History of the Kenny Feldman Animal Advocate Award

Kenny Feldman

The Kenny Feldman Animal Advocate Award was a program of Compassionate Action for Animals that recognized a person, organization, or business whose outstanding work was helping farmed animals in significant ways. During the eight years of the award, 2015-2022, ten individuals were honored.

The award honored the memory of animal lover Kenny Feldman. Kenny thought animals were to be cared for and allowed to a live a life with freedom. He was a close friend of Compassionate Action for Animals co-founder Unny Nambudiripad, and inspired Unny to become an activist. Sadly, we lost Kenny to suicide in 1999.

From that tragic loss, the Feldman family moved to establish this award, in cooperation with CAA, to acknowledge the contributions of individuals who strive to create a more compassionate world. Stan and Carole Feldman, Kenny’s parents, were active in supporting animal advocates’ mental health and provided vital recognition to those making a difference for animals in the Twin Cities region.  As part of this, they created educational materials and provided critical support for people dealing with mental health issues themselves or those who were supporting struggling family members. 

Through these efforts and the impact they had upon so many lives—human and non human— Kenny’s memory lives on. For more information on the award and its discontinuation read here.

The following is the list of all award recipients: 

Award Recipients

2015: The Herbivorous Butcher

Aubry and Kale Walch of The Herbivorous Butcher







2016: Senator Scott Dibble

Scott Dibble
Minnesota State Senator Scott Dibble







2017: Christine Coughlin

Christine Coughlin, Minnesota State Director of the Humane Society of the United States









2018: Matt Mackall, Unny Nambudiripad, and Dave Rolsky

Matt Mackall and Unny Nambudiripad, CAA founders
Dave Rolsky, CAA founder at Poplar Spring Farm Sanctuary

2019: Shannon Kimball

Shannon Kimball
Shannon Kimball, Humane Educator and Program Coordinator for Bridges of Respect

2020: Ashley Riddle

Ashley Riddle, Animal Rights Coalition

2021: Terrell Woods, aka Carnage The Executioner

Terrell Woods, aka Carnage The Executioner

The Feldman family wants to thank CAA, Unny Nambudiripad, and current Executive Director Laura Matanah for their work over these eight year in helping preserve Kenny’s memory and continuing his legacy of being an animal lover and activist in animal rights campaigns. To learn more about Kenny and his legacy, visit the Remembering Kenny Feldman Facebook page.

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