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VIRGINIA MARKUS

Co-founder

Author and activist, Virginia is an educator by training and has worked for many years with adolescents and young adults at risk.


Before her career as a coordinator of social and professional integration measures, she worked in a veterinary clinic abroad, where she was able to set up an adoption system for street animals.


After having given numerous conferences on the antispeciesist theme and participated in countless associative events, she published Industrie laitière, une plaie ouverte à suturer? at Éditions l'Âge d'Homme in 2017, after a year of citizen investigation on this sector. In parallel to this book, she broadcasts hidden camera images of a slaughterhouse and farms in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, thus beginning her militant commitment on a larger scale: media and public. Using civil disobedience, but also conferences, radio or television debates, she seeks to make society react for the recognition of fundamental rights to animals. In September 2018, she published a manifesto, Désobéir avec amour, published by Labor et Fides.

Since 2019, she devotes herself full time to the association's sanctuary, managing the entire place. In particular, she offers training to people wishing to invest in an animal sanctuary project and accompanies breeders in their professional transition.

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PIERRICK DESTRAZ

Co-founder

Artist, he started his career as a drummer in the rock band Wooloomooloo (Sony Music) at the beginning of the 90s, then continued with the famous punk-musette band Explosion de Caca from 2000 to 2014, which will become Ze Grands Gamins in 2016 alongside the singer Henri Dès (his father). He also writes a biography on the latter (From son to father) as well as humorous and satirical chronicles for the satirical newspaper Vigousse, the magazine Femina and the public radio channel Couleur 3 between 2006 and 2012.

In addition to his musical career, he became an actor and collaborated with the Avracavabrac improvisation troupe in 2003, before writing and touring two solo shows (2015 and 2018) retracing the history of Rock under his stage name, Tonton Pierrick. In 2019, he will initiate an artistic project of a completely different style by covering his father's old songs for adults with the release of the album Le Temps Perdu.

His life took a militant turn in 2017 after adopting a dog and meeting Virginia Markus. He is therefore committed to the antispeciesist cause, as he's always been sensitive to injustice perpetrated against animals and humans alike. He is committed to helping people towards greater serenity, particularly by offering introductions to meditation. Since 2022, he has left the sanctuary to embark on a long journey by van.