Mark Gold
Born1953 (age 70–71)
Birmingham, England
Alma materYork University
Occupation(s)Animal rights and veganism activist, writer
Children1 (stepson)

Mark Gold (born c. 1953) is an English animal rights and veganism activist and writer. He has worked for Compassion in World Farming and Animal Aid, organised vegan events and is the author of four books on animal issues, a novel and two books on Wolverhampton Wanderers F. C. He is the founder of the charity the Vegan Compassion Group (formerly the Vegetarian Campaign Group).

Life and career

Mark Gold was born in Birmingham c. 1953 and studied English at York University. He lives with his partner, Emily, and stepson, in Devon, close to Honiton.[1]

Gold worked for Compassion in World Farming from 1978 to 1983, before becoming National Organiser. He was Director of Animal Aid for 12 years.[2] In 1992, he directed the short film Their Future in Your Hands for Animal Aid.[3] In 2017, Gold organised Animal Aid's three-week Vegan Festival of Britain.[4] In 2021, he organised Exeter Vegan Market.[5] He continues to work for Animal Aid and also works for Citizens Advice.[6]

Gold has authored four books on animal issues: Assault and Battery: What Factory Farming Means for Humans and Animals (1983), Living Without Cruelty: Choose a Cruelty Free Lifestyle (1988), Animal Rights: Expanding the Circle of Compassion (1995) and Animal Century: A Celebration of Changing Attitudes to Animals (1998).[2] The Observer voted Living Without Cruelty as one of the top green books of the period.[6] In 2008, he published his first novel Cranks and Revolutions, which won praise from the British politician Tony Benn.[7] He has published two books on Wolverhampton Wanderers F. C.: Under a Wanderers Star: Forty Pain Filled Years Following the Wolves (2002) and The Boys from the Black Country (2010).[6]

In 1986 Gold founded the Vegetarian Campaign Group, to "promote the ideals and practice of vegetarianism as a means of advancing the mental, physical and moral improvements of mankind". It has been since renamed to the Vegan Compassion Group, and promotes veganism. The charity operates in the UK, Nepal and Ethiopia.[8]







  1. ^ Lacey, Hester (19 February 1995). "How We Met". The Independent. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  2. ^ a b Tansey, Geoff; D'Silva, Joyce, eds. (2019) [1999]. "About the Contributors". The Meat Business: Devouring a Hungry Planet. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-000-12433-0.
  3. ^ "Their Future in Your Hands (1992)". BFI. Archived from the original on 1 December 2021. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  4. ^ Ramsbottom, Tracey (26 April 2017). "Vegan Festival of Britain 2017 - What's happening near you". Somerset Live. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  5. ^ Merritt, Anita (20 July 2021). "Exeter vegan market back next week after 16-month Covid-enforced absence". Devon Live. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  6. ^ a b c "The Boys from the Black Country". SportsBooks. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  7. ^ "Sidmouth author praised by Tony Benn". Sidmouth Herald. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  8. ^ "Vegan Compassion Group - Charity 327281". Charity Commission for England and Wales. Retrieved 31 July 2023.