Dr Michael Klaper MD (via Skype)

drklaper3Michael A. Klaper, M.D. is a 1972 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, with post-graduate training in internal medicine, surgery, anesthesiology, and orthopedics at the University of British Columbia hospitals in Vancouver and obstetrics at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Klaper has practiced acute care medicine in Hawaii, Canada, California, Florida and New Zealand. Far more fulfilling to him is his current practice, focusing on health-promoting food and lifestyle choices to help people stay out of hospitals and off of operating tables. He has authored numerous articles on plant-based nutrition as well as two books on the subject (no longer in print).

A long-time radio host and a pilot, Dr. Klaper has served as nutrition advisor to NASA’s programs for space colonists on the Moon and Mars and on the Nutrition Task Force of the American Medical Students Association.

To minimize suffering of all sentient beings and to improve the health of his patients as well as his own, Dr. Klaper adopted a vegan diet and lifestyle in 1981. He currently practices nutritionally-based medicine at True North Health Center in Santa Rosa, California

Presentation with Q&A
11:40 – 12:45 (Speaker room)

Professor Elizabeth DeCoux

ElizabethDeCouxAn Attorney and Professor of Law, Elizabeth DeCoux has taught animal law for more than 15 years. She teaches Animal Rights and the Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She has also taught animal rights law at Indiana University School of Law and Florida Coastal School of Law. Vegan for nearly a decade, Professor DeCoux has spoken at numerous animal rights conferences both in United States and abroad. Her publications focus on the changes in the law that are needed for animals to be recognized as persons, instead of incorrectly categorized as property.

From Property to Persons: The Progress of the Animal Rights Movement
11:00 – 11:30 (Speaker room)

Casey Taft PhD

CaseyTaftCo-founder VeganPublishers.com
Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine
Author and Vegan Book Publisher
(Vegan Publisher books will be available for purchase at the VeganFest)

Motivational Methods for Animal Advocacy
1:55 – 3:00 (Speaker room)

Sarah K Woodcock

SarahWoodcockFounder and Executive Director (volunteer)
The Advocacy of Veganism Society (TAVS)

Sarah is an adopted Korean-American vegan. She lives in the Minneapolis area of Minnesota in the United States, with her husband and adopted non-human animals.

Veganism and Social Justice: Taking a Pro-Intersectional Approach
2:00 – 2:50 (Ballroom)

Keith Berger


Keith has been vegan since 2004 and believes in creative, non-violent, unequiVOCAL vegan education as the means of creating a world in which veganism is the moral baseline for our treatment of individuals of other species. In 2013, together with Elena Brodskaya, Keith co-founded South Florida Vegan Education Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to public education on veganism, animal rights and ethics with the goals of abolishing all forms of animal exploitation and oppression, and eliminating the status of animals as chattel property.

Striking at the Root: Vegan Education as Activism
10:55 – 11:55 (Ballroom)

Michael Budkie (via Skype)


Michael is the co-founder and Executive Director of SAEN; Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!, which works exclusively on the animal experimentation issue by successfully terminating research projects, forcing the USDA to take legal action against laboratories, and coordinating release of animals into sanctuaries. He has been published and travels extensively, appearing on TV and radio programs to expose the truth about animal experimentation. SAEN is a non-profit (vegan, nonviolent) organization working towards the total liberation of animals from laboratories.

The $14 Billion Hoax – Correcting the Myths and Combating the Propaganda
12:50 – 1:45 (Speaker room)
As taxpayers and consumers, we have the right to know how our government is wasting millions on outdated animal research. Learn how these labs are squandering your hard-earned money, all the while making you believe that they are “well-regulated” and “humane” when nothing could be further from the truth. No graphic images or content.

Eriyah Flynn


Founder, Vegan Shift

Eriyah is a decorated USAF Desert Storm Era Veteran, with a 20+year career in Project/Operations Management in Logistics, Telecom, Legal/Law Enforcement, Health Care, and Renewable Energy Development in both government and private sectors. She was born and raised in Southern California and considered herself an environmentalist and animal lover. However, she did not begin to make the vegan connection to be consistent with both values until 1996. Over the course of her experience with multiple social justice movements, she saw gaps in the vegan animal rights movement’s strategies and decided to apply her professional knowledge and expertise and two decades of seasoned vegan advocacy to develop and launch a new non-profit organization in 2014, www.VeganShift.org. Eriyah lives in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio.

Vegan Verbal Aikido
3:00 – 3:50 (Ballroom)

Vegan Verbal Aikido is shifting energy of negativity and rejection of veganism, by redirecting and inspiring non/pre-vegans into seriously considering and/or pursuing veganism. Using subtle, yet important, nuances in language and relational skills to compel people towards veganism while using unequivocal vegan messaging in our methodologies.

Dr Moses Seenarine


Dr. Seenarine is a graduate of Columbia University and a former Assistant Professor at Hunter College, New York. He is a vegan father and activist, founder of Climate Change 911, and author of Meat Climate Change (2016). Dr. Seenarine has produced several documentaries on Marti Kheel and ecofeminism, sexism and carnism, food justice, and race and class in the animal rights movement. His work on gender, caste and migration has been cited by the FAO, UNESCO, Human Rights Watch, Anti-Slavery International, the Institute for the Study of Labor, World Council of Churches, and many others.

