Zoe Rosenberg

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Zoe Rosenberg
Zoe Rosenberg(16) - Animal Activist (original).jpg
Born (2002-06-13) June 13, 2002 (age 17)
OrganizationHappy Hen Animal Sanctuary

Zoe Rosenberg (born c. 2002) is an American animal rights activist and the founder of Happy Hen Animal Sanctuary, a California-based sanctuary for abused and mistreated farmed animals.[1][2][3] Rosenberg founded Happy Hen when she was 11 years old, and since then it has grown into a large animal sanctuary that has given homes to nearly 1000 animals from across California.[4][5][6] Rosenberg also speaks on animal rights related issues, starting at 12 years old when she gave a keynote address at National Animal Rights Day (NARD) in San Francisco.[1] At age 14, Rosenberg received national press attention following an action against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 4, 2016 in protest of the treatment of animals related to the "Dodger Dogs" sold in the park.[7] She and a few other activists ran onto the field during a game with banners and were arrested on live television.[3][8][9][10]

In 2017, Rosenberg gave a TED talk at age 15, recounting her experience as a young animal activist.[11][12] In 2017, Rosenberg was honored as Youth Activist of the Year at the Animal Rights National Conference (ARNC) in Washington DC.[13][14] In 2018, Rosenberg was one of four finalists nationally for PETA's 13th Annual Young Animal Activist Of The Year award.[15][16]

In 2018, Rosenberg was detained by police while protesting the slaughter of a pig at an on-campus slaughterhouse at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), drawing attention to the fact that animals were being routinely slaughtered at this public university.[17][18] Later in 2018, she was arrested for chaining herself to a gate at a slaughterhouse, bringing awareness to what she believes are the ugly aspects of food production.[19][20][21][22] Her protest and arrest was live-streamed on Facebook, the video watched by over 50,000 people while it was happening and many more after the fact.[23]

Working with DxE (Direct Action Everywhere) and actor James Cromwell in 2018, Rosenberg helped lead the rescue of 100 turkeys from the Norbest slaughterhouse in Utah, many of which were taken to Happy Hen Animal Sanctuary in California.[24][25][26][27]

Rosenberg (age 15), arrested for chaining herself to a slaughterhouse in 2018
Zoe Rosenberg (age 17) speaks in front of San Francisco City Hall in 2019 to demand an Animal Bill of Rights. Hundreds of activists hold signs in background.[28]

In 2019, Rosenberg received national attention for conducting a high profile protest on live television during the NCAA Football National Championship Game in Levi Stadium. The protest was aimed at animal products sold in the stadium and the inhumane conditions at supplier facilities.[29][30][31]

in 2019 Zoe Rosenberg was awarded the Paul McCartney Veg Advocate Award for her work as a young activist fighting for animal rights and founding an animal sanctuary, with special focus on her work to push Rose's Law, an Animal Bill of Rights.[32]

In 2019 Rosenberg was arrested at Amazon office headquarters in San Francisco for super-gluing her hand to the front desk, in protest of the conditions at animal facilities that supply Whole Foods. The protest was live-streamed for two hours as police worked to remove her hand, drawing attention to the conditions at the facility and promoting Rose's Law.[33][34]


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