Paul Barthel, a native of Chicago, he grew up in Illinois and Wyoming. A Chef entrepreneur and restaurant owner who worked behind the scenes in kitchens for over thirty years in both large venues and small restaurants. A dedicated Animal Rights advocate who pushed to establish an Illinois law recognizing pets in domestic law. He is the founder of the animals rights organization, Voices for Pets and currently pursuing Michigan, Iowa, and Ohio further establish identical laws in addition to puppy mill legislation, and furthered anti-cruelty measures. Barthel is also a strong opponent and activist against the Yulin Dog Festival. He currently volunteers for a variety of welfare organizations. Mr. Barthel is currently working on his next publication.