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.
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.
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 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
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
FARM Animal Rights Movement is the world’s first and longest-operating organization dedicated to advocacy for animals raised, abused, and killed for food. Co-founded by chemist, environmental consultant, social justice organizer, and Holocaust survivor
Dr. Alex Hershaft, FARM’s roots were planted nearly 40 years ago
In 1976, Dr. Hershaft founded the Vegetarian Information Service to disseminate information on the benefits of plant-based eating on consumer health, animal protection, and environmental integrity. VIS participated in the hearings before the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, leading to the periodic publication of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and testified before Congress in favor of the 1978 National Consumer Nutrition Information Act.
Peter Singer’s landmark book Animal Liberation was published in 1975, influencing a number of grassroots animal rights activists who had no national outlet through which to channel their passion into action. After Dr. Hershaft’s vegetarian conferences were repeatedly inundated with concerns about the lack of a guiding animal rights ethic, in 1981 he invited seasoned leaders of the established vegetarian movement as well as animal rights advocates to the first
Action for Life conference.
Action for Life effectively launched the U.S. animal rights movement, with participants including pioneers such as Cleveland Amory, Ingrid Newkirk, Alex Pacheco, Peter Singer, Henry Spira, Gretchen Wyler, as well as radio host Thom Hartmann. Immediately afterward, important organizations including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) were formed or formalized, and the Vegetarian Information Service became
Farm Animal Reform Movement (FARM) by embracing veganism and the right of animals not to be used for food.
2017 - Present
Launched a program to coordinate Western support and encourage local vegan advocacy in India, Nepal, and China.
The Vegan Support program grew out of a survey showing that five in six vegans revert back to eating animals.
Vegan Earth Day directs the heightened public concern for the environment each April towards one of the biggest, yet unnoticed culprits: animal agriculture.
Consumers for Healthy Options in Children’s Education (though 2009) challenged the status quo school lunch program by insisting on healthy, plant-based options at every meal. The program was handed over to like-minded organizations that were better-equipped to run the campaign.
The Great American Meatout (now Meatout) was launched with the modest request that people explore vegan eating for a single day, March 20th (the first day of spring). Every year, tens of thousands of animal-free food samples are distributed, billboards and bus ads are run, and thousands pledge to eat vegan for a day.
The Veal Ban Campaign (through 1986) was the first national campaign on behalf of farmed animals in the US. By focusing on what was then seen as the most egregious form of factory farm cruelty, FARM brought farmed animal suffering into public view in a new way.
The Action for Life Conferences (through 1991; subsequently and to the present, the Animal Rights National Conference) provides the only national platform for animal rights leaders and activists to network with and learn from each other.
Thanks to a generous donor, we were able to multiply our Sabina Fund support for Israeli vegan groups.
Meatout Mondays grew out of our Meatout campaign to provide yearlong support for a vegan diet in the form of a weekly emailed newsletter, complete with recipes, health tips, product reviews, and inspirational news.
The Sabina Fund, named after FARM President Alex Hershaft’s deceased mother, provides grants to organizations across the world that are engaging in creative activism on behalf of veganism or farmed animals.
Letters from FARM reach millions of middle Americans every year through a massive network of activists who send a message to their local newspaper about developments that support a vegan diet.
World Farm Animals Day (now World Day for Farmed Animals) is the longest-running annual effort to call attention to the tragedy of raising and killing animals for food. It is observed annually with dramatic demonstrations outside of slaughterhouses and large farms as well as with educational events.
FARM’s Compassion Campaign (through 1992) brought the concept of veganism and animal rights to key U.S. legislators, executives, and journalists through Congressional hearings, national party platform hearing and conventions, and national polls of candidates for public office.
Gentle Thanksgiving (now Compassionate Holidays) was our first event, offering a vegan holiday meal to hundreds who had not yet experienced a turkey-free Thanksgiving. The program now includes a recipe plan for home celebrations and a database of dozens of public dinners.
Two national organizations were conceived and nurtured at FARM: Farm Sanctuary,
in 1986, and A Well-Fed World, in 2009.
Prominent supporters of FARM’s campaigns through the years have included celebrities Ed Asner, Bob Barker, David Carter, James Cromwell, Doris Day, Casey Kasem, Mary Tyler Moore, Alicia Silverstone, Elaine Hendrix, Russell Simmons, Steve-O, and Jane Velez-Mitchell, as well as social reformers Corey Booker, Cesar Chavez, Thom Hartmann, Michael Jacobson, Heather Mills, and Jeremy Rifkin.