Paul Shapiro serves as the vice president of policy for The Humane Society of the United States, the world’s largest animal protection organization. He helps spearhead legislative initiatives to prevent animal abuse, engages with major retailers to help end the cruelest practices from their supply chains, and works to increase demand for plant-based proteins by reducing consumption of animal products.
In 1995, Shapiro founded Compassion Over Killing as a high school club, building it into a national organization over the next decade; he left in 2005 to start The HSUS’s farm animal protection program. Today, COK is one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to combatting factory farming, with offices in Los Angeles and Washington, DC.
An inductee into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame, Shapiro has been interviewed by hundreds of print, broadcast and online news outlets as an authority on farm animal welfare and animal advocacy. He’s also published dozens of articles about animal welfare in publications ranging from daily newspapers to academic journals.
Shapiro is also the author of a forthcoming book on the clean meat movement (Simon & Schuster's Gallery Press).
Shapiro is represented by Anthony Mattero, Foundry Literary & Media.
Selected academic publications
"A Decade of Progress toward Ending the Intensive Confinement of Farm Animals in the United States," Animals, an Open Access Journal, May 2017. Authored by Sara Shields, Paul Shapiro, and Andrew Rowan.
"Feasting From the Federal Trough: How the Meat, Egg & Dairy Industries Gorge on Taxpayer Dollars While Fighting Modest Rules," from the 2016 textbook, Impact of Meat Consumption on Health and Environmental Sustainability
“The Jewish Vegan,” anthology edited by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, 2015. (Contributed chapter titled, “Lying Down with the Lamb: Toward a More Peaceful Relationship with Our Fellow Creatures”)
“Animal Welfare in Animal Agriculture: Husbandry, Stewardship, and Sustainability in Animal Production,” 2013 textbook, contributor
"Moral agency in other animals," Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics (2006 edition)
Selected popular publications
“How eating less meat could save you more money,” MarketWatch, April 2017
“Fighting Animal Cruelty Now May Be Like Battling Segregation Yesterday,” The Forward, March 2017
“We Are Seeing Animals in a Different Light,” Newsweek, December 2016
“Election Ballot Debate Series: Should Mass. Ban Some Confinement Of Certain Farm Animals?,” WBUR, September 2016
“Waste less food by eating less meat,” The Greenville News, September 2016
“What happened when McDonald’s demanded cage-free hens,” Chicago Sun-Times, September 2016
“Today’s chickens more like Frankenbirds,” Savannah Morning News, June 2016
“The swift rise of cage-free eggs reveals Americans’ changing view of the moral universe,” Quartz, March 2016
“The Elephant-Sized Subsidy in the Race,” National Review, February 2016
“Chickens Can Only Dream of Being Treated Like Pets,” Orlando Sentinel, February 2016
“Humane Society Urges Action on Gestation Crates,” Two River Times, January 2016
“Love Cage-Free Eggs? Thank Arizona,” Arizona Republic, October 2015
“Bird flu: USDA should lead on animal welfare,” Cedar Rapids Gazette, August 2015
“It’s time for Turner egg factory to go cage free,” Bangor Daily News, August 2015
“It’s high time to eliminate cage confinement for egg-laying hens,” Modesto Bee, June 2015
“A plant-based diet can help save water,” Sacramento Bee, May 2015
"What’s the Meat Industry Trying to Hide?,” National Review, April 2015
“Missouri pork producers should drop inhumane practice,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 2015
“Pigs in Illinois stuck in the Dark Ages,” Chicago Sun-Times, December 2014
“Industry hides animal cruelty instead of ending it,” Spokesman Review, October 2014
"Factory farming affects public as well as animals," Louisville Courier-Journal, June 2014
“One Pizza, With Extra Federal Handouts,” Reason, March 2014
"Quit Meat, Save Dough," New York Daily News, June 2014
"Eat Less Chicken," The Baltimore Sun, April 2014
"A Meaty Resolution," Houston Chronicle, January 2014
Selected television and radio interviews
Bred to Suffer: Paul Shapiro on Animals in Factory Farming, Point of Inquiry, August 2015
Autism and Animal Science, StarTalk Radio with Neil deGrasse Tyson, April 2015
The Debate Over State Laws Requiring Bigger Cages for Hens And Livestock, Dian Rehm Show, WAMU, January 2015
Return of Foie Gras Pits Restaurants, Farmers Against Animal Groups, The Forum with Michael Krasny, KQED, January 2015
USDA Suspends Calf Slaughterhouse, CNN Headline News, January 2014
Animal Welfare and the Food We Eat, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU, January 2014
Ag-Gag Bills Spark Controversy, CNN Saturday Morning, April 2013