162 #TimesUpAR: Covering the Recent Public Allegations of Abuse and Harassment in the Animal Rights Movement with The Bearded Vegans
This week we pair up with The Bearded Vegans to cover the dumpster fire that is the mainstream Animal Rights movement, as revealed by the recent #TimesUpAR campaign.
In This Episode
In a collaboration with our dear friends Andy and Paul from The Bearded Vegans podcast, we take a deep dive through a timeline of the recent public allegations that have come out against male leaders in the animal rights movement. We then follow it up with a conversation about public apologies by other men in the movement, avoiding ally theater, and how we can all help create a better movement going forward.
UPDATED TO ADD: It has come to our attention that Collectively Free was not credited for the #ARTooWhite actions at the Animal Rights Conference in 2016. We apologize for this oversight, we are huge fans of both that action and that organization!
Public allegations timeline
- Carol Adams posts publicly on Facebook – tagging Paul Shapiro (formerly the Vice President of Farm Animal Protection at HSUS and author of Clean Meat).
- Humane Society CEO Under Investigation for Sexual Relationship With Employee, article on Philanthropy.com
- The Animal Welfare Movement’s #metoo Problem, article published on The Philanthropy Chronicles by Marc Gunther
- Female Employees Allege Culture of Sexual Harassment at Humane Society. Two senior officials, including the CEO, have been investigated for incidents dating back over a decade, article on Politico
- Paul Shapiro posts a public statement – It is a PDF of, what appears to be, a letter that was printed out and then scanned, hidden in a Dropbox link
- Rick Bernthal, chair of the board at HSUS sends email to deputy directors telling them to focus on their work
- Humane Society donors call for firing of chief executive after sexual harassment complaints, article on Washington Post
- Top Lab-Grown Meat Advocate Accused of Creating Atmosphere of Sexual Misconduct at Humane Society, reported on Gizmodo
- Humane Society keeps CEO after sexual harassment complaints, prompting seven board members to resign, reported on the Washington Post
- Humane Society C.E.O. Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations, reported on the NY Times
- Wayne Pacelle publishes a letter to his staff, on Facebook
- The Humane Society of the United States accepts the resignation of Wayne Pacelle as president and CEO, on their site
- Jaya Bhumitra comes out with her story about working with Nick Cooney, on Facebook – stating he is emotionally abusive and manipulative
- Josh Balk makes a public statement, on Facebook (Balk took over Shapiro’s position at HSUS and has been friends with all of the recently accused)
- Christina Wilson comes forward about Nick Cooney, on Facebook – this time the allegations also include sexual harassment
- Alex Hershaft posts in support of Wayne Pacelle
- Nathan Runkle (former head of MFA, now just on the board) makes a statement on Jaya’s post
- At Mercy For Animals, No Mercy For Women, article on Nonprofit Chronicles
Links and Information
- The Anti-Vegan Backlash Has Begun & It’s Called Februdairy (Refinery 29)
- New Law Will Require Animal Abusers To Be Registered Like Sex Offenders (Animal Channel)