March 3rd is World Wildlife day

World Wildlife Day will be celebrated in 2017 under the theme “Listen to the Young Voices.” Given that almost one quarter of the world’s population is aged between 10 and 24, significant efforts need to be made to encourage young people, as the future leaders and decision makers of the world, to act at both local and global levels to protect endangered wildlife.

Here are 5 young activists that we should listen to:

Genesis Butler

Genesis Butler became a vegetarian at just 3 years old. She has started a non profit organisation called Genesis for Animals and is dedicated to protecting the environment and the lives of farm animals by educating her community about the effects of reducing meat consumption.

In 2015, she lobbied before the Long Beach City Council to pass a city wide “Meatless Mondays” resolution. By encouraging people to take part in “Meatless Mondays,” Genesis hopes to create change.

Visit her website at


Phoebe Goldstein

Marine animal activist, Phoebe Goldstein is from Boulder, Colorado. During her 7th grade trip to SeaWorld San Diego she was shocked to learn that educators were unaware of the issues surrounding these types of places. and realized she had to become more involved in bringing awareness to animal cruelty.

See her petition here telling SeaWorld to stop orca shows at all their parks. Orcas are intelligent, magnificent animals, and they are not here for our entertainment.
Visit her facebook page Sea Action to find out more. 

Thomas Ponce

At just 15 years old, Thomas Ponce has already started his own lobbying group AND was the regional coordinator of Fin Free Florida. That’s more than most adults have done for animal rights!
Ponce has been recognized for his work by such national entities as PETA and the Farm Animal Rights Movement
Visit his website Lobby for Animals here to support his cause. 


Kevin Storm

Kevin Storm is a young vegan animal rights activist who hosts “The Kevin Storm Show” with his mother Susan on Philadelphia’s Renaissance Radio WNJC 1360AM. You can hear his broadcasts on TuneIn, a radio app for smartphones, or by listening to WNJC 1360AM Philly between 12-12:30 PM EST.

Visit Kevin’s facebook page here


Kat Graham

Kat Graham’s mission in life is to end the use of beagles in laboratory research and testing. This inspiring 11-year-old has teamed up with the Beagle Freedom Project (BFP) to create her own website.

Visit her website and buy art works here

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