About

Formed in Northern California in 2013, Compassionate Living is a 501c3 non-profit organization working for a world where no animal has to suffer at human hands. Through outreach campaigns, educational initiatives and community building activities, Compassionate Living works not only to relieve the suffering of farmed animals, but to show how we can build a more sustainable, just and non-violent world, one where we can all prosper in peace and vibrant health.

Compassionate Living hosts a monthly Speaker Series featuring knowledgeable speakers and film showings throughout the year. Our Outreach Team is energizing the county with educational video outreach, leafletings, and tabling; informing our community about the suffering of farmed animals and the benefits of a plant-based diet. We are the main sponsor and organizer of the Sonoma County VegFest, a celebration of compassionate eating going on our 5th year in 2018, as well as the Berkeley Earth Day in Live Oak Park in Berkeley, CA.

Statement of Purpose

To create a compassionate world where farmed animals are free from human imposed suffering by promoting lifestyles choices which support and protect farmed animals and by sharing the benefits of a vegan diet for the planet, for the animals, and to help our community thrive in good health.

Compassionate Living’s Executive Director

PS Hope with Chicken (3)Hope Bohanec has been active in animal advocacy and environmental activism for over 25 years and published the book The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat? She is a nationally recognized leader and speaker in the animal protection movement, and is currently serving as Projects Manager for United Poultry Concerns. She is the primary organizer for the annual Conscious Eating Conference at UC Berkeley, the Sonoma County VegFest and the Berkeley Earth Day.

Here is a link to a video presentation by Hope called The Humane Hoax and an interview with the 28-year vegan veteran.

Compassionate Living’s Board of Directors


Melanie Walker, Secretary
Aja Heisler, Treasurer
Deborah Blum
Mandy Cimino
Russell Walker