MAJOR FIGURES AND
ORGANIZATIONS IN THE
ANIMAL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
The individuals and organizations listed here are mentioned because they have made a difference somewhere and thus become revealing parts of the worldwide animal protection movement. Some are very well known, even famous. Peter Singer is, for example, a high-profile philosopher at Princeton University in the United States and sometimes described as “the best known philosopher in the world.” Albert Schweitzer is for some a household name, and others will surely recognize Ingrid Newkirk and her organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
But most of the other individuals and organizations described below will be unfamiliar names, even though they have made a significant contribution locally, nationally, or even internationally. Some of the individuals work for high-profile organizations, but it is their work as individuals that led to their inclusion in this list. The people on this list in different ways model how individuals, including those “behind the scenes,” play essential parts in putting together the complex puzzle that forms today’s animal rights movement as it seeks