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Mercy for animals : one man's quest to inspire compassion, and improve the lives of farm animals
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A compelling look at animal welfare and factory farming in the United States from Mercy For Animals, the leading international force in preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies. <br> <br> Nathan Runkle would have been a fifth-generation farmer in his small midwestern town. Instead, he founded our nation's leading nonprofit organization for protecting factory farmed animals. In Mercy For Animals , Nathan brings us into the trenches of his organization's work; from MFA's early days in grassroots activism, to dangerous and dramatic experiences doing undercover investigations, to the organization's current large-scale efforts at making sweeping legislative change to protect factory farmed animals and encourage compassionate food choices.<br> <br> But this isn't just Nathan's story. Mercy For Animals examines how our country moved from a network of small, local farms with more than 50 percent of Americans involved in agriculture to a massive coast-to-coast industrial complex controlled by a mere 1 percent of our population--and the consequences of this drastic change on animals as well as our global and local environments. We also learn how MFA strives to protect farmed animals in behind-the-scenes negotiations with companies like Nestl#65533; and other brand names--conglomerates whose policy changes can save countless lives and strengthen our planet. Alongside this unflinching snapshot of our current food system, readers are also offered hope and solutions--big and small--for ending mistreatment of factory farmed animals. From simple diet modifications to a clear explanation of how to contact corporations and legislators efficiently, Mercy For Animals proves that you don't have to be a hardcore vegan or an animal-rights activist to make a powerful difference in the lives of animals.
Table of Contents
Prologuep. xi
IA Rat, a Piglet, and Me
1Down on the Farmp. 3
2Mercy For Animals Beginsp. 21
3Growing Up and Coming Outp. 35
4Rebel with a Causep. 45
IIStill in the Jungle
5Undercoverp. 83
6"That Place Is Hell"p. 89
7Three Hundred Every Secondp. 107
8Behind the Cartonp. 129
9No. 2640p. 153
10"You'll Learn to Hate Them"p. 181
11Gaggedp. 227
IIIA Kinder Tomorrow
12The Future of Foodp. 243
13The Power of Onep. 269
Acknowledgmentsp. 297
Notesp. 301
Indexp. 307
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