Karen Davis is the President and Founder of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl including a sanctuary for chickens in Virginia. She is the author of numerous books, essays, articles and campaigns. Her latest book is For the Birds: From Exploitation to Liberation: Essays on Chickens, Turkeys, and Other Domesticated Fowl.
Author of anthrozoology's "bible," "Some we Love, Some we Hate, Some we Eat," Hal Herzog has been investigating the complex psychology of our interactions with other species for more than two decades. He is particularly interested in how people negotiate real-world ethical dilemmas, and he has studied animal activists, cockfighters, animal researchers, and circus animal trainers. More info at halherzog.com.
Jean Shafiroff is a philanthropist, advocate, TV host, and author of the book "Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life By What You Give." She is a volunteer leader of several charitable causes and an Ambassador for American Humane and is their National Spokesperson for the Feeding the Hungry Covid-19 program.
Richard Pallardy is a freelance science writer. He worked for Encyclopedia Britannica for seven years and now writes for such publications as Science on Tap and The Biologist. His most recent piece chronicles the rediscovery of the New Guinea highland wild dog, a primitive canine that prowls the slopes of the central mountain range that bisects the island of New Guinea.
Christie Lagally is the founder and CEO of Rebellyous Foods. She is a mechanical engineer with 15 years of engineering experience and the holder of five patents in manufacturing technology. Christie served as a Senior Scientist for the Good Food Institute uncovering the technical barriers in the development of plant-based meat and clean (i.e. cultured) meat.
Dr. Ellen Brandell is a wildlife disease ecologist. She recently earned her PhD from Penn State University, where she studied the infectious diseases of gray wolves in Yellowstone National Park. Ellen is now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin Madison where she researches the potential for chronic wasting disease management through hunting. Ellen is a conservationist and outdoor advocate.