ANIMAL PEOPLE is the leading independent newspaper providing original investigative coverage of animal protection worldwide. Founded in 1992, ANIMAL PEOPLE has no alignment or affiliation with any other entity.
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ANIMAL PEOPLE publisher Kim Bartlett is a veteran of 30 years in humane work and vegetarian advocacy, with emphasis on humane education and communications. She earned humanitarian service awards from various humane organizations in Texas for animal rights efforts in the 1970s and ’80s. In 1986, Kim left Texas to become editor of The Animals’ Agenda magazine, a position she held until 1992, when she and Merritt Clifton began ANIMAL PEOPLE. Kim serves as publisher of ANIMAL PEOPLE (she’s formally president of the organization) and is also its primary photographer. Kim’s interest in international affairs has brought ANIMAL PEOPLE into the forefront of humane outreach to the developing world due to her work fostering new animal groups around the world.
ANIMAL PEOPLE editor Merritt Clifton,a second-generation lifelong vegetarian, has teamed with Kim Bartlett to provide information service to the humane community since 1986. His duties for ANIMAL PEOPLE include researching and writing more than 200 articles and filling more than 2,000 information requests per year. A reporter, editor, columnist, and foreign correspondent since 1968, specializing in animal and habitat-related coverage since 1978, Clifton was a founding member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, and is a four-time winner of national awards for investigative reporting.[The baby cheetah wasn’t picked up: she leaped up, uninvited, during a visit to the Kenya Wildlife Service animal orphanage in Nairobi, and made herself at home.]
Raised in Chile, Patrice Greanville has been a misfit through and through from the very beginning and signs are that things may not change any time soon. A misfit in the U.S. because of his longstanding disagreements with US foreign policy and international postures regarding animals and the environment; a misfit in journalism as a commentator who liked to write in depth; and a misfit in the early animal rights movement because of his internationalist outlook and insistence that campaign strategies should be thought through in a complete socio-political perspective, Greanville’s views have often been controversial or uncomfortable to many, to say the least. Recalls ANIMAL PEOPLE editor Merritt Clifton, “Greanville was ahead of his time in founding the till-recently dormant Voice of Nature Network, which if it had succeeded according to plan would have beaten Animal Planet and the Discovery Network to the airwaves by many years. He was ahead of his time again in founding the now defunct National Anti-Roadkill Project (now being revived under VNN’s umbrella as theHumane Driving is Better Drivingproject). Anti-roadkill strategies now receive millions of dollars per year in federal and state funding, but Patrice couldn’t get a cent when he began, because the data didn’t yet exist to show how important this issue is.” Helping to found the Animals’ Agenda magazine in 1981, Greanville mentored Kim Bartlett during her six years as editor, 1986-1992. As one of their first decisions, they hired Clifton, then freelancing from Quebec and unknown to both, to write a lead feature. Greanville followed Bartlett and Clifton to ANIMAL PEOPLE in 1993. A former academic and by training an economist, Greanville, a member of AP’s board, has been in charge of all Internet and new media operations for ANIMAL PEOPLE since.
CATHY YOUNG CZAPLA
Born in the hills near Rutland, Vermont, Cathy Young Czapla has lived most of her life in Randolph, just over the Green Mountain ridge. Wife of John Czapla, a Vermont Castings employee for more than 20 years, and mother of a grown son, Karl, Cathy told ANIMAL PEOPLE that she could not think of anything remarkable about herself to put into a brief biography, but editor Merritt Clifton has a differing view. “Cathy is a seldom-seen inhabitant of the same north woods as Champ, Memphre, Ponik, the Loup Garou, and the catamount. Her Quebecois, Scots, and Abenaki ancestors learned the secrets and advantages of invisibility, so Cathy is rarely seen and never photographed. “Working from hundreds to thousands of miles away, as I have moved from Quebec to Connecticut to upstate New York to Washington, Cathy has been my invaluable assistant since 1980, on projects as diverse as publishing a human rights-oriented literary journal, producing a three-volume history of outlaw professional baseball in Vermont and Quebec, and news-gathering. “Seven days a week, without fail except when snow and ice knock her power out, Cathy finds and forwards the latest animal-related news from the farther corners of the earth via the Internet.”
WOLF CLIFTON Special Contributor
Practically from infancy Wolf Clifton, a member of the AP family in both spirit and biology, has contributed art and other materials to enhance the publication. Currently a student at Vanderbilt, he still carves up some time to send illustrations and articles on various subjects. His latest essay, The Evolution and Natural History of Dogs is now available in our blog section. In 2009 Clifton won the best animation on animal rights award for his film Yudisthira s Dog at the Third International Rights Film Festival in Kharkov, Ukraine, during the week of December 12-19, 2009. Produced in the style of an Indonesian shadow puppet play, and with narration by Nanditha Krishna, the film premiered at Asia for Animals 2008 in Bali, Yudisthira s Dog may be viewed at <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0JXcPxkSGE>.