Friedrich serves on the advisory board of the Christian Vegetarian Association and is a founding member of the Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians. He has appeared on NBC's Today Show, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and Court TV. He was inducted into the United States Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2004.
He served as president of the Cleveland County Young Democrats during his last two years of high school and campaigned for the late Sen. Paul Simon (D-Ill.) during his first year of college.
He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Iowa's Grinnell College with majors in English and economics and a minor in religious studies. Before joining People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in 1996, he spent six years working in a shelter for homeless families and a soup kitchen in Washington, D.C.
Work with PETA
Friedrich wrote and made an audio recording of "Veganism in a Nutshell," a popular synopsis of the reasons some choose to go vegan. He appeared as a candidate on the 2004 Showtime reality series American Candidate.
Friedrich is a frequent lecturer and debater on college campuses, including Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, Cornell University, The University of Chicago, and dozens of other colleges and universities across the country.
Friedrich considers his work for animal rights to be God's work.
- Contributor to Terrorists or Freedom Fighters?: Reflections on the Liberation of Animals, Lantern Books 2004, ISBN 1-59056-054-X
- Introduction to E. G. Smith Collective (2004). Animal Ingredients A to Z: Third Edition. AK Press. ISBN 978-1-902593-81-4.
- Singer, Peter (2005). In Defense of Animals: The Second Wave. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-4051-1941-2. Chapter 15, Effective Advocacy: Stealing from the Corporate Playbook p. 187
- Wrote the Foreword of the book Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism (2008) by Mark Hawthorne. ISBN 978-1-84694-091-0
- Ball, Matt; Friedrich, Bruce (2009-04-06). The Animal Activist's Handbook: Maximizing Our Positive Impact in Today's World. Lantern Books. ISBN 978-1590561201. Foreword by Ingrid Newkirk
- Friedrich is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and Alan.com.
- Bill O'brien, Bruce Friedrich (1995). The Plutonium Circus (VHS tape). Amarillo, TX. Directed by George Whittenburg Ratliff.
- Alec Baldwin (2003). Meet Your Meat (DVD). Directed by Bruce Friedrich.
- Bruce Friedrich (2003). Vegetarianism in a Nutshell (audio file). Directed by Bruce Friedrich.
- Bruce Friedrich (2004). "American Candidate" (TV series).
- The Huffington Post. "Bruce Friedrich". Retrieved 2009-05-03.
- "U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame". Bethesda, Maryland: Farm Animal Rights Movement. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
- Heffern, Rich. "Bruce Friedrich: Advent and factory farms". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
- "Does God Support Factory Farms?".
- Hermann, Peter (27 May 2011). "Baltimore police tell teacher to stop leafleting at Inner Harbor". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
- "Exercising First Amendment rights in the Inner Harbor". Baltimore Sun. 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
- Alex Mclease, "PETA Debate: On Tolstoy and Bonsai Trees," The Harvard Crimson 15 September 2009
- Everett Rosenfeld, "PETA VP On Hand for Meaty Debate," Yale Daily News 4 April 2010
- Rachel Jackson, "Singer Wins Vegetarian Debate, 75-35," The Daily Princetonian 1 October 2010.
- Tajwar Mazhar, "Cornell Forensics Society Debates Meat With PETA," The Cornell Daily Sun 1 November 2010.
- The Chicago Debate Society, News, University of Chicago 2011.
- American Candidate TV Show
- Bruce Friedrich's writing in the Huffington Post
- GoVeg.com - PETA's Vegetarian web site constructed under Friedrich's guidance
- YouTube Interviews with Bruce Friedrich
- Bruce Friedrich's posts at Alan.com, Alan Colmes' Web site
- Debate between Gary Francione and Bruce Friedrich, Animal Rights National Conference, 2013.
- Publisher's webpage on The Animal Activist's Handbook