- Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni
- James Costa
- Dr. Alex Hershaft
- Steve Hindi
- Howard Lyman
- Alex Pacheco
- Heidi Prescott
- Dr. Tom Regan
His Tuscan wines have garnered worldwide acclaim, including "Best Italian Wine" in 2004. Sebastiano is an industrial designer and the creator of a multinational business network encompassing fields as varied as agriculture, financial advisory, advanced technology, and real estate. He currently lives with his family in Northern Europe.
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He produced and directed the documentary Lunch Hour about the National School Lunch Program and childhood obesity. This film raises awareness of the urgency of this insidious disease and inspires Americans to work together to create change for the sake of our children.
He is proud supporter of Sea Shepherd. He has hosted several events that have raised over a million dollars for Sea Shepherd. He has hosted several fundraisers for Sea Shepherd at his home. He believes that without Sea Shepherd our oceans would face a devastating fate.
Shortly thereafter, he gave up a successful career in environmental management and an affluent suburban lifestyle to devote his full attention to exposing and ending animal abuse and other destructive impacts of animal agriculture.
Later that year, Dr Hershaft founded FARM (Farm Animal Reform Movement) which has become a major force in the struggle for vegetarianism and improved treatment of farm animals.
He launched World Farm Animals Day in 1983 and the Great American Meatout in 1985.
In addition to these annual campaigns, FARM also sponsors National Veal Ban Action, Letters From FARM, CHOICE (of plant-based meals in schools), and several other programs. FARM's nine national conferences turned hundreds of concerned Americans into animal rights activists.
He is executive director of Beyond Beef, founder of Voice For A Viable Future, and president of the International Vegetarian Union.
While still in his teens, Pacheco became involved in animal rights after a trip to a slaughterhouse. At the time, he was studying for the priesthood. Before that, the FBI had accepted him to work towards becoming an agent.
Shortly afterward this trip, he served as a crewmember aboard the Sea Shepherd, sailing across the Atlantic on a voyage that ended in the ramming of the notorious pirate whaling ship, the Sierra. In preparation for the ramming, the ship's bow had been filled with more than ten tons of concrete. That year, Pacheco was voted "Crew Member of the Year."
He then worked with the Hunt Saboteurs Association in England, taking direct action by sabotaging fox hunts and other organized blood sports. After this he worked in Alaska to protect endangered Humpback whales and went to study wildlife for the Washington, DC Commission on Public Health.
Later, he worked undercover in a laboratory, leading Maryland law enforcement agents on an historic police raid of the laboratory. The raid was the first of its kind, resulting in:
- the very first criminal conviction of an animal experimenter in the U.S. on cruelty charges
- the first laboratory shut down because of cruelty
- the first termination of a federal research grant on charges of cruelty
- the first confiscation of animals from a laboratory
- landmark litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking protective custody of the animals.
Pacheco orchestrated a four-day occupation of fifteen offices at the headquarters of the National Institutes of Health by over 100 activists, compelling the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to order the termination of a $14 million dollar experiment in which the brains of conscious primates were crushed. This was the third animal testing laboratory ever closed in the U.S.
Pacheco's investigative work also resulted in the closing of the largest horse slaughter operation in the U.S., involving over 30,000 horses.
Pacheco has come to live with threats against his life by the abusers he exposes. He has been arrested for civil disobedience, shot at by ranchers and subpoenaed by grand juries investigating the disappearance of animals from laboratories. While his picture is plastered up on laboratory walls with an accompanying warning sign, he frequently receives awards for his work on behalf of animals.
On Capitol Hill, Pacheco directs a small team of lobbyists, testifies before Congressional hearings and works on Congressional and state election campaigns.
PETA campaigns have been covered on the front pages of The Washington Post and The New York Times; by, Time, Science, U. S. News and World Report, Town and Country; by Oprah Winfrey and Phil Donahue; in columns from Dear Abby and Paul Harvey to Russia's Tass News Agency.
PETA sponsors cutting edge and unique events such as the first animal rights rock concert, two animal rights record albums, and animal rights galas. PETA has produced award-winning public service announcements and heartbreaking documentaries, parts of which have been shown on programs such as Nightline, 20/20 and National Geographic.
When Harvard University commissioned a critical study of the animal rights movement, the report described Alex Pacheco as the movement's "folk hero". From debating doctors at MIT to his undercover work, his work and passionate outlook on life are compelling.
Among his books, two (The Case for Animal Rights and Bloomsburys Prophet: G. E. Moore and the Development of his Moral Philosophy) were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.
The Case for Animal Rights was immediately recognized as a modern classic when it first appeared in 1983. Unquestionably the best work yet to appear in its field, one reviewer wrote; beyond question the most important philosophical contribution to animal rights, wrote a second; (b)y far the best work on the subject, and will continue to be the definitive work for years to come wrote a third. Already translated into Italian, Swedish, and Dutch, The Case for Animal Rights will be issued in German and Chinese editions in 2003.
Other of Tom Regans books that touch on the topic of animal rights are All That Dwell Therein: Essays on Animal Rights and Environmental Ethics (1982); Animal Sacrifices: Religious Perspectives on the Use of Animals in Science (1986), The Struggle for Animal Rights (1987), The Thee Generation: Reflections on the Coming Revolution (1991), Defending Animal Rights (2001; University of Illinois Press) and (with Carl Cohen) The Animal Rights Debate (2001; Rowman Littlefield). He is universally recognized as the intellectual leader of the animal rights movement.
For its part, Bloomsburys Prophet has helped reenergize and redirect Moorean scholarship in particular and the study of early twentieth century British philosophy in general. Examples of the critical response the book received include: (A) scholarly masterpiece; scholarly but engrossing; enlightening about the early Moore and a pleasure to read; a shrewd, often witty and insightful look at G. E. Moores philosophy and his world . . . A must for intelligent readers of literature; and (the) portrait of the man Moore that Regan gives us is unique in the growing body of Edwardian literature.
In addition to Bloomsburys Prophet, Tom Regans other major contributions to Moorean scholarship are Moore: The Early Essays (1987) and G.E. Moore: The Elements of Ethics (1991). He is co-founder and past president of the Moore Society.
Tom Regans major film awards include the Silver Medal for We Are All Noah (International Film Festival of New York, 1986) and the Gold Medal for Voices I Have Heard (Houston International Film Festival, 1988).
Tom Regan is married to the former Nancy Tirk, with whom he co-founded The Culture & Animals Foundation. They have two wonderful children, a son, Bryan, who is a photographer living in Raleigh, and a daughter, Karen, a lawyer who lives in Washington, D.C.