Mark is Executive Director of Animal Liberation in Australia. He is employed full time via funds from the Christina Fitzsimons Trust. Before this he had been Team Leader of the Newcastle Community Mental Health Service in Newcastle and worked as a Clinical Acute Adult Psychiatric Nurse Specialist. In his current position the main focus is on farm animals – particularly factory farming for the past 18 years and recently kangaroos. Two recent successes have been in relation to sheep and kangaroos. The phase out of the most invasive mutilation of any animal without analgesia – ‘mulesing’ in sheep and convincing the Russian Federation to ban imports of kangaroo meat by exposing inherent cruelty and hygiene problems. He enjoys opera – even trying to sing some- and stopping live export death ships from entering Australian ports.
Kate Vickers is a journalist who has been working in television and publishing for more than a decade. She began her career writing for and editing women’s lifestyle magazines and later turned her hand to live TV producing before embarking on a freelance career. The lifelong Sydneysider is committed to a cruelty-free lifestyle, and believes the institutionalised abuse of animals for human consumption, entertainment, research, clothing and consumer products can be stopped with community awareness and legislative change. She is active on Facebook and Twitter as a champion of animal welfare issues and wants to see all non-human animals given a voice in Australian politics. Kate lives in Sydney with her two cats, Atticus and Scout.