Shining World Compassion Award recipient Jeremy Hess is a dear friend of nonhuman animals and a bright, intelligent animal rights communicator. He founded the illuminating website Vegan Interactions to support and mentor new and existing vegans, as well as to address human issues from the perspective of the animals.
A highlight of Jeremy’s work is his volunteer video streaming at FRIEND Farm Animal Sanctuary, a forever vegan home for farm animals as well as an education center for sustainability in the United Kingdom. These videos showcase how farm animals are valuable individuals, how cows hug, pigs say thank you, and turkeys that affectionately hang out with people.
Upon learning about his caring deeds, our Cherished Supreme Master Ching Hai, “Lovingly present Jeremy Hess of Vegan Interactions the Shining World Compassion Award, plus a US$10,000 humble contribution to further this inspiring, noble work.” From Supreme Master Ching Hai, "Dear Jeremy, It is with great admiration and gratitude that we present to you the Shining World Compassion Award, for nurturing kindness towards animals within the community. This award is presented in recognition of your outstanding advocacy for veganism to protect our precious animal friends heralding a brighter and kinder future for all co-inhabitants. You Said: 'I started Vegan Interactions to help us find ways to inspire people to respect other animals and their rights.' Promoting animal rights, you highlight their individual personalities, commonalities with humans and familial lineage. This means seeing them as someone verses something, regardless of their species. For passionately striving for a loving world for all beings, for making a case for animal rights and for your loving wisdom, we hereby applaud and celebrate the great compassionate deeds of Jeremy Hess. May the Light of God shine brightly on you with boundless blessings. With great honour, love and blessings in God’s grace, Supreme Master Ching Hai."