“Animals are with us, not for us” – Jenny Brown, The Lucky Ones
This weekend Jenny Brown, co-founder of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, visited Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh to discuss her memoir, The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals and then stopped by the site of the future Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge! Thanks to the Triangle Vegan Club and especially to 2013 Pledge Linda James for making this happen!
Brown’s memoir is a candid, wry look back on her evolution from casual meateater to passionate animal rights activist. She and her husband Doug founded Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in 2004, and since then it has grown into one of the most successful sanctuaries and vegan outreach efforts in the country. Woodstock has rescued hundreds of animals from neglect, abuse, and slaughter while educating the public about factory farming and animal exploitation. After explaining the misery of factory farms to her audience, Jenny told much more hopeful stories of the animals that escaped and made their way to her Woodstock sanctuary, like Petunia, Patsy and Judy, and Dylan. Jenny’s presentation was a galvanizing reflection of each individual’s ability to refuse to participate systematic injustice simply by going vegan.
In The Lucky Ones, Jenny frequently quotes the German theologian Albert Schweitzer, who famously wrote “Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.” Sanctuaries like Woodstock not only save hundreds and even thousands of animals, they show us all the peaceful, joyful existences animals can live once freed from the unnecessary suffering we consign to billions of others. As daunting as those numbers can be, remember: We can change that! Go vegan today!