Matt Ball

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Matt Ball
Born (1968-01-02) January 2, 1968 (age 50)
Toledo, Ohio, US
Residence Tucson, Arizona, US
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Illinois (MS); Carnegie Mellon University (MS)
Known for Co-founder and past Executive Director of Vegan Outreach
Notable work The Animal Activist's Handbook (with Bruce Friedrich) (2009)
Spouse(s) Anne-Marie Green[1]
Children Ellen

Matthew Michael Ball (born January 2, 1968[2]) is an American animal activist. He is Senior Advisor for VegFund.[3][4] In 1993, Ball co-founded Vegan Outreach with Jack Norris.[5] Ball served as the group’s Executive Director for 21 years. He is the co-author, with Bruce Friedrich, of The Animal Activist's Handbook (2009).[6] He was inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2005.[7]

Biography

Ball was born in Toledo, Ohio.[2] His parents are Cornelius Francis Ball and Judith Anderson Ball, both of Toledo.[8] Cornelius Ball is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.[9] Before founding Vegan Outreach, Matt Ball obtained an M.S. in Forest Ecology at the University of Illinois, and an M.S. in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He held a research fellowship in the Department of Biology at the University of Pittsburgh.[5]

Matt Ball married Anne Green on February 20, 1993 in Urbana, Illinois;[2][10] their daughter Ellen Katya Green was born on July 16, 1994, in Pennsylvania[11] and was raised as a vegan.[12] Matt and Anne live in Tucson, Arizona. Anne is also vegan[13] and used to work for Vegan Outreach.[14]

Ball says: "[W]e must focus on getting people to consider their first step toward compassion, rather than arguing for our current philosophy or diet. Most non-vegetarians tune out when told to go vegan but may consider starting to make changes like adopting Meatless Mondays or eating fewer chickens."[15]

See also

Notes

  1. "Descendents of James McNamara and Joanne Moore". Ancestry.com. Archived from the original on 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2014-03-06. Anne-Marie Green<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Ball Family - Matthew Michael Ball". Family Record. Archived from the original on 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2014-03-06. Martin Ball › Virgil George Ball › Cornelius Francis Ball › Matthew Michael Ball<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Official Announcement". A Meaningful Life, A Better World. 2014-09-25. Retrieved 2015-01-21. We are very excited to announce that Matt Ball is joining the VegFund team!<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "The VegFund Team". VegFund. Retrieved 2015-01-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Matt Ball". New York City: Lantern Books. Archived from the original on 2014-02-19. Retrieved 2014-02-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. The "Biographies" chapter in Ball, Matt; Friedrich, Bruce (2009-04-06). The Animal Activist's Handbook: Maximizing Our Positive Impact in Today's World. Lantern Books. ISBN 978-1590561201. Lay summaryThe Huffington Post (2009-04-13).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame". Animal Rights National Conference. Farm Animal Rights Movement. Archived from the original on 2014-03-17. Retrieved 2014-03-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Ball Family - Cornelius Francis Ball". Family Record. Retrieved 2014-03-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Commencement Exercises" (PDF). University of Notre Dame. 1959-08-04. p. 15. Retrieved 2014-03-06. THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND LETTERS ... The Degree of Bachelor of Arts on: ... Cornelius Francis Ball, Rye, New York<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. French, Frank (2002-04-08). "On Being Vegan" (Enewsletter). Vegan Outreach. Archived from the original on 2014-02-19. Retrieved 2014-02-19. Anne and Matt were married in February, 1993, and when Anne became pregnant in the fall of that year, they agreed their child would be raised as a vegan.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Ball Family - Ellen Katya Green". Family Record. Retrieved 2014-03-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Vegan Children". VeganHealth.org. Davis, California: Jack Norris. April 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-02-19. Retrieved 2014-02-19. [Since Ellen's] birth, along with her parents Matt Ball and Anne Green, she has lived as a vegan.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Ball, Matt (2009-06-07). "Letter to a Young Matt". Vegan Outreach. Archived from the original on 2014-02-19. Retrieved 2014-02-19. I’m married to a vegan<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. Singer, Peter, ed. (2005-08-26). "Notes on contributors". In Defense of Animals: The Second Wave. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1405119412. Lay summary (2010-02-24).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. Lua error in Module:Citation/CS1/Identifiers at line 47: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).

Interviews

  • "Be Joyous and Humble: An Interview with Matt Ball". Vegan Outreach. 2002. Archived from the original on 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2014-01-10. Don’t argue. Offer information, and be honest and humble. Read How to Win Friends and Influence People<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • "麥特保爾 Matt Ball 的訪談(更長版本)". Vegan Outreach (in Chinese). 2002. Archived from the original on 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2014-02-19. 別和他爭論。提供資訊﹐並且要誠實和謙卑。讀讀<怎樣交朋友和影響別人>這 本書 Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>. Written in traditional Chinese characters.
  • "麦特保尔 Matt Ball 的访谈(更长版本)". Vegan Outreach (in Chinese). 2002. Archived from the original on 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2014-02-19. 别和他争论。提供资讯,并且要诚实和谦卑。读读<怎样交朋友和影响别 人>这本书 Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>. Written in simplified Chinese characters.
  • EarthSave Portland (2003). "Interview with Matt Ball by EarthSave Portland". Vegan Outreach. Archived from the original on 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2014-01-10. In general, people ... don’t want to be miserable. They want to be happy. Only those who seek solace (and/or identity) in rage will react well to arrogance and loathing; we can’t limit [our outreach] only to the conceited.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Fuente Vegana (January 2010). "Interview with Matt Ball by Fuente Vegana". Vegan Outreach. Archived from the original on 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 'Rights,' 'veganism,' and other human constructs are irrelevant -- all that matters is reducing as much suffering as possible.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • "Ayudar a los animales: Entrevista con Matt Ball". Fuente Vegana (in Spanish). January 2010. Archived from the original on 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 'Los derechos', 'el veganismo' y otras construcciones humanas son irrelevantes, todo lo que importa es reducir la mayor cantidad de sufrimiento posible. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • "Meet The Man Behind Vegan Outreach". MadeJustRight-EarthBalanceNatural. 2010-12-08. Archived from the original on 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2014-03-06. I'll take medicines that have been tested on animals, I'll drink tap water filtered with bone char, I'll eat a veggie burger cooked in a non-vegan restaurant, etc. -- all things that some vegans consider to be 'non-vegan.'<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • "ARZone interview with Matt Ball". Animal Rights Zone Transcripts. 2011-02-12. Archived from the original on 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2014-01-09. So the point isn't to show how into veganism I am, how much I know, how easy it is for me, or even, necessarily, what it will be like for them in X months. Rather, our goal should be to engage the person from where they are at the moment.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • "ACE Interviews: Matt Ball - Part 1". Animal Charity Evaluators. San Diego. 2014-04-08. Archived from the original on 2014-04-29. Retrieved 2015-01-21. Suffering is the bottom line, and reducing suffering as much as possible must be the singular goal. To choose the best tactic for reducing suffering as much as possible, all other considerations need to be set aside.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • "ACE Interviews: Matt Ball - Part 2". Animal Charity Evaluators. San Diego. 2014-04-08. Archived from the original on 2015-01-21. Retrieved 2015-01-21. Even though many vegans are quick to embrace and promote any and all claims that sound vaguely anti-meat, concerns for health have led to billions and billions of chickens suffering immensely<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Ball, Matt (2014-06-21). "Interview with Matt Ball" (PDF). Our Hen House (Interview). Interviewed by Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan. New York City. Retrieved 2015-01-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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