The Protego Foundation Announces Its New President
The Protego Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization inspired by the Wizarding World, announced its new president today, February 13. The organization will be welcoming Marissa Price into the role, while its creator and cofounder, Tylor Starr, is stepping down.
Since its founding in 2014, the Protego Foundation has been at the forefront of creating change in the Wizarding World fandom in relation to its treatment of animals, and its campaigns such as Accio Vegan Butterbeer have received widespread support.
In a press release provided by the Protego Foundation, Starr spoke of the transition.
When Kathryn Henzler and I cofounded this organization, we were doing everything on our own, but we slowly started to bring on more volunteers who saw Hermione, Newt, and Luna’s activism for magical creatures and wanted to do the same in our world. With Price leading this team, I know that Protego’s next chapter will see even more victories and more animals helped.
Price was voted in as Starr’s replacement by the Protego Foundation’s board of directors last month, the press release notes. Price also spoke of the role that the Protego Foundation has played over the years.
I am honored to be aligning myself with [t]he Protego Foundation, the only organization working to make the wizarding fandom non-violent towards animals. The organization is a force for animal rights through its mission of educating fans on crucial issues by using the fantastical and enchanting lens of the magical world we all know and love.
Starr additionally mentioned MuggleNet by name in describing the work that the Protego Foundation has done over the years.
Thanks to [t]he Protego Foundation’s members and supporters, including sites like MuggleNet, live owls are banned from all licensed Harry Potter events and locations, [b]utterbeer can now be ordered without the dairy topping, and the fandom is now active for the magical creatures in our non-magical world. The Protego Foundation’s goal of making the Wizarding World fandom the kindest fandom to animals is coming to fruition, and I cannot wait to see it happen from the sidelines as a Protego supporter.
For more information about the Protego Foundation and to support its work, read the press release included below or visit protegofoundation.org.