Our Animal Rights division works with partners who are tackling animal abuse, and worse, head on. As a Vanguard member of PETA’s ecosystem, we are working with PETA to bring awareness and social change to the inhumane conditions and behaviors that animals are subjected to by organizations, companies and even countries for food or profit. As a Vegan, Michael Gulitz believes, “The commandment – Thou Shall Not Kill! – means animals too.”
Another organization that the GF supports is the ASPCA. We think they complement our work with PETA, to take the battle to the streets. ASPCA goes into backyards and even homes, backed by law enforcement to rescue domestic animals from life-threatening conditions such as starvation, dog-fighting, puppy-breeding factories, hoarding, and just plain neglect.
Being a former Marine, this division holds a special place for GF’s Chairman. “There is a brotherhood among those that serve our country. There is also an obligation that we have to help the veterans that have served honorably. At times, they need more assistance than is available through government-back agencies and programs.” – Michael Gulitz
“Expose and combat the inhumane, honor those who have served & sacrificed and celebrate great expressions of our humanity.” – Michael Gulitz
Michael Gulitz grew up in small town that has some of the best drinking water on the planet. The company “Mountain Valley Water” was the first to bottle and have nationwide distribution of natural spring water for consumption and located about 5 miles from Michael’s childhood home. Living in such a beautiful place, with seemingly unlimited ecological resources, left a life-long impression on Michael. He believes, “This is a world-wide problem, but there needs to be a considerable local focus to stop the behaviors and practices that have polluted our rivers, lakes and oceans.” Through awareness and education, we can make an impact immediately by changing the way we treat water as consumers.
The Support and Preservation of the Arts division works with partners and organizations that are stepping up where our schools are falling behind. It has been apparent for some time now, that the first programs to go when our local education systems are facing budget cuts, are the arts and music programs. Art is our deepest human expression. It separates us from every other species on the planet. The GF is committed to supporting the uniquely human expression.