Dr. Michael Klaper is a practicing physician (and 30-year vegan) whose patients, he tells us, include people, animals and Planet Earth itself --all of whom/which will benefit as humans adopt a plant-based diet.
Pamela Rice is the author of "101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian," both book and pamphlet. She is the founding director of the Vegetarian Center of NYC and the organizer for this event. She is the founding director of the VivaVegie Society, the parade's sponsoring group. She is also the erstwhile publisher of The VivaVine: The Vegetarian Issues Magazine.
Bruce Friedrich is vice president for policy at PETA. Before coming to PETA in 1996, he ran a shelter for families and the largest soup kitchen in Washington, D.C. He has been a progressive activist for more than 20 years
Karen Davis , Ph.D is president of United Poultry Concerns. She is the founding editor of UPC's magazine Poultry Press and the author of numerous books including Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs. Ms. Davis maintains a sanctuary for rescued poultry birds in Virginia. She in an inductee to the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame. Since 1999, Ms. Davis and UPC have hosted eight conferences on farmed-animal advocacy issues. For more information, visit www.upc-online.org.
Gene Baur adopted the vegan lifestyle in 1985. Today, he is the celebrated co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary. Over the years, Gene has videotaped countless cruel conditions on farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses. Court testimony and initiatives he has spearheaded have resulted in groundbreaking legal enforcement and legislation. An oft-saught-after author and spokesperson for the cause, Gene's accomplishments are simply too many to list.
Victoria Moran (www.victoriamoran.com) is the Oprah-featured author of ten books, including Compassion the Ultimate Ethic, Lit from Within, The Love-Powered Diet, and the international bestseller, Creating a Charmed Life. Her next book, The Vegan Life, will be out next year. Vegan since the 80s and a certified life and health coach with a private practice, “Veg and the City Coaching,” here in NYC, Victoria blogs for the Huffington Post and hosts the “Veg and the City” Show on HealthyLife.net Radio.
Costume contest : Veggie Pride Parade NYC 2011
Doctor Natural (718-783-3465) has been instructing in the art of holistic health and natural healing for 25 years! This intuitive and inspired teacher has actively decried cruelty to animals since the age of nine, a stance that is only one part of the rich and multi-faceted philosophy he imparts to his many devotees.Doctor Natural (718-783-3465) has been instructing in the art of holistic health and natural healing for 25 years! This intuitive and inspired teacher has actively decried cruelty to animals since the age of nine, a stance that is only one part of the rich and multi-faceted philosophy he imparts to his many devotees.
Bob DiBenedetto is Co-Founder of HealthyPlanet, and creator of their Healthy School Lunch Program. He hosts "The Healthy Planet" radio show and has lectured on the powerful impacts of our food and lifestyle choices for over twenty years. Bob Co-Chairs the Prevention Committee of the Suffolk County Cancer Awareness Task Force, and sits on several business/community energy alliances where he advocates for a bold move away from fossil fuels. He has appeared on national TV/radio, and been quoted in publications from Newsday to The NY Times. Bob's extensive research into personal growth and meditation has led him to spread big-picture, whole world solutions.
Freya Dinshah is president of the American Vegan Society (founded in 1960) and edits its magazine American Vegan. Freya became vegan as a teen and has over 50 years experience with this way of living. Her cookbook, The Vegan Kitchen, was first published in 1965 and is now in its 13th edition. Many of its recipes are also in a quantity-catering card file. Freya has helped organize local and national events to encourage compassionate living. American Vegan Society, www.americanvegan.org 56 Dinshah Lane, PO Box 369, Malaga NJ 08328 856-694-2887
Dawn Moncrief is the founding director of A Well-Fed World, a food justice and animal protection organization promoting plant-based foods and fighting factory farming. AWFW distributes vegan food to those in need, works to redirect farm subsidies, and provides grants for innovative projects. Dawn has been an animal advocate for 10+ years. She holds two masters degrees in international relations and women's studies. Her area of expertise is the detrimental impact of meat on global hunger, especially for women and children.
X-Factor of The Bronx: Veggie Pride Parade NYC 2011 impromptu drum corps performance
Ying Ming Yick has studied classical Chinese dance for 16 years and Tai-Chi for six. She loves to dance and regularly performs in the Chinatown community. Master flautist Lu Zong Lt accompanies her here in a traditional Tibetan rendition.
Ying Ming Yick has studied classical Chinese dance for 16 years and Tai-Chi for six. She loves to dance and regularly performs in the Chinatown community. Here she gives a dazzling performance of Kung Fu fan dancing.
Kathy Stevens is the founder and director of Catskill Animal Sanctuary, one of the nation's leading sanctuaries for horses and farmed animals, located in New York's Hudson Valley. A passionate but patient advocate of the vegan lifestyle, she presents her message of "kindness to all" through her books and blogs, as well as at speaking gigs at "kindergartens, colleges, and conferences and everything in between." Kathy lives on the grounds of Catskill Animal Sanctuary with her dog Hannah and her cats Fat Boy and Mouse.
Richard H. Schwartz , Ph.D., is the author of Judaism and Vegetarianism, Judaism and Global Survival, and Mathematics and Global Survival and over 140 articles and 20 podcasts at JewishVeg.com/schwartz. He is President of Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA) and the Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians (SERV) and director of the Veg Climate Alliance. He is associate producer of the 2007 documentary "A Sacred Duty: Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal the World."
Wilson Morales was ordained as a Seventh Day Adventist elder in 1997 and has been preaching and teaching sabbath school ever since. He describes himself as a born-again Protestant Christian and adherent to the teachings of the sect's prophetess, Ellen G. White. Seventh Day Adventism professes the vegetarian diet and is perhaps the only Christian church in America to do so. It is believed that whatever is done in eating or drinking should honor and glorify God in the preservation of health.
Dave Warwak is a meditator, philosopher, humanitarian, artist, musician, poet, and writer. Formerly a tenured middle school art teacher, he became an animal rights activist after he was notoriously fired for teaching veganism to his students. Warwak's mission has since been to tell children the truth about our world. Ask Dave about transcripts that document his fight to keep his job, which include testimony by his A-number-one fan, Dr. T. Colin Campbell. See www.inslide.com.