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Paul Shapiro
Portrait of Paul Shapiro, Animal Activist, 2013
Born (1979-07-03) July 3, 1979 (age 42)[1]
NationalityAmerican
EducationBachelor's degree, Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, George Washington University
OccupationAuthor and Activist
Known forFounding Animal Outlook (formerly Compassion Over Killing)
RelativesRyan Shapiro (brother)
AwardsAnimal Rights Hall of Fame (2008)[2]
Websitewww.paul-shapiro.com

Paul Shapiro is the author of Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World.[3][4] He's also the CEO and cofounder of The Better Meat Co. and the host of the Business for Good Podcast. Prior to publishing Clean Meat, he was known for being an animal protection advocate, both as the founder of Animal Outlook (formerly Compassion Over Killing) and a Vice President at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).[5]

Personal life[edit]

Shapiro is married to Toni Okamoto, author of The Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook and another cookbook titled Plant-Based on a Budget.[6][7]

TEDx Talks[edit]

Shapiro is a TEDx speaker, giving talks on a number of topics, including:

  • TEDx SouthLakeTahoe in 2017: Clean Meat: The Clean Energy of Food [8]
  • TEDx Mid-Atlantic in 2018: What Will Future Generations Think of Our Treatment of Animals?[9]
  • TEDx SunValley in 2017: We Are Better than How We Treat Animals [10]
  • TEDx University of Baltimore in 2018: Are We Doing More to Protect Aliens than Life on Earth?[11]

Clean Meat[edit]

Shapiro's book Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World,[12] is the first book to explore the work of start-ups that are growing real animal products without animals. It was named as Washington Post bestseller in the week of January 7, 2018.[13]

Reviews[edit]

  • Wall Street Journal: ‘Clean Meat’ Could Make Livestock Obsolete[14]
  • NPR: Clean Meat, Via Lab, Is On The Way”[15]
  • Fast Company: Our ‘Clean Meat’ Future Will Be Radical—But Also Inevitable[16]
  • Sydney Morning Herald: Brave new burger – the race to put lab grown meat on the table[17]
  • Psychology Today: Clean Meat Will Revolutionize Our Meals and the Entire World[18]
  • Big Think: Lab-Grown "Clean Meat" is Almost Here. Will You Eat It?[19]
  • Pacific Standard: Meat, Without All of the Blood and Guts[20]
  • Kirkus: Clean Meat review[21]

Excerpts and commentaries[edit]

  • Scientific American: Lab-Grown Meat is on the Way[22]
  • Reuters: Science fiction no more, can lab-grown meat feed — and save — the world?[23]
  • Quartz: Meet the startup that makes milk—without cows[24]
  • The Guardian: Lab-made meat could be the next food revolution[25]
  • Motherboard: Chicken Might Be the First Lab-Grown Meat to Make It to Your Grocery Store[26]
  • Globe and Mail: Why holiday meals might look radically different in the near future”[27]

Lab-grown leather-bound book[edit]

A copy of Clean Meat is the first book to be have been bound in lab-grown leather. The book, bound in “clean” leather grown by biotech start-up Geltor,[28] was auctioned off on eBay on January 22, 2018 for $12,790.[29] The leather-bound book was featured in many news stories, including:

  • San Francisco Chronicle: “San Leandro lab’s secret foray yields animal-free leather”[30]
  • Newsweek: “World’s First Animal-Free Leather Bound Book on Ebay for $10,000”[31]
  • Smithsonian Magazine: “This Book Is Bound in Lab-Grown Jellyfish Leather”[32]
  • Good Food Institute: “World’s First-Ever Clean Leather-Bound Book!”[33]

The Better Meat Co.[edit]

Shapiro co-founded The Better Meat Co. in early 2018 and serves as its CEO. The company's goal is to help meat producers improve sustainability by blending in the start-up's plant-based proteins in their ground meat products.[34] In 2019. Perdue partnered with The Better Meat Co. and started using The Better Meat Co.’s plant-based formula in its blended line of chicken tenders, nuggets, and patties called Perdue Chicken Plus.[35]

Business for Good Podcast[edit]

Shapiro co-founded the Business for Good Podcast with his partner Toni Okamoto in 2018. The two co-hosted the first season. Shapiro is the sole host of the podcast’s second season.[36] The show features companies and investors with a social mission to help solve problems such as pollution, food waste, unhealthy eating, animal cruelty, and more.[37]

Work with Compassion Over Killing[edit]

When he was thirteen years old, Shapiro stopped eating meat as a result of learning about the methods of meat production. About one month later, he stopped eating eggs and dairy.[38]

While a high school student at Georgetown Day School[39] in 1995, Shapiro founded the animal advocacy organization Compassion Over Killing, and served as an undercover investigator and its campaigns director until 2005.[40] Compassion Over Killing became well known for its investigative work exposing conditions for farm animals on factory farms, at livestock auctions, and at slaughter plants.

