Animal Ambassador: Yessy Rivera
Get to know Yessy - one of World Animal Protection's Animal Ambassadors!
1. How and when did you hear about World Animal Protection?
I discovered World Animal Protection this past summer working for a pop up art installation for the benefit of elephants in NYC called Elepop. I was so inspired by their message I decided to host a photography event (in collaboration with the H Collective, a creative agency) where all of the proceeds were donated to World Animal Protection! You can watch footage of the Elepop event below!
2. What made you want to become one of our ambassadors?
When World Animal Protection reached out in regards to their ambassador program, I knew I wanted to continue to be an activist. Raising awareness is the first step to invoking change and it is an honor be a part of this remarkable organization.
3. Which of our campaigns resonates with you the most and why?
Each of the World Animal Protection campaigns is tremendously impactful, however the Wildlife campaigns specifically addressing animal cruelty in tourism and entertainment resonated most with me personally. These magnificent creatures are put in extreme environments and sometimes forced to perform for our entertainment. It is my hope that within my lifetime, we live in a world where wild animals can thrive in their natural habitats, free from human disturbances.
4. Which activity/initiative has made you feel the most engaged in our mission to help animals around the world?
I love that World Animal Protection has partnered with Instagram to address a code of ethics when taking wildlife selfies on vacation. This is setting a standard across social media and I think can lead to the end of cruel wildlife selfies.
5. What is your favorite animal?
My favorite animal has to be the gentle giant that never forgets, the elephant.
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Yessy was instrumental in raising awareness for our partnership with Elepop and educating visitors on World Animal Protection's work to save elephants around the world.