Happy Hen founder, Zoe Rosenberg (age 18) travels the country giving talks and leading protests to fight for the rights of farmed animals everywhere. As shown on the left, she gave her first keynote address at National Animal Rights Day in San Francisco when she was only 12 years old. Over the years since, she has given countless talks at events, marches, and rallies around the country, including her popular TED talk on animal activism. Zoe has also made national headlines for many high profile protests, including for chaining herself to the gate of a slaughter house in California, drawing attention to the use of the facility by California State University. Zoe was recently named Youth Activist of the Year by the National Animal Rights Conference in Washington DC, and awarded the Paul McCartney Veg Advocate Award for her work as a young activist fighting for animal rights and founding an animal sanctuary. In 2020 Zoe graduated from high school (as Valedictorian) and enrolled as a student at U.C. Berkeley where she continues to fight for animals.
LEVI STADIUM - PROTEST
2019 NCAA Football Championship Game
Zoe Rosenberg, at 16 years old, was arrested on live national television at the 2019 NCAA Football Championship Game in Levi Stadium (Alabama versus Clemson). Her brave protest was intended to draw attention to animal abuse in the factory farming industry and specifically targeted Levi Stadium because of their ties to a poultry producer that was accused of horrifically abusing animals.
Chained to a Slaughterhouse
At age 16, Zoe Rosenberg discovered that a major university in California had a working Slaughterhouse on campus and that students in certain animal related majors were required to take a class that involved slaughtering animals. Outraged she has organized many protests, drawing attention to this practice to the students, faculty, and media. One such protest involved chaining herself to the slaughterhouse gates, which resulted in her arrest. It also resulted in Zoe having direct conversations with the University president, the Student Government, and other members of the university community as she works to fight for change.
At age 15, Zoe Rosenberg gave an inspiring TED talk in front of 2000 people on the campus of California State University (CalPoly), recounting her experiences as an Animal Rights Activist starting from Age 11 and continuing through her entire youth. Although she was the only under 18 years old to present at the event, her talk was the only one selected by TED.com to be featured on their main site. You can watch Zoe's TED talk here.
The "Dodger Dog" Protest
At age 14, Rosenberg received national press attention for a bold protest against the Los Angeles Dodger regarding the treatment of animals related to the "Dodger Dogs" sold in the park. She and a few other activists ran onto the field during a game with banners and were arrested on live television. Arrested and jailed by the LAPD, Zoe refused to be intimidated, even when the police officers mocked her and said they would eat hot dogs in front of her.
Animals, Climate, Pandemics
Zoe talks with California Governor Gavin Newsom
In 2021, during the COVID Pandemic, Zoe Rosenberg talks with California Governor Gavin Newsom, expressing her concern about factory farming and its devastating impact on animals, the climate, and the rising spread of global pandemics.
Zoe leads a march in Berkeley California
Portland Veg Fest
Zoe speaks about the Animal Rights Movement and compares its progress to other social justice movements across history.