The Lucky Ones by Jenny Brown
My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals

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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 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 passion and the courage to speak out.

The Lucky Ones introduces readers to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary which Brown 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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Jenny Brown is founder and director of the Family Systems Institute in Sydney, Australia, where she has a counselling practice and trains mental health professionals and organisations. She has earned academic awards at the University of Sydney and Columbia University New York, and completed years of post-graduate education in systems approaches to counselling at Relationships Australia, Sydney; the Family Institute of Westchester, New York; and the Tavistock and Portman in London.
Published August 2, 2012 by Avery. 303 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy. Fiction

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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...

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The primary reason Brown founded the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary is to help animals that were once part of the commercial food industry.

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Christian Science Monitor

Many years ago, while studying in France, I visited an outdoor market.

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Open Letters Monthly

Jenny Brown was born again into animal activism when she made the mental leap from contemplating the personhood of her beloved childhood pet cat (who helped her through a harrowing childhood encounter with bone cancer) to contemplating the personhood of the countless farm animals whose lives were...

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Jenny Brown opens her memoir with the view from her office at the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, which she calls “Mission Control,” and a brief slice of daily life among the furred, hoofed, and feathered, and the humans who come to meet them.

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