Speaking Up for Animals highlights eighteen courageous members of a growing international animal advocacy movement that is overwhelmingly powered by women. These remarkable activists take us with them as they lift factory farmed chickens and cows from quagmires of filth, free gigantic sea lions caught in fishing gear and secure undercover footage of dogs crying for mercy on stainless steel vivisection tables. In the process, these dedicated women expose the many ways that most of us are complicit in the suffering and exploitation of animals, and creatively suggest a variety of ways in which we might help bring change.
“Hearing a group of people talk about their lives and life’s work sparks ideas that can rejuvenate, inspire, and make you think, wonderingly, ‘of course!’ Here is that group, and what inspiring souls they are! A beautiful collection.”
—Ingrid E. Newkirk, President and Co-founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
“Women have always been at the forefront of animal protection work, often comprising a significant majority of the movement. Whether it’s rescuing and sheltering individual animals or campaigning for broader social change on their behalf (or both), women have been—and continue to be—disproportionately represented. This anthology allows readers to hear from some of the women pioneering advances for animals today, and gives unique insights into some of the connections between and among a variety of social justice struggles.”
—Paul Shapiro, Senior Director of the Humane Society of the United States’ factory farming campaign
“In these pages, we find diverse experiences united in one anthology; diverse activisms represented together; women’s activism for animals, all together now. And the incredible thing is that after all they have seen, they still believe in you, the reader. When it comes to nonhumans, there are no bystanders. When it comes to the fate of nonhumans, it truly is in your hands.”
—Carol J. Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat, from the Foreword