Making Burros Fly: Cleveland Amory, Animal Rescue Pioneer

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Johnson Books, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 174 pages
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People who knew Cleveland Amory say it would be impossible to forget him and his compassion for animals. He is the loveable old curmudgeon, the author of The Cat Who Came for Christmas, a man who evolved from writer to animal crusader. Amory also created the Fund for Animals, an aggressive animal rights organization. This book chronicles Amory's amazing Army of the Kind--airlifting 500 burros set to be slaughtered from the depths of the Grand Canyon, saving pigeons and rabbits, stalking hunters, shooing buffalo. Along the way, he created sanctuaries for animals to save them from abuse and neglect, establishing a network of foot soldiers for his Army. The Fund never grew to the size of an organization like PETA, but it was an irritating presence to anybody who tried to hurt animals. The story of the Fund relates how far we've come, explores how far we need to go, and shows the type of personality needed to head the next generation of animal rights activists.

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About the author (2006)

Cleveland Amory is a humorist and humanitarian especially known for his books about animals and his animal advocacy. Amory was born in 1917 into a prominent New England family. Amory attended Harvard where he was president of the Harvard Crimson. Upon graduation, Amory became the youngest editor ever of The Saturday Evening Post. He served in Army Intelligence in World War II and soon after the war wrote a trilogy of social history studies, including The Proper Bostonians, which is still in print 50 years later. He also wrote The Last Resorts and Who Killed Society? Amory was social commentator of the Today Show and chief critic of the TV Guide from 1963 to 1976. He wrote a weekly column for the Saturday Review and delivered a daily radio essay titled Curmudgeon at Large. Amory became senior contributing editor of Parade magazine in 1980. In 1974 he wrote Man Kind? Our Incredible War on Wildlife, one of a few books ever to be awarded an editorial in The New York Times. This book inspired The Guns of Autumn, a CBS documentary on hunting. His books on cats include The Cat Who Came for Christmas, The Cat and the Curmudgeon, and The Best Cat Ever. In 1996 an anthology, Cat Tales: Classic Stories from Favorite Writers, joined his other cat books. Ranch of Dreams, published in 1997, tells the story of Black Beauty Ranch, a sanctuary and shelter for animals developed in East Texas by the Fund for Animals, which Amory founded in 1967. Amory lives in New York. He visits Black Beauty Ranch often and continues to be active on behalf of animals.

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