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About Us

Who We Are and What We Do

Red Fox

What We Stand For

The St. Louis Animal Rights Team is a not-for-profit educational/activist group, formed in 1985, and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in 1988. Our goals are to:

► Educate society about the rights of all species to live freely and die naturally

► Expose the harm and suffering caused by the denial of animals’ natural rights

► Promote the adoption of lifestyles compatible with the animal rights philosophy

► Promote the reform of social institutions to be compatible with animal rights


  • Do you have a Board of Directors?
    Yes, we have a Board of Directors, with official positions. We also have administrative personnel. All of these jobs are strictly volunteer-based. Here is our current Board: President, Bonnie Boime Vice-President, Caty Brown Treasurer, John Chapin Secretary, Lori Hedrick Director, Mike Deitrich Legal Adviser, Dan Kolde Administrative Assistant, Mare Florentino Mail Manager, Mare Florentino St. Louis VegFest Chair, Caty Brown
  • What are your by-laws?
    You can view START's by-laws here.
  • What are some of START's accomplishments?
    START has worked within the St. Louis and Missouri communities to gain rights and respect for all species. Here are some of our achievements.
  • What are your ongoing activities?
    We are involved in a broad range of activities, such as leafleting, demonstrating, educational booths at community events, and hosting our own events. Here are some more details.
  • Do you need volunteers for your various events and activities?
    Yes! We can always use dedicated volunteers to staff our booths, help at our events, join our demonstrations, work social media, and more. We especially need volunteers once St. Louis VegFest rolls around. You can read our Volunteer Policy and fill out our Volunteer Application if you are interested.
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