Shapiro helped spearhead the campaign to end the use of the "Animal Care Certified" logo on egg cartons in the United States. In that case, the egg industry was labeling eggs from hens confined in battery cages as "Animal Care Certified."[41] After Better Business Bureau rulings, federal petitions, investigations at "Animal Care Certified" egg facilities leading to media exposés, and other efforts, in September 2005, the Federal Trade Commission announced that the logo would be removed from egg cartons nationwide.

Shapiro received a B.A. from George Washington University in 2001, where he majored in peace studies and minored in religion.[42][43] He taught peace studies at a public high school in Washington, D.C.[44] He was profiled in a 2003 Washington Post Style section article entitled "Animal Pragmatism: Compassion Over Killing Wants to Make the Anti-Meat Message a Little More Palatable".[39]

In 2020, Compassion Over Killing changed its name to Animal Outlook.

Work with the Humane Society of the United States[edit]

From 2005 through 2016, Shapiro led many of HSUS's efforts to protect farm animals, including serving as Vice President of the organization's Farm Animal Protection campaign, including efforts to convince retailers, food service providers, and universities to end their use of eggs from battery-caged birds, pork from gestation-stalled pigs, and to expand their vegan options.[45] Additionally, the Farm Animal Protection campaign played a significant role in helping enact Proposition 2 in California, a 2008 ballot initiative that phases out veal crates, battery cages, and gestation crates in the nation's largest agricultural state.[46] The campaign was also central in Proposition 204, a successful 2006 Arizona ballot initiative that phases out gestation crates and veal crates, as well as Question 3, a 2016 similar Massachusetts ballot initiative. It has also helped pass laws to phase out gestation crates and other agricultural confinement practices in numerous other states.

In 2008, Shapiro was inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame.

In September 2016, six female employees at HSUS filed a complaint with HSUS human resources representatives over a pattern of inappropriate sexual behavior they had witnessed over the preceding six years. A month later Shapiro was moved to a different department to "advance HSUS' broader agenda."[47] He subsequently served as HSUS's Vice President of Policy for 16 months before departing to release Clean Meat in January 2018.

While at HSUS, Shapiro also authored "Moral agency in other animals", published in the 2006 edition of Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. He was also a contributor to Animal Welfare in Animal Agriculture.

