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Matt Ball

Matt Ball
Born (1968-01-02) January 2, 1968
Toledo, Ohio
Residence Tucson, Arizona
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Illinois (MS); Carnegie Mellon University (MS)
Known for Co-founder and Executive Director of Vegan Outreach
Notable work(s) The Animal Activist's Handbook (with Bruce Friedrich) (2009)
Spouse(s) Anne-Marie Green[1]
Children Ellen

Matthew Michael Ball (born January 2, 1968[2]) is an American animal activist. He is executive director of Vegan Outreach,[3] which he co-founded in 1993 with Jack Norris, and is the co-author, with Bruce Friedrich, of The Animal Activist's Handbook (2009).[4] He was inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2005.[5]


  • Biography 1
  • See also 2
  • Notes 3
  • Interviews 4
  • Publications 5
  • External links 6


Ball was born in Toledo, Ohio.[2] His parents are Cornelius Francis Ball and Judith Anderson Ball (both of Toledo, Ohio).[6] Cornelius Ball is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.[7] Before founding Vegan Outreach, Matt Ball obtained an M.S. in Forest Ecology at the University of Illinois, and an M.S. in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He held a research fellowship in the Department of Biology at the University of Pittsburgh.[3]

Matt Ball married Anne Green on February 20, 1993 in Urbana, Illinois;[2][8] their daughter Ellen Katya Green was born on July 16, 1994, in Pennsylvania[9] and was raised as a vegan.[10] Matt and Anne live in Tucson, Arizona. Anne is also vegan[11] and works for Vegan Outreach.[12]

Ball says: "[W]e must focus on getting people to consider their first step toward compassion, rather than arguing for our current philosophy or diet. Most non-vegetarians tune out when told to go vegan but may consider starting to make changes like adopting Meatless Mondays or eating fewer chickens."[13]

See also


  1. ^ "Descendents of James McNamara and Joanne Moore".  
  2. ^ a b c "Ball Family - Matthew Michael Ball". Family Record. Archived from the original on 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2014-03-06. Martin Ball › Virgil George Ball › Cornelius Francis Ball › Matthew Michael Ball 
  3. ^ a b "Matt Ball".  
  4. ^ The "Biographies" chapter in Ball, Matt;  
  5. ^ "U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame". Animal Rights National Conference.  
  6. ^ "Ball Family - Cornelius Francis Ball". Family Record. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  7. ^ "Commencement Exercises".  
  8. ^ French, Frank (2002-04-08). "On Being Vegan" (Enewsletter).  
  9. ^ "Ball Family - Ellen Katya Green". Family Record. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  10. ^ "Vegan Children".  
  11. ^ Ball, Matt (2009-06-07). "Letter to a Young Matt".  
  12. ^  
  13. ^ Ball, Matt (2013-03-25). "Chapter 1". In Davidow, Ben. Uncaged: Top Activists Share Their Wisdom on Effective Farm Animal Advocacy ( 


  • "ACE Interviews: Matt Ball".  
  • "Be Joyous and Humble: An Interview with Matt Ball".  
  • "麥特保爾 Matt Ball 的訪談(更長版本)" [Be Joyous and Humble: An Interview with Matt Ball].  
  • "麦特保尔 Matt Ball 的访谈(更长版本)" [Be Joyous and Humble: An Interview with Matt Ball].  
  • Fuente Vegana (January 2010). "Interview with Matt Ball by Fuente Vegana".  
  • "Ayudar a los animales: Entrevista con Matt Ball" [Helping animals: Interview with Matt Ball]. Fuente Vegana (in  
  • "Meet The Man Behind Vegan Outreach". MadeJustRight-EarthBalanceNatural. 2010-12-08. Archived from the original on 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2014-03-06. I'll take medicines that have been tested on animals, I'll drink tap water filtered with bone char, I'll eat a veggie burger cooked in a non-vegan restaurant, etc. -- all things that some vegans consider to be 'non-vegan.' 
  • "ARZone interview with Matt Ball". Animal Rights Zone Transcripts. 2011-02-12. Archived from the original on 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2014-01-09. So the point isn't to show how into veganism I am, how much I know, how easy it is for me, or even, necessarily, what it will be like for them in X months. Rather, our goal should be to engage the person from where they are at the moment. 


  • Ball, Matt (2013-03-25). "Chapter 1". In Davidow, Ben. Uncaged: Top Activists Share Their Wisdom on Effective Farm Animal Advocacy ( 
  • Ball, Matt;   Foreword by Ingrid Newkirk. Book website: .
  • Ball, Matt (2005-08-26). "Chapter 14: Living and Working in Defense of Animals". In  
  • Eisman, George; Ball, Matt; Green, Anne (1994) [1984]. The Most Noble Diet: Food Selection and Ethics (4th ed.).   Foreword by Michael Klaper, M.D.

External links

  • Vegan Outreach, accessed 2014-01-22.
  • The Animal Activist's HandbookPublisher's webpage on
  • Schneider, Nathan (2011-04-22). "'Vegan' ≠ 'Vegan' ≠ 'Vegan'". A Candid Hominid. Archived from the original on 2014-03-06. Retrieved 2014-03-10. Matt Ball and Jack Norris, who formed [Vegan Outreach] in the early 1990s, have been adherents to utilitarian theory for over a decade.  An essay by an abolitionist, contrasting Matt Ball's approach with the approach favored by the author.
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