Brigitte Gothière

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Brigitte Gothière
Brigitte Gothière during the demonstration against the 1000-cow farm in Abbeville, 18 February 2012
Born (1973-05-18) 18 May 1973 (age 50)
Occupation(s)Animal rights and antispeciesist activist, editor
SpouseSébastien Arsac

Brigitte Gothière (born 18 May 1973) is a French animal rights activist, spokesperson and director of the animal rights organization L214, which she co-founded with her husband Sébastien Arsac. She was also the editor of the journal Cahiers antispécistes from 1998 to 2019.


Gothière was born on 18 May 1973; her mother was a nurse and her father, an electrical engineer. She studied mathematics and electronics in higher education.[1] In 1993, when she was a student, she decided to stop eating meat, as well as any animal products.[2] After graduation, she taught at a vocational high school[1] and taught applied physics in Lyon.[2]

With a few activists, in 2003, she launched the "Stop Gavage" collective, which fights against the force-feeding of geese and ducks.[3] This led to the establishment, in 2008, of the animal rights association L214, which disseminates shocking images of slaughterhouses to raise awareness of the animal cause;[4] Gothière is the spokesperson and director.[5] She has argued that "only a vegan society would amount to success", but that small steps are progress.[6]

Gothière was an editor of antispeciesist journal Cahiers antispécistes, from 1998 to the end of its publication in 2019.[7]

She is married to Sébastien Arsac, who is also an animal activist; the couple has two children, who are also vegan.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Brochen, Philippe (2017-01-11). "L214, animaliés" [L214, animalized]. Libé (in French). Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  2. ^ a b Garric, Audrey (2016-03-29). "L214, la méthode choc pour dénoncer les abattoirs" [L214, the shock method to denounce slaughterhouses]. Le (in French). Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  3. ^ "Conversation with Brigitte Gothière and Johanne Mielcarek of L214". Animal Charity Evaluators. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  4. ^ Robbins, Josh (2017-09-05). "Activists sued by French slaughterhouse after secretly filming 'abuse' of pigs". International Business Times UK. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  5. ^ "Animal activist turns French off meat a menu at a time". The Connexion. 2018-08-27. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  6. ^ Peltier, Elian (2018-05-25). "Scorned, Animal Rights Advocates in France Intensify Guerrilla Tactics". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  7. ^ "Présentation de la revue" [Presentation of the journal]. Les Cahiers antispécistes (in French). Retrieved 2020-07-31.