Hal Brody is the son-of-a-butcher, and until the age of 43, animal products made up a significant part of most of his meals. Then in 1987 he read John Robin’s “Diet For A New America” and soon after became vegan. Hal began volunteering to do outreach at street fairs with Last Chance For Animals (LCA) San Diego chapter, in 2007. In 2020, after the director moved away, he created a new non-profit–Vegan Justice–with the same volunteer base as LCA. Helping others learn how and why to become vegan has been the defining moral commitment of his life. When not working on Vegan Justice issues, Hal can be found hiking in the desert with like-minded travelers.
At the age of five, Leslie was driving down a country road with her mother when they spotted a cow. As they stopped to enjoy the cow, her mother informed her that this is where we get hamburger. Leslie was horrified and never ate another hamburger. Unfortunately, she continued to eat meat, just not hamburgers. It wasn’t until she was about 12 when she read a sign that said, “love animals, don’t eat them,” that she decided never to eat another animal.
Kathleen Kastner has been vegan since 2002 and is an advocate for all animals. She is certified in Plant Based Nutrition & Cooking with the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine and has a vegan cooking channel on YouTube. She is the author of Yoga’s Path to Weight Loss, which combines yoga and veganism for health and animal liberation.
Liz Jacobelly has been vegan since 2010 when she realized the suffering that animals endure to become food. Ever since then she has been doing outreach to educate others about animal cruelty and making vegan choices. She also protests against animal exploitation.
Marco Pelloni has worked professionally in the digital marketing space for several years and brings a wealth of knowledge to Vegan Justice setting up systems for the organization to do its best work. He’s worked on multiple efforts for Vegan Justice setting up donation platforms, creating websites, on-site QR code systems, interactive maps, and more.