Antiracism in Animal Advocacy: New Book Promotes Racial Equity

Antiracism in Animal Advocacy: Igniting Cultural Transformation is a new collection of essays by 16 leaders in farmed animal protection—including three Mercy For Animals staff members—committed to racial equity.

The book is a first from Encompass, an organization that offers training and support for animal protection groups and activists to increase effectiveness by cultivating racial representation, equity, and interdependence while empowering advocates of the global majority. 

“Acknowledging racism is a problem in the animal advocacy movement is fundamental towards addressing the issue. This collection of essays provides an excellent springboard for white people and their entities to do antiracist work while strengthening the infrastructure of the animal advocacy community.” —Omowale Adewale, founder of Black VegFest, co-founder of Grassroots Artists MovEment (G.A.ME), and editor of Brotha Vegan

To celebrate Antiracism in Animal Advocacy’s release, Encompass will host a virtual launch party on September 15, 2021, from 8 to 9 p.m. Eastern. The free event will feature discussions led by several of the book’s authors in addition to special guest speakers Martin Rowe of Lantern Publishing & Media and Ana Bradley, executive director of Sentient Media.  


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Attendees will have a chance to win prizes from Kitten Lady, Lush Cosmetics, Tabitha Brown, Dr. Bronner’s, Tofurky, Partake Foods, Isa Leshko, Jasmin Singer, and the Equity Literacy Institute. Winners will be announced live during the event. 

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The book includes the following essays: 

  • “White Veganism Doesn’t Serve Me Either: A White Vegan’s Perspective” by PJ Nyman, corporate relations specialist at Mercy For Animals
  • “Chinese Eyes: Exploring Identity and White Supremacy in Animal Rights” by Shayna Rowbotham, U.S. organizing manager at Mercy For Animals 
  • “Racism in Me, the Movement, and the Meat Industry” by Jamie Berger, independent documentary filmmaker and chief of staff at Mercy For Animals 

Mercy For Animals is committed to antiracism and rooting out systems of oppression in our organization, the animal protection movement, and society. Our food system is built on and promotes racial inequity and injustice. Changing the food system requires us to recognize the impact of systemic racism and do our best to foster equity and inclusion. 

This important book officially launches on September 21. Click here to preorder a copy today.