FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement) is a national nonprofit organization advocating for animal rights and veganism since 1981. For many years, we were the only national animal rights organization fighting for farmed animals.

Operating from our nation’s capital through a network of local activists, we conduct massive public awareness campaigns. Our Animal Rights National Conference has trained hundreds of animal rights activists and inspired movement newcomers.

The Team

Dr. Alex Hershaft

Dr. Alex Hershaft is the President of Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) and a co-founder of both FARM and the U.S. movement for animal rights as a whole. Born in Warsaw, Poland shortly before World War II began, Alex survived Nazi persecution and sought refuge in the US, where he held a 30-year career in materials science and environmental consulting and a prominent role in the movement for religious freedom prior to dedicating himself to animals. Alex organized the first Animal Rights National Conferences, World Day for Farmed Animals, Meatout, and a dozen other initiatives - and was inducted to the Animal Rights and Vegetarian Halls of Fame.

Lisa DeCrescente

Administrator

Ally Hinton

Ally Hinton is the Marketing Director for FARM. She has been working in digital marketing and video production for over ten years. Prior to working at FARM she worked as the Head of Digital Marketing for Rethink Homelessness promoting compassion and human rights for the community. One of her projects, Cardboard Stories: Homeless In Orlando went viral in 2015 gaining national & international attention. Ally is passionate about marketing for non-profits and for animal rights. She has worked to promote animal welfare and human rights for many years.

Shemirah Brachah

Shemirah joined the FARM team in January 2016 as a Program Coordinator. Over the years, she’s worked on many FARM campaigns, including the Great American Meatout, Meatout Mondays e-newsletter, World Day for Farmed Animals, the Sabina Fund, billboards and bus cards, Letters from FARM, and of course, working with vegan food manufacturers to showcase products during the snack events at FARM’s annual Animal Rights National Conference. Shemirah also helped as Office Manager before moving to Colorado where she resides with her extended family. She has returned to FARM, managing Letters from FARM and assisting where needed and continuing to coordination food events for the Animal Rights National Conference!

Board of Directors

Since January 1981

Dr. Alex Hershaft is the President of Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) and a co-founder of both FARM and the U.S. movement for animal rights as a whole. Born in Warsaw, Poland shortly before World War II began, Alex survived Nazi persecution and sought refuge in the US, where he held a 30-year career in materials science and environmental consulting and a prominent role in the movement for religious freedom prior to dedicating himself to animals. Alex organized the first Animal Rights National Conferences, World Day for Farmed Animals, Meatout, and a dozen other initiatives – and was inducted to the Animal Rights and Vegetarian Halls of Fame – before turning over daily operations of FARM to focus on leisurely travel, folk dancing, and personal fitness

Mr. Saurabh Dalal is Treasurer on FARM’s Board of Directors, a longtime Councilor and past Deputy Chair of the International Vegetarian Union, and past President of the Vegetarian Society of DC. He splits his time between the Washington DC and New York City areas and enjoys being involved in strategic planning, education, and greater advocacy of just, sustainable, and healthy vegan diets and lifestyles. He works in various capacities with like-minded non-profit groups for thoughtful, clear, and bold vegan messaging. He holds graduate degrees in physics and engineering, is active in several professional and technical societies, and explores ways of integrating sound science into related areas of advocacy.

Since May 2007

Since April 2017

Mr. Seth Tibbott founded Turtle Island Foods, aka “the Tofurky Company” in 1980 on $2500 savings from his 8 year career as a teacher/naturalist.   For 15 years, Seth pursued his dream while losing his shirt as one of the first tempeh producers in the United States.   In 1995, against the advice of his partners, Seth introduced the first nationally marketed vegan holiday roast named “Tofurky”.  Today Seth oversees international sales to make sure that the sun never sets on the expanding Tofurky Empire and under the sharp management of his stepson, Jaime, the independent/family owned company has become an industry leader in plant based foods and recently opened a $10 million LEED Platinum eco Tofurky processing plant in Hood River, OR.

Dr. Michael Klaper is a vegan physician, health educator, popular public speaker and author of articles and books on vegan medical advice.  He advocates rearing children on a plant-based diet throughout their entire lifetimes, beginning with the vegan mother’s pregnancy.  He lectures medical students on vegan nutrition. Michael has been a dedicated supporter of FARM since its inception.  He resides in California with wife Alese Jones.

Since November 2018