Neal Barnard, MD
President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
Alicia Silverstone (Clueless) became a vegan in 1997, after struggling with being an animal rights activist and a meat eater. Not only did she stay vegan during her first pregnancy (with son Bear, born 2011), she said that her preschooler is also proud to be a vegan just like his mama.
I think the [vegan] diet's influence is pretty evident in that he is full of vibrant energy; he's so smart, creative, and insanely sweet — like a magical little elf. It's so important to me that his body be as healthy as possible so he can enjoy every minute of his life and not be bogged down by ailments. I'm so proud to say this is how his life is now, and I've made it my job to keep it that way.
One person with courage is a majority. - Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the US (1743 - 1826)
Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that's where you renew your springs that never dry up. - Pearl S. Buck, Pulitzer Prize- and Nobel Prize-winning author (1892 - 1973)
Every animal that walks the earth, or swims, or flies, is precious beyond description. - James Michener, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist (1907-1997)
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. - Ralph Waldo Emerson, American philosopher, writer, lecturer (1803 - 1892)
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Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. - Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Swiss psychiatrist, author (1926-2004)
EVEN has developed this page of exclusive interviews because we believe it is always interesting, informative and inspiring to read the perspective of some others with whom we share a compassionate lifestyle. Those interviewed are leaders in their fields, both local and national, who are deeply committed to veganism. Thank you to everyone who was so sincere and willing to share.
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President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
As president of the Physicians Committee, Neal Barnard, MD, leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research. Dr. Barnard has authored more than 80 scientific publications and 20 books for medical and lay readers. He has hosted four PBS television programs on nutrition and health, and is the editor in chief of the Nutrition Guide for Clinicians, a textbook made available to all U.S. medical students.
Author, Speaker, Educator, Consultant
A nutrition expert whose mission is to teach people to thrive on a whole-foods, plant-based diet, Janice Stanger, PhD, is the author of The Perfect Formula Diet and is a frequent conference presenter, radio show guest, and teacher of several courses on nutrition and health. Shredding ridiculous nutrition myths is Janice's specialty. >> MORE
Educator, Author, Builder
Environmental Activist, Gardener
Dale and Sandy built their own home and veganically grow most of their food. Additionally they continue to experiment with food preservation that uses as little energy as possible—including an above-ground root cellar, storage of certain crops in the soil, and sun drying. They make extensive use of solar, geothermal, and gravity energy, as well as rainwater catchment systems for garden and orchard irrigation at their Ahimsa Acres homestead outside of Cottage Grove, Oregon. >>MORE
Pastry Chef, Culinary Educator, Cookbook Author
Chef Fran Costigan is internationally renowned as the authority on vegan desserts. Her unapologetically luscious treats lack nothing—except dairy, eggs, white sugar, and cholesterol. Professionally trained, Fran worked in both traditional and vegan pastry kitchens before moving into teaching over 20 years ago. Her lively classes include the Costigan Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive®. Fran's latest book, Vegan Chocolate Dessert: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts, has been translated into three languages, and >>MORE
Clinical Fasting Researcher
For over 30 years Dr. Alan Goldhamer has been the director of the TrueNorth Health Center and the TrueNorth Health Foundation in Santa Rosa, CA.
TrueNorth Health Center is an integrative medical facility whose staff includes a dozen clinicians representing medicine, osteopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic and psychology. >>MORE
Author, Activist, Theologian
Reverend Gary Kowalski is the author of books on spirituality, animals, history and science including Goodbye Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet and The Souls of Animals, volumes that have been translated into Chinese, Hungarian, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, German and French. A graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Divinity School... >>MORE
Founder & Executive Director
Food Empowerment Project
lauren Ornelas is the Founder and Executive Director of Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.), a vegan food justice nonprofit seeking to create a more just world by helping consumers recognize the power of their food choices. F.E.P. works in solidarity with farm workers, advocates for chocolate not sourced from the worst forms of child labor, and focuses on access to healthy foods in communities of color and low-income communities. >>MORE
Author, Educator, Researcher, Animal Rights Activist
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson has a Ph.D. in Sanskrit from Harvard University. He was Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Toronto. Trained as a Freudian analyst and graduating as a full member of the International Psycho-Analytical Association, he became Project Director of the Sigmund Freud Archives in 1980.
Given access to Freud's papers in London and the Library of Congress, his research led him to publish a series of books critical of Freud, psychoanalysis, psychiatry and therapy.
