The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals

The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals

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by Jenny Brown
     
 

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

Jenny Brown was just ten years old when she lost a leg to bone cancer. Throughout the ordeal, her constant companion was a cat named Boogie. Years later, she would make the connection between her…  See more details below

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

Jenny Brown was just ten years old when she lost a leg to bone cancer. Throughout the ordeal, her constant companion was a cat named Boogie. Years later, she would make the connection between her feline friend and the farm animals she ate, acknowledging that most of America’s domesticated animals live on industrialized farms, and are viewed as mere production units. Raised in a conservative Southern Baptist family in Kentucky, Brown had been taught to avoid asking questions. But she found her calling and the courage to speak out. She left a flourishing career as a film and television producer after going undercover and exposing horrific animal abuse in Texas stockyards.

Bringing to life this exhilarating transformation, The Lucky Ones introduces readers to Brown’s crowning achievement, the renowned Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary she established with her husband in 2004. With a cast of unforgettable survivors, including a fugitive slaughterhouse cow named Kayli; Albie, the three-legged goat; and Quincy, an Easter duckling found abandoned in New York City, The Lucky Ones reveals shocking statistics about the prevalence of animal abuse throughout America’s agribusinesses.  Blending wry humor with unflinching honesty, Brown brings a compelling new voice to the healthy-living movement—and to the vulnerable, voiceless creatures among us.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I've been a fan of Jenny's sense of humor and passion for years, but my appreciation has just reached a whole new level. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. I laughed, I cried, and I marveled at this remarkable woman and her incredible story. The Lucky Ones is an absolute treasure."
Rory Freedman, bestselling author of Skinny Bitch

“The Lucky Ones is a passionate, approachable story that lets us see the connections between us and the rest of the beings with whom we share the planet. It'll make you want to hug a bunny!”
Isa Chandra Moskowitz, bestselling author of Vegan with a Vengeance

"If you care about animals, and if you believe that actions speak louder than words, The Lucky Ones is written for you. It will open your heart and inspire you to greater alignment between your compassion and your life.  Jenny Brown's book is beautiful and a blessing."
John Robbins, bestselling author of The Food Revolution

“Most people are grossly uninformed about the abuses and hazards of animal agriculture. Shining a light on the appalling practices behind America’s agribusinesses, The Lucky Ones is an eye-opening, candid, and irreverently funny memoir from an inspirational activist who shows how much difference one person can make in the world.”
Gene Baur, founder of Farm Sanctuary and bestselling author of Farm Sanctuary

“Jenny is a bold, straight-shooting activist whose inspiring story will motivate everyone who wants to help end the suffering of those who can't speak for themselves.”
Doron Petersan, author of Sticky Fingers’ Sweets

“Jenny Brown is a tireless advocate for precious, yet voiceless creatures everywhere. Her new book The Lucky Ones is powerful, beautiful and heartbreaking – in the best way. This book could change the world, but only if you read it.”
Kris Carr, bestselling author of Crazy Sexy Diet

“Jenny Brown’s passion for helping farm animals flows off of every page. The Lucky Ones is an affecting read, a cri de coeur for animals, a tale of personal triumph over adversity, a chronicle of institution-building, a love story, and a narrative of inspiration all at once.”
Wayne Pacelle, President of the Humane Society of the United States

Library Journal
Having been comforted by her cat when she lost a leg to bone cancer at age ten, Brown grew up enamored of animals and eventually became concerned about those on farms. She quit her job as a film and TV producer to document awful animal abuses in the Texas stockyards, then founded the celebrated Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. Here's your chance to visit; go, animals!
Kirkus Reviews
Animal-rights activist Brown explains why she considers being a vegan to be a moral imperative. In this debut memoir, written with the help of Primack (The Slow Creaking of the Planets, 2007), the author presents a reasoned if controversial case that it is not enough to expose the abuses committed in factory farms and large slaughterhouses, while continuing to eat eggs, drink milk or wear wool or leather clothing. She describes abusive practices used to sheer sheep on small farms--e.g., scraping off the animal's skin when its wool becomes infested. Noting that humans and animals should be operating on a level playing field--"Animals are here with us, not for us--that's my motto"--she describes the events in her life that led her to this radical conviction, beginning with years of recovery from bone cancer in her childhood that included partial amputation of her leg and culminating with the creation of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in 2004. One of the threads of her intriguing story is her fierce determination to lead an active life despite her disability. During her orientation at the University of Louisville, she first came into contact with animal-rights advocates from PETA and became involved in demonstrations protesting the use of animals to test the safety of medicines and cosmetics. She was arrested wearing a rabbit suit while picketing Gillette. The vignettes about the animals in her care are charming, but this is not a cozy story. Much food for thought even for those who don't embrace Brown's ideology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101588888
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/02/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
8 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“Jenny Brown is a tireless advocate for precious, yet voiceless creatures everywhere. Her new book The Lucky Ones is powerful, beautiful and heartbreaking – in the best way. This book could change the world, but only if you read it.” –Kris Carr, bestselling author of Crazy Sexy Diet

Meet the Author

Jenny Brown is the cofounder and director of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary—a not-for-profit organization and farm animal shelter—a vegan animal rights activist, and previously worked as a television producer until 2002.

Poet and journalist Gretchen Primack is the author of the chapbook, The Slow Creaking of Planets.

Both authors live in Ulster County, New York.

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