Mark Hawthorne is a leading figure in the Animal Rights movement. He is author of several seminal animal activism books including Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism, whose 10th Anniversary edition is published by Changemakers Books in 2018. Mark stopped eating meat after an encounter with one of India's many cows in 1992 and became an ethical vegan a decade later. His writing has been featured in Vegan's Daily Companion. He and his wife Lauren live in California.