Skeptical that humans could be understood (at least by psychologists) Masson turned to animals. In 1995 he published When Elephants Weep, an international best seller, followed by the equally popular Dogs Never Lie About Love. >>MORE
Registered Dietitian, Author, Speaker,
Brenda Davis, Registered Dietitian, is a leader in her field and an internationally-acclaimed speaker. She has worked as a public health nutritionist, clinical nutrition specialist, nutrition consultant and academic nutrition instructor. Brenda is the lead dietitian in a diabetes research project in Majuro, Marshall Islands. She is a featured speaker at nutrition, medical and health conferences throughout the world. Brenda is co-author of nine award-winning, best-selling books >>MORE
Gary Yourofsky is a vegan animal liberation activist, national lecturer on animal rights and veganism, and founder of Animals Deserve Absolute Protection Today and Tomorrow, an ethical vegan non-profit organization. ADAPTT believes that all animals have an inherent right to be free and live completely unfettered by human dominance.
Gary has given 2,660 lectures to more than 60,000 people at 186 schools in 30 states and his inspirational actions have been covered by every newspaper, radio outlet, and TV station in his native Detroit, and many others across the US, and around the world. >>MORE
From the age of 10, Laura Moretti has been active on behalf of animals in every way possible — from an undercover agent for the New Jersey SPCA, to a lobbyist for animal protective legislation in every state she has ever lived in. From hands-on rescue of wild horses to magazine and web site publishing. And serving on the board or advisory boards of various organizations... >> MORE
Author, Advocate, Spokesperson for a Sane,
Ethical and Sustainable Future
John Robbins is the author of nine bestsellers that have collectively sold more than 3 million copies and have been translated into 26 languages. His books include The Food Revolution, and the classic, Diet for a New America. He is Co-Founder, along with his son, Ocean, of the 200,000-member Food Revolution Network. >> MORE
Founder and Director,
Free from Harm
Robert Grillo is the founder and director of Free from Harm, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that promotes farmed animal rescue, education and advocacy. Free from Harm strives to be a leader in online activism by building a strong online community and publishing content that empowers and informs activists as well as institutions and the general public. >> MORE
Founding Director, A Well-Fed World,
Food Justice and Animal Advocate
Dawn Moncrief draws attention to the negative consequences of animal agriculture on climate change; as well as the ethical and environmental deceptiveness in "gifting" animals for food in poor countries and "humane" meat marketing, more generally. >> MORE
Researcher, Author, Consultant, Lecturer
Dr. Oppenlander is a much sought after lecturer on the topic of food choice and how it relates to sustainability, all within the framework of fresh perspectives and critical insights. >> MORE
President, Friends of Animals
Priscilla Feral has presided over Friends of Animals for 27 years, as it charts the path that brings critical habitat, environmental, and animal rights issues into the animal advocacy sphere. >> MORE
Professor, Author, Animal Rights Activist
Tom Regan has been described as "the philosophical leader of the animal rights movement" by the editors of Utne Reader, who identified him, along with the Dali Lama, as "one of  visionaries who are changing the world." >> MORE
Author of Main Street Vegan and Director of Main Street Vegan Academy
Victoria Moran (www.mainstreetvegan.net) is the prolific author of eleven books, including her latest, Main Street Vegan: Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully and Live Compassionately in the Real World, which VegNews calls "the vegan Bible, New Testament," and of which President Bill Clinton writes: "I'm delighted that you're helping to make the vegan lifestyle more accessible and achievable for as many people as possible." >> MORE
Vegan Cookbook Author, Cooking Instructor, Chef
Chef Brian McCarthy grew up in Portland, Oregon, graduating from David Douglas with a focus on food service. He then completed a two-year culinary school program through Clark College in Vancouver, WA. In 1995 he turned to a vegan diet and began to explore the world of vegan cooking as a chef. >> MORE
President, American Vegan Society
Freya Dinshah is president of the American Vegan Society and edits its magazine American Vegan. Freya's late husband, H. Jay Dinshah, founded the American Vegan Society in 1960 and taught Ahimsa as the principle of vegan living. Freya grew up in England in a vegetarian family. She became vegan as a teen and >> MORE
Executive Director, Vegan Action
Krissi Vandenberg has been Executive Director of Vegan Action since 1998 after starting out as a volunteer when the organization was still in Berkeley, California. When she moved back to the East Coast, she brought the organization with her where she currently lives in Richmond, Virginia. While serving for Vegan Action >> MORE
Animal Welfare Activist, Author, Mad Cowboy
