The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals

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Penguin, Aug 2, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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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2.5/5 The Lucky Ones is a memoir of Jenny Brown, the owner of the Woodstock Animal Sanctuary. A childhood cancer survivor, Brown ties her experiences growing up with an artificial leg with her ... Read full review

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Simply put, Jenny Brown is one of my heroes. I've been lucky enough to visit Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary a few times and, on my first visit, took a tour that she led. We briefly spoke afterwards ... Read full review


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About the author (2012)

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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