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VIRGINIA MARKUS

Co-founder

Antispeciesist author and activist, she was a social worker and has worked for many years with teenagers and young adults who have broken away.

Before her career as a coordinator of socio-professional integration measures, she worked in a veterinary clinic abroad, where she was able to set up an adoption system for street animals.

After giving several conferences about antispeciesm and participating in numerous associative events, she published Dairy industry, an open wound to be sutured? with the Éditions l'Âge d'Homme in 2017, after a year of investigation in this field. In parallel to this book, she also published videos of hidden cameras in a slaughterhouse and livestock farms in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Here began her militant commitment on a larger scale. Using civil disobedience, but also conferences, radio or television debates, she seeks to get the society to react in order to recognize fundamental animal rights. In September 2018, she published an antispeciesist manifesto, Disobeying with Love, published by Labor et Fides. That same year, she began training in interspecies communication.

PIERRICK DESTRAZ

Co-founder

Artist, he started his career as a drummer in the rock band Wooloomooloo (Sony Music) at the beginning of the 90s, then continued with the famous punk-musette band Explosion de Caca from 2000 to 2014, which will become Ze Grands Gamins in 2016 alongside the singer Henri Dès (his father). He also writes a biography on the latter (From son to father) as well as humorous and satirical chronicles for the satirical newspaper Vigousse, the magazine Femina and the public radio channel Couleur 3 between 2006 and 2012.

In addition to his musical career, he became an actor and collaborated with the Avracavabrac improvisation troupe in 2003, before writing and touring two solo shows (2015 and 2018) retracing the history of Rock under his stage name, Tonton Pierrick. In 2019, he will initiate an artistic project of a completely different style by covering his father's old songs for adults with the release of the album Le Temps Perdu.

His life took a militant turn in 2017 after adopting a dog and meeting Virginia Markus. He is therefore committed to the antispeciesist cause, as he's always been sensitive to injustice perpetrated against animals and humans alike. He is committed to helping people towards greater serenity, particularly by offering introductions to meditation.