Krista Hiddema is the RAP Strategic Advisor. Sh is a social justice activist with nearly thirty years of experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. She lives by the motto that all oppression is interconnected, and she seeks to serve as a Voice for the Voiceless.
Krista spent six years as the vice president in Canada for Mercy For Animals, an international non-profit dedicated to protecting farmed animals. Her work on twelve undercover investigations of Canadian slaughterhouses and factory farms helped expose the truth of what happens behind the closed doors of these facilities. This work secured landmark legal victories for animals and led to five exposés on CTV’s W5, a CBC Marketplace episode, and other national and international media coverage.
Krista has spoken internationally on matters of farmed animal protection, and major media outlets have published her work.
Krista holds five degrees and designations, including a master’s degree focused on the human costs of the North American pork industry. Krista is currently working on her doctorate in social science at Royal Roads University with an expected completion date of February 2022.
Her particular area of academic interest is the intersectionality of oppression, and in particular she is focused on studying the value of individual relationships with farmed animals. She is doing this through application of the feminist care tradition in animal ethics, and in how these relationships are expressed through various artistic mediums.
Krista is also a member of the Editorial Team for the Journal of Critical Animal Studies.
Read more about Krista on her website.