It was a slaughterhouse visit on behalf of a customer that radically changed his life.
Top banker Philip Wollen (68) later describes this visit as the “most shocking experience of his life”.
That was almost 30 years ago – the Australian is now vegan and one of the most important animals and human rights activists.
That is why, on his 40th birthday, he decided to use all of his fortunes to make his contribution as an animal rights activist and philanthropist against crimes against animals, people, and the environment.
Together with his wife Trix, he founded the “Winsome Constance Kindness Trust”, which supports projects in five categories worldwide: children, animals, the environment, the terminally ill, and aspiring young people.
Among other things, the foundation supports schools, orphanages, clinics, nature reserves, castration programs for street animals, vegan mobile restaurants, and much more – meanwhile more than 500 projects in 40 countries.
Wollen is also known as a supporter of the international marine protection organization “Sea Shepard”.
For his work against animal suffering, he received the Peter Singer Prize last year.
Philip Wollen describes the commitment to animal rights as the most important task in creating social justice since the abolition of slavery.
His engagement became known with the speech “Animals should be off the menu”, which he gave in 2012.
Here is his full speech in English with German subtitles:
In it, he addresses the effects of meat consumption:
“When I travel around the world, I see poor countries sell their grain to the West while their own children starve in their arms. And the West feeds this grain to its livestock. Just so we can have a steak?
Am I the only one who can see that this is a crime? Believe me, every piece of meat we eat is a slap in the tearful face of a hungry child.
When I took this child in the eye, how can I be silent?
The earth can produce enough food to satisfy the needs of all people, but not the greed of all people. “
He wants to be a role model and encourage other people to work as activists towards a societal renunciation of meat and to stand up for a compassionate world in which all living beings are treated and protected with respect and courageously.
Regards and good night, Venus