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Thomas Ponce

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Thomas Ponce

Thomas Ponce

Thomas Ponce is a 17 year old animal rights advocate and a citizen lobbyist from Casselberry, FL. Thomas is the Founder and President of  Lobby For Animals, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization. He is also the Coordinator for Fin Free FL and a grant advisor on The Pollination Project Environmental/Animal Rights Board.

Thomas believes that speaking out against injustice is not only a pivotal part of progress, it is our responsibility. Thomas created Lobby For Animals as a way to teach people about the importance of lobbying for animal rights and the environment and to offer the tools necessary for success in the political arena.  The Lobby For Animals website has training videos that give step by step instructions and tips on how to be an effective lobbyist, contacts for government representatives, templates of sample letters, mentoring and more. “As citizens we have the opportunity, and the responsibility to change the future of things. By educating ourselves, raising awareness and getting involved in the political process we are leveling the playing field and letting our representatives know we are there and willing to fight for what we believe in; protecting the rights of all animals, our civil liberties and the environment” explains Thomas.

His work has also been featured by  The Thinking Vegan, Bite Size Vegan , Fins and Fluke Radio, Disrupt Lobbying, AAVS Magazine , Pelagic Love and a number of local newspapers and magazines. Thomas has received awards from The Pollination Project, his City Commissioners Office, the Farm Animal Rights Movement as well as The Prudential Spirit of the Community Award and The Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Thomas’s work embodies his organizations motto” Don’t just dream of Change, Lobby for it.”

If you’d like to connect with Thomas, he can be found on Facebook as well as through his website www.LobbyForAnimals.org
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