Gary Yourofsky

Gary Yourofsky Story:

Gary Yourofsky was born August 19, 1970. He is an American animal rights activist and lecturer. His work has had a major influence on contemporary veganism.

Yourofsky was sponsored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) between 2002–2005. He has given many public lectures encouraging veganism. In 2010, Yourofsky’s popularity rapidly accelerated globally. This was especially true in Israel following the release of a YouTube video of him giving a speech at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The video received millions of views and has been translated into ten languages. Yourofsky is respected by many and criticized by others for his alleged extreme views. Gary Yourofsky has arrested 13 (1997–2001) and imprisoned for 77 days in a Canadian maximum security prison during 1999. His crime? Raiding a Canadian fur farm in 1997 to release 1,542 minks. He has a permanent ban restricting him from entering two countries.

On March 30, 2017, Yourofsky declared an end to his activism work, stating: “My tank is completely empty, so I will no longer be online or active in any capacity besides helping students with animal rights projects and answering emails from people who are beginning their vegan journeys.”

Born into a Jewish family in Detroit, Michigan, United States, he was raised in Oak Park. Yourofsky has “a giant tattoo of himself, wearing a mask and holding a rabbit, covering most of his right forearm.”

In an interview in 2013, Yourofsky stated he was a “troublemaker” in high school. Apparently failed to sign up for math classes during the entire four years, in a deliberate rebellion of the requirements. At the conclusion of his senior year, he challenged his principal to hold him back, but she approved his graduation instead. His website states that he holds a B.A. in journalism from Oakland University and a radio broadcasting degree from Specs Howard School of Media Arts.

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