The University of Virginia School of Law honored alumnus and PETA Foundation General Counsel Jeff Kerr with the Shaping Justice Award for Extraordinary Achievement. Over the last 25 years, he’s been a pioneer in the struggle to achieve fundamental rights for animals. From defeating unconstitutional “ag-gag” laws to arguing that orcas should be granted legal personhood and much more, he’s leading a team that’s expanding justice for animals around the world.
“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE
— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind