Lady Freethinker (LFT) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) media organization dedicated to exposing and stopping suffering of animals, humans and the planet. Here you’ll find urgent news articles and petitions to help end cruelty and promote humane treatment of all species. With your support, we’re able to go beyond publishing as well, and provide direct aid to animals in desperate situations — such as those rescued from the cruel dog and cat meat trade.

Our petitions have collectively gained over 15 million signatures, directly saving animals’ lives and putting horrific cruelty cases right in front of the eyes of government officials, industry leaders and other decision makers.

LFT’s undercover investigations have made global headlines in Newsweek, The Guardian, Mashable and more, and most recently resulted in a historic win: the highest-ever animal cruelty sentence in the nation of Chile, handed to a dogfight breeder we exposed and reported.

Every day, our news articles educate people across the planet on important animal, human and environmental issues, and encourage readers to make more compassionate choices in their own lives. We expose animal suffering that may otherwise go ignored, and compel readers to join our efforts to protect animals from harm.

LFT holds the core belief that through our voice and our actions, we can evolve into a fair, peaceful and flourishing world for human and non-human animals.

Thank you for participating. Together, we can create a compassionate future for all.




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Nina with Zoe and Zora, two puppies rescued from the Korean dog meat trade

Nina Jackel is a global activist known for effecting change for animals around the world through her non-profit organization, Lady Freethinker.  As the founder of LFT, Jackel leads numerous divisions at the org. that expose cruel and illegal activities through undercover operations; targeted education to change outdated cultural norms; and galvanizing ordinary citizens to make a difference by signing petitions for government and law enforcement.

Jackel founded LFT in 2013 as a personal blog and maintained it while working as campaign director at a prominent international animal advocacy organization in Los Angeles. As a writer and editor for numerous publications, Jackel understood the power that the media has to illuminate, educate and influence.

The impact of her work was almost immediately felt. A petition Jackel started to stop a school hunting contest in which children as young as five years old were rewarded for killing possums resulted in public outrage that shut down the event in 2017.

Today at LFT, Jackel leads a team of dedicated writers covering breaking news and grassroots actions with the mission of creating a more compassionate world. So far, Lady Freethinker has published thousands of news articles and amassed more than 10 million signatures on petitions to fight cruelty to dogs, cats, farmed animals, animals in entertainment and more.

In recent years, Jackel expanded LFT to go beyond publishing, providing direct aid to dogs and cats rescued from the horrors of the meat trade in Asia, and sponsors educational ads for the public in these regions that show how dogs are family, not food.

Jackel’s newest undercover division shut down a dogfight breeding operation in South America last year, with the surviving dogs finding permanent homes with loving families and the perpetrator now facing legal consequences.

Also on the legal front, in 2019 Jackel and LFT became part of a coalition to pass the foie gras ban in the state of New York to help end violent force-feeding of geese for a luxury food product that many restaurants and retailers already refuse to sell over animal cruelty.

A philosophy major in college, Jackel believes that humans can evolve for the better through reason and compassion, and feels that animal rights are among the most important social justice issues of our time – one that is centuries behind and overdue for advancement. Bringing society up to speed through Jackel’s three-pronged approach of investigations, petitions and educational awareness is her goal with LFT.


Lady Freethinker is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, EIN # 47-4213802. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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