About Us

Formed in 2012, the IVRA is the leading international pressure group for vegan rights.

The IVRA is an international network of vegans working together to promote veganism in law and to campaign for the international implementation of vegan rights. We are mainly composed of legal professionals but welcome interested non-legal professionals who would like to join our network to support our mission.

Steering Group

Click on the images to see a short bio of the steering group members.

Dr Jeanette Rowley

Dr Jeanette Rowley

Jeanette founded the IVRA in 2012 as a way of contributing to anti-speciesist discourse. Her PhD centres on the idea that vegans’ right to freedom of conscience brings human rights to a threshold where they intersect with animal rights.

Inspired by the philosophy of otherness developed by Emmanuel Levinas, Jeanette suggests that the legal recognition of vegans, whose claims present the moral standing of nonhuman animals, gives expression to the original duty to respond to suffering, which is entrenched in the idea of human rights. She argues that since the suffering narrative of human rights is grounded by the philosophy of otherness, it should explore the value of veganism in the search for a postmodern principle of inclusive justice.

Greg McFarlane

Greg McFarlane

Greg has been involved with the animal rights and vegan movements for the last 10 years and is currently a director of Vegan Australia. His focus is on reducing the barriers to veganism by campaigning for systemic changes which make veganism more mainstream, convenient, accessible and appealing. The work of the IVRA is in alignment with this.

Greg has been vegan for 20 years. His favourite quote is the Edgar's Mission motto "If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others... why wouldn't we?"

Ralf Müller-Amenitsch


Lucas has been involved with the IVRA since 2012, taking responsibility for the organisation's I.T. (including the IVRA website, blog, all graphic design & photography, etc.) and admin.

He believes that vegans have the right to manifest their ethical convictions in their daily lives and that promoting their legal equality can help in the struggle for animal liberation.

Barbara Bolton
Mag. iur. Petr Kudelka

Petr Kudelka

Petr Kudelka studied law, human rights and jazz guitar, currently working for the Vegan Society of Austria, coordinating a project on the human rights of vegans. He also works on human rights implications of community policing as well as privacy and data protection. He is interested in animal rights, drug policy and psychedelic research and is a passionate musician and meditator.

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IVRA Presence Worldwide

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