Howard F. Lyman is a 4th generation family farmer (and vegan) from Montana. After 20 years of operating a feed lot, he sold his ranch and started working for farmers in financial trouble. >> MORE
Vegan Ironman Triathlete
Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D. is the winner of 1,000 trophies including 8 Gold Medals in the Senior Olympics, 67 marathons including Boston, New York & Moscow, The Great Wall of China and 3 World Fitness Records at the famed Cooper Clinic in Dallas, TX. Dr. Ruth was named One of the Ten Fittest Women in North America and was nominated by PETA as Sexiest Vegan Alive. She is a breast cancer survivor, her story told in Forks Over Knives. Dr. Heidrich is author of A Race for Life, The CHEF Cook/Rawbook, and Senior Fitness. >> MORE
Cartoonist, Comic, Painter, Ethical Vegan
Award-winning cartoonist, fine artist, and stand-up comedian, Dan Piraro is best known for his daily syndicated newspaper cartoon, Bizarro. Appearing in over 300 newspapers and on six continents, Bizarro has won an unprecedented three consecutive "Best Cartoon Panel" awards from the National Cartoonists Society and in 2011 won their highest honor, "Cartoonist of the Year." >> MORE
Educator, Author, Musician, Spiritual Activist
Dr. Will Tuttle has lectured and performed widely throughout North America and Europe presenting over 150 lectures and workshops in the past 16 years. In 2005, Will published his ground-breaking book, The World Peace Diet, the first book to give the big picture of the consequences of eating animal-sourced foods. He is also recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award. >>MORE
Activist, Writer, Poet
Joyous Vegan, Julia Butterfly Hill, brought international attention to the plight of the world's last remaining ancient forests when she climbed 180 feet into the branches of a 1,000 year-old redwood tree and refused to come down. Her historic protest to the environmental destruction caused by the clear-cutting of ancient redwoods culminated after 738 days with an agreement that provided permanent protection for the tree known as Luna and a 3 acre buffer-zone around it. >> MORE
Vegan Bodybuilder, Motivational Speaker, Author
Robert Cheeke grew up on a farm in Corvallis, Oregon where he adopted a vegan lifestyle in 1995 at age 15. Today he is an Amazon.com best-selling author of the book Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness - The Complete Guide to Building Your Body on a Plant-Based Diet.
As a two-time natural bodybuilding champion Robert has been considered one of VegNews Magazine's Most Influential Vegan Athletes. He tours North America regularly giving talks about his story transforming from a skinny farm kid to champion vegan bodybuilder. >> MORE
Author and Educator on Living Compassionately and Healthfully
For over 11 years, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau has guided people to becoming and staying vegan through sold-out cooking classes, bestselling books, inspiring lectures, engaging videos, and her immensely popular audio podcast, "Vegetarian Food for Thought." The award-winning author of five books >>MORE
Dr. Gutierrez is a vegan, live foodist and competitive runner. He is Navy trained and completed his Family Medicine Residency at the Mayo Clinic. He has a special interest in longevity, nutrition and sports medicine. >> MORE
Founder and President, United Poultry Concerns
Karen Davis founded and directs United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. She maintains a sanctuary for chickens, turkeys and ducks on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Karen is also the founding editor of UPC's quarterly magazine Poultry Press and the author of several books including
On the VegPath
David Gabbe is the author of David's Vegan Home Cooking, From David's Pure Vegetarian Kitchen, The Going Vegetarian Cookbook, and Why Do Vegetarians Eat Like That? He teaches plant-based cooking and nutrition in Oregon and Washington (since 1990) and has been a speaker at numerous seminars and conferences on the West Coast.
Author, Editor, Mediator
Jo Stepaniak, MSEd, has been involved with vegetarian and vegan-related issues for nearly five decades. She is the author or coauthor of seventeen books on compassionate living and vegan cuisine and a contributing author to many other books and national publications. >>MORE
Matt Bear is a popular speaker and teacher drawing from his first-hand experience with farmed animals, his dedication to Social Justice issues, his continued advanced study of active Nonviolence, and his broad understanding of the interconnection and implications of our consumer choices on other people, on the planet, and on non-human animals. >>MORE
Outreach Manager, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
Claudia Delman received her Master of Public Health from Loma Linda University in 2007. She has been Outreach Manager for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. since 2000.
Claudia is a Certified Health Education Specialist responsible >> MORE
Vice-President/Co-Owner of Mountain Rose Herbs
Shawn Donnille (along with his partner, Julie Bailey) owns Mountain Rose Herbs, a processor and supplier of organic herbs, spices, teas, and essential oils with a strict emphasis on organic agriculture.
Sustainability is at the core of >>MORE