About the founders
John was born in the UK in 1951 and served 5 years in the British Royal Army Veterinary Corps. After leaving the army John became Chairman of the Hunt Saboteurs Association in 1974.
Jo HicksIn 1975 Jo and John founded the famous Animal Activists animal welfare organisation which in a few short years changed the face of animal welfare in the UK and influenced animal welfare activity world-wide.
They organised frequent sit-ins in Harrods fur department, regularly demonstrated outside every fur shop in Oxford Street and closed Swears and Wells which was the biggest fur chain in the UK. They also held sit-ins in vivisection laboratories to highlight the suffering inflicted on the animals. They organised countless demonstrations outside and inside numerous zoos to get conditions improved and campaigned against circuses with live animal acts.