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Book Review: The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight For Farm Animals

The Book: The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight For Farm Animals


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About the Book: 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.

About the Authors: Jenny Brown is the Co-Founder and Director of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary—a not-for-profit organization and farm animal shelter located in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Jenny is an outspoken vegan animal rights activist who previously worked in television production until 2002 when she went undercover in Texas to film farmed animal abuse. That experience led her to dedicate her life to helping farm animals and raise awareness of their plight. Jenny’s story and the work of her sanctuary has been featured in the New York Times, Cosmopolitan Magazine, New York Magazine, New York Daily News, Rolling Stone Magazine, NPR’s Weekend America and more. You can read more about her and the sanctuary at

Co-writer Gretchen Primack is a poet and essayist and an administrator and writing professor with Bard College’s Bard Prison Initiative. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, FIELD, Best New Poets 2006, and many other journals. Her chapbook, The Slow Creaking of Planets, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2007. An animal rights activist, she lives in the Hudson Valley with a beloved human and several beloved rescued animals. Her website is

The One Green Planet VerdictJenny Brown’s motto is that animals are here with us, not for us and her memoir showcases how her life embodies these words. In hew new memoir, The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight For Farm Animals we get a behind the scenes look at the making of a farm sanctuary as told by the co-founder of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.Brown is somewhat of a rock star among vegans, at least here in NYC.  I knew some of Brown’s story after visiting the farm years ago, but I was intrigued to learn about her background in documentary film and work as an undercover animal cruelty investigator.  Brown emotionally recounts  her work to capture footage of injured cows in Texas stockyards. The footage she uncovered was used to help the co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, Gene Baur, promote the Downed Animal Protection Act to mandate humane euthanasia for animals so injured they are unable to walk or stand on their own. Interestingly, some of the footage also appears in the incredibly moving film Peaceable Kingdom.

Embedded throughout this account of Brown’s personal life and the journey to founding Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary is extensive information about the cruelty of factory farming and animal testing. The book concludes with an appendix of recipes and resources including book, movie and website suggestions for those who may be new to the world of animal rights and activism. While this may be old news for the vegans and animal rights activists, Brown’s story will certainly prove as a source of renewed inspiration for taking action for animals.

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