Matthew A. King

Matthew A. King will be presenting “Dominion: The Christian Perspective on Animal Rights.” He is the President and Co-Founder of the Christian Animal Rights Association, as well as the author of the recently published, I Will Abolish the Bow: Christianity, Personhood, and the End of Animal Exploitation. The organization will be selling t-shirts, tote bags, books, and other merchandise; as well as distributing educational materials. Be sure to stop at their booth to purchase an autographed copy of his new book!

Pigsburgh Squealers Rescue

Pigsburgh Squealers Rescue 501(c)3 pet pig rescue based in SW PA educates and supports mini pig owners – rehoming, seeking, or just needing some help. Hear about their animals, and how you could support them.


Humane Action Pittsburgh is a 501(c)3 charity dedicated to animal protection through education, policy, and community action.  They have passed 17 local laws to date and have educational programming dedicated to wildlife, farm animals, pollinators, and companion animals.  They also work towards the reduction and elimination of single-use plastic for the purpose of protecting marine and avian life.

Dr. Brian Bonsteel, President and Founder, is a practicing general and cosmetic dentist honored to be chosen as one of Pittsburgh Magazine’s “Top Dentists.” Understanding that lawmaking is key to solving animal problems that are too big for rescue alone, he founded Humane Action Pittsburgh (HAP) to introduce local legislation and educate the public about animal advocacy and lobbying. In 2015, the HSUS presented Brian with the “Advocates We Love” award. 

Natalie Ahwesh, Executive Director, monitors and evaluates pending policy, regulatory, and legal action at the federal, state and local level that may have an impact on animal protection. She works with local stakeholders, including policy makers, police officers, public safety officials, and elected officials to ensure current laws and policies are being enforced. In 2017, she was awarded as District Leader of the Year by the Humane Society of the United States and, in 2019, she was honored as one of the Incline’s “Who’s Next” Animal Advocates and PUMP’s and Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 Under 40 honorees for her work with HAP. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s Degree from The George Washington University. 

Sally Lipsky, PhD

Sally Lipsky, PhD, is a plant-based nutrition educator and author and leader of Plant-based Pittsburgh!

Dominic A. Brandy, MD

Dominic A. Brandy, MD is a medical doctor practicing anti-aging and aesthetic medicine for over 38 years. He has published over 70 articles in the peer reviewed scientific literature, and given over 200 lectures at major physican conferences. As a cancer survivor, he is the author of a book called “Beat Back Cancer Naturally,” which describes five scientifically proven natural ways to prevent, survive, and thrive with cancer.