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Jane Goodall, PhD Biography

Founder and President of the Jane Goodall Institute
Pro to the question "Should People Become Vegetarian?"

“In the early 1970s, I learned about the horrors of intensive animal production… This happened suddenly as a result of reading Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation. I had never heard of a factory farm before and as I turned the pages I became increasingly incredulous, horrified and angry…

I can still remember how I felt when I closed Singer’s book. I thought about the delicious pork chops that I loved, the heavenly smell of frying bacon in the morning. And all the roast chicken, casseroled chicken, fried chicken, and chicken soup that I had enjoyed during my life… When I saw meat on my plate, from that moment on, I should think of pain-fear-death. How horrible.

And so it was clear. I would eat no more meat.

The good news is that vegetarian – and vegan – food is not only good for the environment, the welfare of animals, and human health, but it is also delicious when properly cooked…

I recognize that, for many people, giving up meat would be extremely hard. But if everyone knew and faced up to all the facts, most would either opt for drastically cutting their meat consumption and eating only free-range animals, or giving up meat altogether. For the mass production of meat on intensive farms is taking its toll not only, as we have seen, on the well-being of the animal victims, but also on human health. And it is wreaking havoc on the environment whether the animals are factory-farmed or grazed.”

Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and President, Jane Goodall Institute, 1977-present
  • United Nations Messenger of Peace, 2002-present
  • Explorer-in-Residence Emeritus, National Geographic Society
  • Member, Advisory Council, Save the Chimps
  • President, Advocates for Animals, 1998-2008
  • Recipient, Hubbard Medal, National Geographic Society, 1995
  • Founded the Lake Tanganyika Catchment Reforestation and Education project TACARE, 1994
  • Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Anthropology and Occupational Science, 1991-present
  • Founder, Roots and Shoots program, 1991
  • Former Visiting Professor, Psychiatry and Human Biology, Stanford University
  • Began her study of chimpanzees in Tanzania, 1960
  • PhD, Ethology, Cambridge University, 1965
  • Born in London, England, Apr. 3, 1934
  • Recipient of the Medal of Tanzania, the National Geographic Society’s Hubbard Medal, Japan’s Kyoto Prize, Spain’s Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research, the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science, and the Gandhi/King Award for Nonviolence