Dr. Alex Hershaft

Dr. Alex Hershaft is the President of 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, 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.

Lucy Goodrum

Lucy is an intellectual property attorney specializing in trademark and copyright prosecution at GARFIELD GOODRUM, DESIGN LAW headquartered in Boston, MA and Hanover, NH. She and her husband and two daughters have a farm animal sanctuary in Reading, VT with rescued cows, horses, chickens, turkeys, ducks, guinea pigs and turtles. Lucy worked for PETA after college and later for FARM helping promote MeatOut, World Day for Farmed Animals, the Animal Rights National Conferences and other FARM campaigns. Lucy is a lifelong animal activist who has worked with local and national rescue and advocacy groups for decades.

Jim Mason

Jim Mason is an author and attorney who focuses on human/animal concerns. His latest book, co-authored with Princeton professor and ethicist Peter Singer, is The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter. The authors trace the foods eaten by three American families back to their sources and explore the ethical questions that arise along the way. The book discusses factory farming and alternatives, fair trade, buying local, organic farming, commercial fishing, and other food matters of concern to consumers today. Mason is author of An Unnatural Order: The Roots of Our Destruction of Nature and co-author with Peter Singer of Animal Factories. He is a contributor to A Cultural History of Animals and The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies. His writings have appeared in Audubon, The New York Times, New Scientist, Newsday, Country Journal, Orion Nature Quarterly, and other publications.

Dr. Tushar Mehta

Dr. Tushar Mehta completed medical school and residency at the University of Toronto. Currently, he practices Emergency Medicine and participates in international health projects. Formerly an annual volunteer in rural India, he is now doing work in Haiti (HEP-Haiti / Ecole Communautaire De Santo) and has also worked with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and is medical advisor for Project CANOE in Toronto, and is co founder of Toward Ahimsa. Along with a small team, Dr. Mehta co-founded Plant Based Data, an online database which collects and organizes academic literature regarding the impact of plant and animal agriculture on health, environment, food security, and the related policy and economics of plant based diets. Dr. Mehta is interested in an evidence and data based approach to health, ecological issues, and global justice issues, emphasizing the interconnectedness of humans, animals, and all life.

The FARM Board of Directors (as of January 2024)

Dr. Tushar Mehta  Emergency medical doctor

Lucille Wheeler Goodrum  Intellectual Property Attorney, former FARM staff member

Jim Mason Attorney and author Animal Factories 

Alex Hershaft Founding President, Farm Animal Rights Movement