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Mieke Leenders is a Belgian writer and social justice advocate currently residing in Costa Rica. Her love for animals and our environment had led her to become a vegetarian in 2002, which evolved into veganism several years ago. Mieke holds a master's degree in art history and certificates in teaching, journalism, and editing. She also takes any course she can find on environmental issues, public health, social-ecological systems, animal behavior, ecology, and epidemiology. Next to animal rights and environmentalism, Mieke is passionate about travel, art, writing short fiction and poetry, reading, and hiking.