by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Causes, Print.
Photo: Ali Berman

The animal rights movement is full of devoted activists working hard each day to make the world a safer place for animals. However, one could argue that Jenny Brown, co-founder of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, is the most passionate and dedicated of them all.

If you’ve ever had the good fortune of meeting Jenny, she’s exactly the kind of person you want advocating for the cause. She’s charming, funny, knowledgeable, and seems to be on a single mission. She’s here to save lives, both at the sanctuary, and in the larger world by educating others about veganism and living a life of no harm.

We can’t be more thrilled to share with you that her new book “The Lucky Ones” hit shelves just a few days ago. From her childhood growing up in a conservative Southern Baptist family, through her battle with bone cancer when she lost one of her legs, her early love of animals, and to her present day life on the farm, the book chronicles Jenny’s path to animal rights, and will challenge readers to question how they treat animals. As the Christian Science Monitor said about the book, “I recommend this book to all readers but with a warning to meat-eaters: You will be challenged to contemplate a lifestyle change.”

Wayne Pacelle, president of HSUS said about the debut, “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.”

For New Yorkers, Jenny Brown’s book release party is happening tonight at Moo Shoes, the vegan boutique.

You can also hear Jenny talking about the book on The Diane Rehm Show.

And once you’ve read “The Lucky Ones”, we know you’ll desperately want to visit the sanctuary, a home to over 200 animals, where you’ll meet, perhaps my favorite turkey in the world, Timmy. (See below.) Or, maybe the new piglets will steal your heart. It’s hard to say.


About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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