From our executive director, Nicole Arciello:
This fall, exploited and abused animals everywhere lost one of their staunchest and most tireless defenders when Kelle Bruckman, HW Los Alamitos Organizer and California Outreach Coordinator, passed away.
When Kelle joined the HW team, she organized protests and, where she really shined, began tabling, putting together elaborate, welcoming interactive displays to educate Californians about the cruelties of horseracing. Last year, Kelle had great plans for the spring/summer – more VegFests, the Animal Rights Conference, etc. – but unfortunately the pandemic happened. True to her nature, she was very disappointed in not being able to get out there, being a voice for the horses.
Kelle’s work in behalf of animals was most certainly not limited to horseracing. She was a dedicated vegan activist who, among other things, joined pig vigils, fostered litters of special-needs puppies, volunteered at Best Friends and, as you’ll see in the photos below, worked with special-needs horses.
Kelle was a true gift, and the world is better for her having been here. We and the animals will forever miss you, Kelle. ❤