Ella Van Cleave is a prominent environmental and animal activist, known in certain circles for her thoughtful arguments against cetacean captivity with four years of activism under her belt. She's one of the foremost voices on the subject -- and at 16, she's also one of the youngest.
Van Cleave, a Tennessee native now living in Victoria, Canada, was first thrown into the world of activism at the storied age of twelve, when she saw the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove," the film that exposed the brutal dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan. Since then, the only career she's envisioned for herself is conservation. As she told The Dodo, that film "opened the floodgates" for her advocacy career.