Articles[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paul Shapiro - Facebook - About". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  2. ^ "U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame". Animal Rights National Conference. Farm Animal Rights Movement. Archived from the original on March 17, 2014. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  3. ^ Paul Shapiro (January 2, 2018). Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World. Gallery Books. ISBN 978-1-5011-8910-4.
  4. ^ "Plant-based 'dairy' products aren't new. Neither is the U.S. dairy industry's hostility". Washington Post. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  5. ^ "Paul Shapiro". Humane Society of the United States. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  6. ^ "Toni Okamoto wants to teach you how to live a 'plant-based' life". Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  7. ^ "Toni Okamoto wants to teach you how to live a 'plant-based' life". NBC News. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  8. ^ TEDx Talks (January 3, 2018). "Clean Meat: The Clean Energy of Food - Paul Shapiro - TEDxSouthLakeTahoe". Archived from the original on December 19, 2021. Retrieved March 23, 2018 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ TEDx Talks (September 6, 2018). "What Will Future Generations Think of Our Treatment of Animals? | Paul Shapiro | TEDxMidAtlantic". Archived from the original on December 19, 2021. Retrieved November 14, 2018 – via YouTube.
  10. ^ TEDx Talks (December 12, 2017). "We Are Better than How We Treat Animals - Paul Shapiro - TEDxSunValley". Archived from the original on December 19, 2021. Retrieved March 23, 2018 – via YouTube.
  11. ^ TEDx Talks (February 23, 2018). "Are We Doing More to Protect Aliens than Life on Earth? - Paul Shapiro - TEDxUniversityofBaltimore". Archived from the original on December 19, 2021. Retrieved March 23, 2018 – via YouTube.
  12. ^ "Clean Meat | the Bestselling Book by Paul Shapiro".
  13. ^ "Washington bestsellers: Hardcover nonfiction". Washington Post. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  14. ^ Scully, Matthew (January 5, 2018). "Review: 'Clean Meat' Could Make Livestock Obsolete". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 23, 2018 – via www.wsj.com.
  15. ^ King, Barbara J. (January 2, 2018). "Clean Meat, Via Lab, Is On The Way". NPR. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  16. ^ "Our "Clean Meat" Future Will Be Radical–But Also Inevitable". January 23, 2018. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  17. ^ Goodyer, Paula (December 18, 2017). "Brave new burger – the race to put lab grown meat on the table". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  18. ^ "Clean Meat Will Revolutionize Our Meals and the Entire World". Psychology Today. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  19. ^ Beres, Derek. "Lab-Grown "Clean Meat" is Almost Here. Will You Eat It?". Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  20. ^ "Meat, Without All of the Blood and Guts". Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  21. ^ "CLEAN MEAT by Paul Shapiro - Kirkus Reviews". Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  22. ^ Shapiro, Paul. "Lab-Grown Meat Is on the Way". Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  23. ^ Editorial, Reuters (February 26, 2018). "Commentary: Can lab-grown meat feed — and save — the world?". Reuters. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  24. ^ "Meet the startup that makes milk—without cows". Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  25. ^ "Lab-made meat could be the next food revolution: here's what it tastes like". January 31, 2018. Retrieved March 23, 2018 – via www.theguardian.com.
  26. ^ "Chicken Might Be the First Lab-Grown Meat to Make It to Your Grocery Store". January 2, 2018. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  27. ^ Shapiro, Paul (December 22, 2017). "Why holiday meals might look radically different in the near future". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  28. ^ "Home - Geltor - Conscious Biodesign for Advanced Proteins".
  29. ^ "World's First-Ever Book Bound in Real Leather -- Grown Without a Cow - eBay". eBay. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  30. ^ "San Leandro lab's secret foray yields animal-free leather". January 16, 2018. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  31. ^ "World's first animal-free leather-bound book starts bids at $10,000". January 19, 2018. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  32. ^ McKinnon, Mika. "This Book Is Bound in Lab-Grown Jellyfish Leather". Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  33. ^ "World's First-Ever Clean Leather-Bound Book!". Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  34. ^ "The Meat co".
  35. ^ "Perdue gets into plant-based food with blended Chicken Plus line". Food Dive. Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  36. ^ "Episodes — Business for Good Podcast with Paul Shapiro — Business for Good Podcast with Paul Shapiro". Business for Good Podcast. Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  37. ^ "The Business for Good Podcast with Toni Okamoto & Paul Shapiro | Spotlighting Companies Making Money by Making the World a Better Place". businessforgoodpodcast.com. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  38. ^ Shapiro, Paul (2003). "Paul Shapiro - A VegFamily Interview" (Interview). Interviewed by Doh Driver. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved December 31, 2012. I stopped eating meat at 13, and then quit eggs and dairy about one month later, after learning more about the cruelties involved in all sectors of animal agribusiness.
  39. ^ a b Montgomery, David (September 8, 2003). "Animal Pragmatism: Compassion Over Killing Wants to Make the Anti-Meat Message a Little More Palatable". The Washington Post. p. C01. Archived from the original on December 30, 2012. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  40. ^ Becker, Elizabeth (December 4, 2002). "Advocates for Animals Turn Attention to Chickens". The New York Times. Archived from the original on December 31, 2012. Retrieved December 30, 2012. ... Paul Shapiro, the 23-year-old founder and leader of Compassion Over Killing ...
  41. ^ Barrionuevo, Alexei (October 4, 2005). "Egg Producers Relent on Industry Seal". The New York Times. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
  42. ^ Lin, Doris. "Biography of Paul Shapiro, Guest Author". About.com. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved January 1, 2013. Shapiro received a bachelor's degree in peace studies from George Washington University.
  43. ^ Huffman, J. Ford (March 26, 2014). "Building a More Humane Society". GW Magazine. George Washington University. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 4, 2014. My voice is basically trying to halt the war we wage on animals. Most farm animals are tormented their entire lives.
  44. ^ Rhoads, Anai (June 2003). "D.C. Organisation Educates Public on Hen Abuses". Athens, New York: All-Creatures.org. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved January 1, 2013. Paul Shapiro holds a bachelors degree in peace studies from George Washington University and once taught peace studies at a public D.C. high school.
  45. ^ Rafferty, Steve (January 19, 2011). "University Dining Services Halts Use of Caged Eggs". The Hoya. Georgetown University. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved January 1, 2013. We starting working with some of the students in June of 2005
  46. ^ Shapiro, Paul (2008). "Making History for Animals: YES! on Prop 2". About.com. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved January 1, 2013. When passed, Prop 2 will phase out some of the most extreme confinement systems we force upon farm animals, including battery cages for laying hens, veal crates for calves, and gestation crates for breeding pigs.
  47. ^ "Female Employees Allege Culture of Sexual Harassment at Humane Society". POLITICO Magazine. Retrieved February 12, 2018.

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