Member Profile: Nanci Alexander The Kindest Thing You Can Do for Animals…
“The kindest thing you can do for animals is to get them off your plate.” Nanci Alexander’s words at PCRM’s Art of Compassion Gala in April 2007 reflect her life’s mission of building a compassionate and healthy society. And there’s no doubt that Nanci backs up her words with action.
In 1989, Nanci founded the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (ARFF) and has served as its president ever since. ARFF put an end to many petting zoos and cruel animal exhibits, opened a mobile free spay/neuter clinic, and brought about the cancellation of annual dove hunts held by Boy Scouts and a ban on carriage horses in two Florida cities. ARFF took a leading role in a hard-fought and successful battle to ban the use of gestation crates for pigs in Florida, the first time in U.S. history in which a specific factory-farming practice was banned. Nanci also donates her time and resources as an outspoken activist for many national and local animal organizations.
In 2003, Nanci built one of the world’s truly great restaurants. Located in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Sublime is a shining example of culinary art, with an extraordinarily varied menu of perfectly prepared and beautifully presented offerings, surrounded by Peter Max paintings and waterfalls. Small wonder Sublime has won the highest accolades in both local and national press (as you’ll see at www.sublimerestaurant.com). But the restaurant’s purpose runs deeper. Sooner or later, each diner comes to realize that every delicious bite is made entirely of plant-based ingredients. Cruelty is definitely not on the menu. In addition, 100 percent of Sublime’s profits go to organizations that promote animal welfare and a vegan lifestyle.
In 2005, Nanci Alexander was the first recipient of the PCRM Art of Compassion Award, which recognizes an individual whose life and work exemplify an extraordinary degree of compassion, extending this value as broadly as possible. Nanci Alexander is a brilliant visionary, working tirelessly to build a more compassionate world.