Reviews for Lucky Ones : My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals

Book News Reviews
Brown, an animal rights activist, is co-founder and director of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in New York, a nonprofit farm animal shelter and advocacy organization. In this book for general readers, she presents her personal story with the goal of raising awareness of animal abuse and animal rights. Her happy rural childhood was interrupted by bone cancer, but her triumph over adversity gave her the strength to later fight abusive practices in animal farming and agribusiness. As a filmmaker, she went undercover to film the abuse of farmed animals in Texas; it was this experience that catalyzed her future advocacy for animals. The book includes vegan recipes, plus color personal photos, photos of rescued animals, and photos of animals confined in factory farms. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Kirkus Reviews 2012 June #1
Animal-rights activist Brown explains why she considers being a vegan to be a moral imperative. In this debut memoir, written with the help of Primack (The Slow Creaking of the Planets, 2007), the author presents a reasoned if controversial case that it is not enough to expose the abuses committed in factory farms and large slaughterhouses, while continuing to eat eggs, drink milk or wear wool or leather clothing. She describes abusive practices used to sheer sheep on small farms--e.g., scraping off the animal's skin when its wool becomes infested. 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 amputation of her leg and culminating with the creation of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in 2004. One of the threads of her intriguing story is her fierce determination to lead an active life despite her disability. During her orientation at the University of Louisville, she first came into contact with animal-rights advocates from PETA and became involved in demonstrations protesting the use of animals to test the safety of medicines and cosmetics. She was arrested wearing a rabbit suit while picketing Gillette. The vignettes about the animals in her care are charming, but this is not a cozy story. Much food for thought even for those who don't embrace Brown's ideology. Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Library Journal Reviews 2012 March #1

Having been comforted by her cat when she lost a leg to bone cancer at age ten, Brown grew up enamored of animals and eventually became concerned about those on farms. She quit her job as a film and TV producer to document awful animal abuses in the Texas stockyards, then founded the celebrated Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. Here's your chance to visit; go, animals!

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