Jan/Feb 2012 Volunteer Spotlight: Neel Parekh

Neel Parekh

By Kimberly Dreher, VegFund Program Director

Neel became an animal rights activist after seeing PETA’sMeet Your Meat video. Shortly thereafter, he founded theUniversity Vegetarians, a student organization at the University of Texas at Austin (UT).

As a film student at UT, Neel produced, wrote, shot, and edited the short documentary, Free Range, which clearly shows there is no such thing as humane slaughter. The film also features an interview with Brooke Chavez, founder and director of Sunny Day Farms Animal Sanctuary, the largest farm animal sanctuary in Texas.

After college, Neel volunteered for a number of organizations, including PETAMercy for AnimalsAction for Animals, and Farm Sanctuary, and serves on the board of directors for Sunny Day Farms Animal Sanctuary.

Neel currently works full-time for PETA as an Audio Visual Editor, combining his passion for animal rights and video production. As an editor, he shoots/edits some of PETA’scelebrity PSAs, interviews, photo shoots, peta2 videos, and many others. Below are a few examples:

Neel has also used his talents to help VegFund with editing videos for mobile devices, text messaging campaigns, foreign language subtitles, social media clips, and screening shorts for inclusion on VegVids.com. Neel’s passion and dedication to the animal rights movement is inspirational, and it is our great honor to recognize him as the volunteer of the month.