The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals

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By Jenny Brown

Jonathan Safran Foer meets Jeffrey Moussaieff Mason in a poignant, provocative memoir of  survival, compassion, and awakening to the truth of our foodstuff system.

Jenny Brown was once ten years previous while she misplaced a leg to bone melanoma. during the ordeal, her consistent spouse was once a cat named Boogie. Years later, she might make the relationship among her tom cat buddy and the cattle she ate, acknowledging that the majority of America’s domesticated animals live to tell the tale industrialized farms, and are seen as mere creation devices. Raised in a conservative Southern Baptist family members in Kentucky, Brown have been taught to prevent asking questions. yet she stumbled on her ardour and the braveness to talk out.

The fortunate Ones introduces readers to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary which Brown confirmed along with her husband in 2004. With a forged of unforgettable survivors, together with a fugitive slaughterhouse cow named Kayli; Albie, the three-legged goat; and Quincy, an Easter duckling came across deserted in big apple urban, The fortunate Ones reveals stunning information concerning the incidence of animal abuse all through America’s agribusinesses.  mixing wry humor with unflinching honesty, Brown brings a compelling new voice to the healthy-living movement—and to the susceptible, unvoiced creatures between us.

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Flashlights at the moment are referred to as “torches. ” whatever small is “wee. ”) Our acquaintances Dan Piraro and Ashley-Lou Smith, die-hard animal activists whom we’d met at a Farm Sanctuary occasion, have been additionally excited to come back up from Brooklyn to aid out. They turned founding board contributors besides Kirsti and the glorious Libra Max, the daughter of artist and animal rights champion Peter Max. Andy Glick, who ran the Woodstock Animal Rights circulate (WARM) shop and association in Woodstock, allowed us, with professional documentation, to start taking tax-deductible donations less than his nonprofit umbrella. those tremendous humans enabled us to actually hit the floor operating. Our new chook coop choked with citizens speedy. Rio, a hen stumbled on at the streets of recent York urban, was once our first actual resident. His rescuer was once retaining him in her urban condo yet had to locate him a house prior to her pals complained. a chain of calls led her to us, and Chris and Kirsti provided to foster him of their residence in Woodstock (an event they enjoyed) whereas we readied the coop. quickly after Rio’s front got here a gaggle of hens rescued from the Buckeye Egg Farm, an incredible manufacturing facility farm with a countrywide recognition for environmental irresponsibility and inhumane practices. whilst tornadoes touched down and ravaged the city of Croton, Ohio, the place Buckeye relies, a number of of the farm’s warehouse constructions have been destroyed. inside of these warehouses have been greater than 1000000 egg-laying hens restrained to cord battery cages that have been stacked row upon row. For them, there has been no caution that tornadoes have been coming and no likelihood of get away. Twelve of the fowl warehouses have been leveled. while the constructions’ aspects and roofs blew down, cages have been mangled and plenty of birds have been immediately killed, yet such a lot have been trapped helplessly, languishing with out entry to meals, water, or clinical consciousness. The proprietors determined how you can care for the wear and tear was once to only bulldoze the sheds jam-packed with thousands of trapped birds, the dwelling one of the useless. yet after loads of noise from rescue teams, the farms begrudgingly allowed rescuers to come back at some point and keep these they can sooner than the leveling. Devastated via what they observed yet undaunted, rescuers stored as many lives as attainable. 5 thousand hens have been stored, and Farm Sanctuary grew to become domestic to 1,200 of them—many of whom I lived round the corner to whereas i used to be there. because we didn’t have not-for-profit prestige but and have been utilizing our personal restricted money to start, we couldn’t absorb a major variety of birds, yet lets commence via taking in six. right here, they can proceed to get pleasure from their new lives outdoors a cramped cage, with grass lower than their toes, perches and warmth lamps at evening, and all of the sunshine and dirt baths they can deal with. while the hens arrived, we opened their shipping cages and watched them toddle tentatively onto the gentle flooring in entrance in their coop. I beamed as they flapped their wings, explored their new domestic, and interacted with each other. This used to be either a well-recognized and a brand new adventure.

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