5 Women in Animal Rights

In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating some of the women involved in the animal rights movement! These history-making women have contributed to the fight for the humane treatment of animals. 

  1. One of the most notable women on our list is Dr. Jane Goodall. A chimpanzee expert, she’s been studying for over 55+ years, changing the world’s perception of powerful animals. 
  2. Tippi Hedren created the Roar Foundation in 1983 and devoted her life to protecting large felines. The Roar Foundation owns a preserve near Acton, California.
  3. Dr. Sandeun “Lek” Chailert created the Save Elephant Foundation in 1995 which houses the Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary and rehabilitation center. The Foundation also provides emergency healthcare to elephants in remote villages of Thailand.
  4. Born in Egypt, Dr. Leelah Hazzah founded Lion Guardians in 2007 with the intention of protecting lions across the African continent. The organization has been crucial to reducing animal-human conflict in the region. Starting with just five guardians working in a small system it has now grown to over 65 guardians covering one million acres. 
  5. Betty White also makes our list as one of the most powerful voices of animal rights in modern-day Hollywood. The Morris Animal Foundation recently established the Betty White Wildlife Rapid Response Fund – giving researchers aid to respond to emergency events and unexpected disasters. 

These women keep inspiring us here at the Humane Society of Southeast Texas!