Meat Climate Change
10:00 – 10:45 (Ballroom)
Global warming is advancing rapidly, yet most businesses and the general public are operating as if nothing has changed. And governments are also not taking serious action to curb their national footprints. The good news is the adoption of plant-based diets can stop climate chaos! The bad news is that climate and food denial are major barriers. This presentation discusses the links between climate denial among the general public and denial among climate scientists and government officials regarding farmed animals and global warming. To avoid climate catastrophe, going plant-based is as important as adopting alternative energy to reduce planetary warming emissions.

Sally Sanders MS

SallySandersSally is an advocate for animal rights and for the holistic benefits of a vegan lifestyle. She currently serves as a Humane Educator with the Ethical Choices Program, raising awareness of the environmental, health, and ethical impacts of animal agriculture. Her credentials include an MS degree in Science Education from Montana State University, and BS degree in Agriculture from the University of Florida. She has 20 years of experience as a secondary science teacher in Florida public schools and ten years of leadership with the state Department of Education, including serving as the state K-12 science curriculum specialist. She is certified as a Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator from the Mainstream Vegan Academy.

Ethical Choices: Bringing Humane Education into the Classroom
4:00 – 4:30 (Ballroom)

Torre Washington


Torre Washington is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified coach and six-time champion pro-competitive natural bodybuilder with pro cards in four distinct bodybuilding organizations. Raised vegetarian since birth and vegan since 1998, Torre built his physique entirely on a vegan diet without the aid of supplements. Torre’s training style focuses on physical symmetry and aesthetics, and has therefore become the most sought after vegan bodybuilder internationally. Torre Washington is the first vegan bodybuilder to be featured in GQ Magazine (March 2016). Torre advocates for veganism to his global fan base and brings awareness to the plight of animals as well as the need to heal mother earth through living the vegan lifestyle. He has been awarded the Humane Hero Award by the Florida Humane League in 2016 for his animal advocacy.

Vegan Body-Building Demonstration
12:00 – 12:30 (Ballroom)

Korin Sutton


Korin Sutton served in the United States Marine Corps and U.S. Navy for a total of 8 years and deployed to OIF III and IV. He is a two-time Bodybuilding Pro Champion and a judge in ANBF and NGA, and won top 3 in total of 12 shows in different federations including NPC, INBF, and DFAC. He is the president of BodyHD Fitness. He’s a Health Coach/ISSA Master Fitness Trainer with an AS Exercise Science. He is affiliated with (vegan) Clean Machine and Plant-Built Muscle Teams. Korin is founder of Vegan Live Fit, Speaker, and also a writer of Where Is The Protein Being Vegan? Korin has been vegan for 4 years speaking and educating for the speechless!

Vegan Body-Building Demonstration
12:30 – 1:00 (Ballroom)

Geoffrey Palmer


Geoffrey Palmer is the CEO and Founder of Clean Machine®, an all-natural, vegan sports nutrition company. Mr. Palmer is a 31 year vegan with over 25 years’ experience in the Natural Foods & Nutritional Supplements Industry with companies such as Whole Foods, The Vitamin Shoppe, 24 Hour Fitness, as well as several supplement and sports nutrition companies. Mr. Palmer is an author, lecturer, patent holder, natural and vegan products consultant, and Natural Bodybuilding and Natural Physique Champion in the Masters Class (50+).

Vegan Body-Building Demonstration
12:30 – 1:00 (Ballroom)

Oscar Horta (via Skype)


Oscar Horta has been involved in vegan and antispeciesist activism since the mid 90’s. He is a member of Animal Ethics, an international organization that aims at raising awareness about speciesism and to provide information about animals and their moral consideration to activists, academics and the general public. Oscar also teaches philosophy at the University of Santiago de Compostela, in Spain, where he gives courses on animal ethics. He has been a visiting researcher in different universities in the US, Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Portugal and Finland. His main fields of work are speciesism and the moral consideration of animals living in the wild. Oscar has many publications addressing these issues, and has given talks about them in more than 15 countries.

Speciesism and the moral consideration of animals
3:50 – 4:25 (Speaker room)

M. Butterflies Katz


Butterflies; the organizer of the South Florida VeganFest, will say a few words at the end of the day. As a vegan of nearly 38 years, she is an animal RIGHTS advocate, and a volunteer member of Gentle World for over three decades. She is the publisher of Why I will ALWAYS be vegan; 125 essays from around the world. She resides in New Zealand where she volunteers for Gentle World’s educational center, teaching visitors from all over the world about vegan living and vegan-organic gardening. Butterflies maintains that we should take the vegan ethic as far as we are capable, to avoid all participation with and demand for animal exploitation. Visit her blog: Veganism: A Truth Whose Time has come.

Closing words after 4:30 (Ballroom)