Kelly Overton (animal rights activist)

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Kelly Overton
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Kelly Overton hiking the Mojave in July 2016.
Born Liberal, Kansas
Occupation Activist / Author

Kelly Overton is an author, activist and founder of Mojave Animal Protection (MAP).


Kelly Overton received a BA in Human Services Management from the University of Massachusetts Boston, an MPH in International Health and Development from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, a graduate certificate in Conservation Biology from Columbia University's Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, and an MPA from Harvard University's John F Kennedy School of Government.


His writings on humanity's mistreatment of animals have appeared in the Washington Post, Boston Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer, Austin American-Statesman, Buffalo News, Baltimore Sun and CounterPunch.

Kelly Overton was a contributor with Tom Regan, Lee Hall and others to the 2008 Greenhaven Press Current Controversies text book The Rights of Animals (ISBN 9780737741476) and co-wrote (with Peter Singer) the Preface to the 2010 edition of Outlawed In Europe (Archimedean Press). In 2016, Kelly Overton: Animals, Culture & Cruelty a collection of his writings was a best selling eBook.


In July 2016 Overton walked 200 miles from Joshua Tree, California to Las Vegas, Nevada to bring attention to the environmental protection needs of the Mojave Desert.

He is curating Resistance As Art, an April 2017 exhibit of animal, environmental and ecological justice art works. The exhibit includes works by Sue Coe, Marina DeBris, Dana Ellyn, Jonathan Horowitz, Jenny Kendler, Andy Singer and Jess X. Snow.