Meet the Board

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Anita Krajnc, President

Anita Krajnc founded Toronto Pig Save in 2010 after adopting a dog companion, Mr. Bean. On their morning walks, they witnessed sad and frightened pigs en route to a nearby slaughterhouse in downtown Toronto. Informed by the work of Tolstoy, Gandhi and Cesar Chavez, six months later, Anita and Mr. Bean promised the pigs to hold a minimum of three animal vigils each week to bear witness. Soon after, Anita launched the global Animal Save Movement, which has a network of more than 300 chapters worldwide.

In 2015, Anita drew global media attention after she was charged with criminal mischief and faced up to ten years in prison for giving water to pigs in a slaughter truck on the way to Fearman's Pork Inc. slaughterhouse in the Greater Toronto Area. The case was dismissed.

In the 1990s, Anita was arrested after engaging in civil disobedience to protect ancient forests in Clayquot Sound. There she met blockade leader Tzeporah Berman, who is now chair of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. Fast forward to 2021, and a subsequent meeting with Tzephor inspired the launch of the Plant Based Treaty.

Anita has a PhD in Political Studies from the University of Toronto and wrote her dissertation on “Green learning” using case studies on climate change and old-growth rainforests. She co-authored The Secret Lives of Pigs and has published journal articles which appeared in Canadian Public Policy.

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Nicola Harris, Vice President

Nicola Harris has over 20 years of experience campaigning for animal rights, climate justice and peace. In 2006, she co-led an 18-month grassroots and political advocacy campaign which saw the British Government bow to pressure and end horrifying deep sea diving experiments on goats held in hyperbaric chambers. The campaign win also saw the permanent closure of the QinetiQ laboratory which coordinated the experiments, and Nicola helped secure the release of a dozen goat survivors.

When she took on the role of communications for Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, UK, Nicola became a victim of state repression and received a 15-month prison sentence in 2010 for her activism under controversial legislation targeting protest and freedom of expression. She is a named victim in the UK judge-led Undercover Policing in the miscarriage of justice category.

At Bournemouth University, Nicola studied Psychology and Computing, where she learned to apply our knowledge of human memory and information processing for application in effective communication, copywriting and user interface design. 

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Ricky Chan, Treasurer

Ricky Kong is a certified CPA in the province of Ontario and has over 20 years of professional experience. He currently works for a marketing firm and has prior experience in the software and packaged goods industries.

He has served as Treasurer for PeaceFurPaws since 2015. PeaceFurPaws is a registered non-profit organization in Canada whose mission is to be a voice for animal rights in the community, support local and international animal rescue and advocacy groups and educate and raise awareness of compassionate living through a plant-based diet. PeaceFurPaws partnered with Animals Asia to create campaigns and raise awareness to end bear bile farming using the endangered Asiatic moon bears.

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Jane Velez-Mitchell, Member of the Board

Jane Velez-Mitchell is the founder and managing editor of UnchainedTV, a free streaming television network which features documentaries, cooking shows, news updates, talk shows, and music videos, all promoting a compassionate, plant-based lifestyle to address the climate crisis, improve health, reduce world hunger, and alleviate animal suffering.

Velez-Mitchell has received numerous accolades for her work, including four Genesis Awards from the Humane Society of the United States, the Compassionate Leadership Award from Mercy for Animals in 2013, and honors from the Animal Legal Defense Fund in 2014 and PETA in 2015.

She hosted a nightly TV show on HLN/CNN Headline News for six years and has reported for Celebrity Justice and served as a news anchor and reporter in Los Angeles and New York. Jane has written four books, including two New York Times bestsellers. Her documentary work includes the award-winning films Anita Velez: Dancing Through Life and Countdown to Year Zero. She also co-executive produces the vegan cooking series New Day New Chef.

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