Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Dr. Leslie Stewart was one of the most loyal, hard core animal activist I have ever met. He was well known for (the kick that was heard around the world) kicking in the doors at the vivaririum of the UCLA Brain Research Institute earning him the nickname "Lead Foot Les".

In my 30 years of hardcore activisim I have never seen anyone with such commitment to exposing vivisection and abolishing any type of animal exploytation.

After our trial for the 1988 breakin at UCLA, Les and I were sentenced to 90 days and 45 days respectivly. Les went on to prove his dedication and commitment further by doing an extensive hunger strike while in the "hole" (the worst part of any prison or jail) for over 30 days.

(Chris DeRose and Dr. Leslie Stewart at Court Surrender)

As a doctor he went on to debate the invalidity of vivisection against other doctors and scientist.

Until the day he died he never stopped fighting for the animals. He is survived by his amazing wife Suzie who is also in the medical field and just as loyal to the animals as Les.

(Chris DeRose, Suzie Stewart and Dr. Leslie Stewart)

Together Les and i have served 4 different sentences together in jail for the animals. I got to know him well and I will miss my dear friend very much.

Anyone who knew Les will feel the same way, at the same time he left us with an inspiration to follow.

1 comment:

  1. If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ~St. Francis of Assisi

    RIP great warrior.