Angi Metler co-founded APLNJ in 1983 and serves as its executive director. Angi has overseen its growth to a nationally recognized and highly respected state-wide organization with a staff of motivated, talented, and professional animal protection advocates. Angi has organized hundreds of campaigns, demonstrations, marches, outreach events, educational conferences and seminars. After becoming aware of the typical American eating habit’s devastating effects on billions of animals, our planet, and the health of millions of people, Angi became vegan in 1983. Since 1988, Angi has been involved with black bear protection and education and was instrumental in forming the Coalition to Protect New Jersey Black Bears. APLNJ and the Bear Education And Resource Group host the coalition, which represents over 800,000 New Jersey residents, and has been successful in stopping eight bear hunts, and prevented seven others from moving forward.