Paul Shapiro is the vice president of farm animal protection at HSUS. He’s played an integral role in numerous successful legislative and corporate campaigns to improve the plight of farm animals. In his role overseeing efforts to pass state laws and corporate policies, he works with lawmakers and major food retailers alike to implement animal welfare reforms in the agricultural industry.
Shapiro founded Compassion Over Killing in 1995 and served as its campaigns director until January 2005. While there, he worked as a farm animal cruelty investigator and led initiatives to end misleading advertising on factory farm products.
Shapiro has been interviewed in hundreds of print, broadcast and online news sources as an authority on farm animal welfare and animal advocacy. He has also published dozens of articles about animal welfare in publications ranging from daily newspapers to academic journals.
Paul’s topic at Twin Cities Veg Fest is From the Margins to the Mainstream: Veg Eating in America. Fifteen years ago, many people didn’t know what the word vegan meant, let alone how to pronounce it. Today, little could be further from the truth. From cultural icons like Ellen and Bill Clinton touting the benefits of vegan eating to the popularity of meat-free dining options to the reduction in per capita consumption of meat, it’s clear that this issue has moved from the margins and firmly into the mainstream.