. In her book “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows” she examines ‘carnism’ a system by which we classify some animals as edible and others as non-edible.

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Will Potter

Journalist & Author ‘Green Is The New Red’ | Washington, DC, USA
Will Potter is a journalist and author of the book “Green is the new red,” in which reveals the ways in which the U.S. government is trying to criminalize non-violent animal rights and environmental activists.

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Jan Gerdes & Karin Mück

Hof Butenland | Butjadingen, Germany
Jan and Karin are the founders of ‘Hof Butenland’ the first ‘retirement home’ for cows in Germany. Cows, pigs, horses, chicken, geese, rabbits, cats and dogs live on the area of the former organic farm, where Jan Gerdes farmed until he turned vegan. Some rescued by activists from certain death in slaugtherhouses and killing stations they can live a life in freedom under the care of Jan and Karin.

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Robert Goodland

Tropical Ecologist | Washington, DC, USA
Robert Goodland is a tropical ecologist and was a consultant for environmental policy at the World Bank. In 2009 he published the study ‘Livestock and Climate Change’ together with Jeff Anhang, which sees factory farming responsible for 51% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

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Kurt Schmidinger

Geophysicist & Food Scientist | Vienna, Austria
Kurt Schmnidinger is a geophysicist and nutritionist at the University of Vienna. He researches the ecological consequences of factory farming particularly in relation to climate change, the land use and water consumption. With his project “Future Food” he explores alternatives to animal-based foods.

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Aaron Adams

Chef, Portobello Trattoria | Portland, OR, USA
Aaron Adams is the chef and owner of ‘Portobello’, a vegan Italian Restaurant in Portland, Oregon. Until Aaron went vegan, he was the owner of a restaurant in which he offered Foie Gras, veal and rabbit- ‘delicacies’ . At ‘Portobello’ he only uses organic, seasonal and regional ingredients to create his constantly changing menu.

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Lauren Ornelas

Food Empowernment Project | Cotati, CA, USA
Lauren Ornelas is the founder of the Food Empowerment Project in San Jose, California. The aim of the organization is to promote sustainable access to food that takes into account the treatment of animals, the environment, the working conditions as well as the availability of healthy foods in low-income areas.

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Kati Kosler

Sozial Pedagogue | Münster, Germany
Kati has been a vegan for 7 years. She accompanies us through the film, telling us her vegan story, about the reaction of friends and family and what its like to live as a vegan.

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Neil Robinson

Vegan-Organic Farmer | Portland, OR, USA
Neil Robinson is a vegan-organic farmer and part of ‘Farmageddon’ – a grower’s collective just outside of Portland.


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T. Colin Campbell

Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry | Ithaca, NY, USA
T. Colin Campbell is Professor of Biochemistry of Nutrition. In his book “The China Study”, he researched the relationship between nutrition and lifestyle diseases such as cancer, obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and diabetes.

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Matt Ruscigno

Dietician & Past-Chair, VNDPG, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics | San Diego, CA, USA
Matt Ruscigno is nutritionist and Past-Chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association). The AND is the largest US-based association of nutrition scientists.

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Peter Singer

Professor of Bioethics | Princeton, NJ, USA
Peter Singer is a Professor of Philosophy. In his in 1975 released book ‘Animal Liberation’ Singer popularized the concept of speciesism, which describes the practice of privileging humans over other animals according to their species.

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Tom Regan

Distinguished Professor of Philosophy | Raleigh, NC, USA
Tom Regan is professor of philosophy. He is considered the founder of the classical idea of animal rights. In his in 1983 published book “The Case for Animal rights’, he claims that some non-human animals should have the same moral rights as humans.

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Gary Francione

Distinguished Professor of Law | Newark, NJ, USA
Gary Francione is a distinguished professor of law. He demands that animals should never be the property of others. As an ‘Abolitionist’ he claims that only the Abolition of the conditions is acceptable not the reform.

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George Rodger

Chair, The Vegan Society | Birmingham, United Kingdom
George Rodger was the chair of the Vegan Society in the UK for many years. In 2002 he conducted the last interview with Donald Watson, the founder of the Vegan Society, who also coined the word ‘vegan’.

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Ria Rehberg & Hendrik Haßel

Animal Equality | Stuttgart, Germany
Ria and Hendrik are activists at Animal Equality, a worldwide animal rights organization, which campaigns against all forms of animal exploitation.

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Sharon Núñez

Animal Equality | Madrid, Spain
Sharon Núñez is the co-founder of Animal Equality. On the 22nd of June 2011 Sharon and 11 other Spanish animal rights activists were arrested, their homes searched and investigated.

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Jack Lindquist

Professional Track Cyclist | Los Angeles, CA, USA
Jack Lindquist is a professional track cyclist. In 2012 he almost made it on the U.S. Olympic team, but plans to be part of the team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Susanne Gura

Nutritionist | Bonn, Germany
Susanne Gura is a nutrition consultant and expert for environmental impacts of factory farms.