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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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Dr. Richard Oppenlander

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






Priscilla Feral

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





Tom Regan

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 [50] visionaries who are changing the world."  >> MORE





Victoria Moran

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






Brian P. McCarthy

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






Freya Dinshah

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






Krissi Vandenberg

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






Howard Lyman

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






Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D.

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





Dan Piraro

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





Will Tuttle, PhD

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





Julia Butterfly Hill

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






Robert Cheeke

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







Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

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






Orestes Gutierrez, D.O.

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






Karen Davis, PhD

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
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David Gabbe

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.
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Jo Stepaniak

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

Connector, NonViolenceUnited.org

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





Claudia Delman

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





Shawn Donnille

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