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A New Book by Sheri Speede: Kindred Beings

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Ever since she was a very young girl, Sheri Speede knew she wanted to work with animals, but she had no idea how far her youthful aspirations would take her.

After earning her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Louisiana State University, she moved to the Portland area, and in 1988, became a partner in Pacific Veterinary Hospital. She also served as Portland Veterinary Medical Association’s president.

During her tenure as a partner at PVH and president of the PVMA, Speede realized she wanted to help the animals for whom no one would speak. So, in the mid-90s she sold her share in the veterinary practice to become a full-time animal activist. She took on the role of Northwest director for In Defense of Animals, advocating for victims of industrial agriculture, animal testing, and circuses.

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All About IDA – Africa

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In 1997, Portland veterinarian Dr. Sheri Speede made her first trip to Africa. Seeing the impact that the illegal bushmeat trade had on the local chimpanzee populations of Cameroon, she vowed that she would do something to help save the lives of the innocent primates affected.

And, she kept that vow, by founding IDA – Africa, a foundation dedicated to the safety and health of native great ape populations.

So, what is the bushmeat? It’s basically a synonym for wild game. Native hunters have been consuming wild animals for sustenance since prehistoric times, but as human populations have grown, many animal species have become endangered due to over-harvesting.

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