The Lucky Ones by Woodstock FAS Founder Jenny Brown: Review & Giveaway!

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Update, July 1, 2013:

& the winner is (*drumroll please*) #8, Kenney!

Check your email to claim your prize!

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In anticipation of the upcoming July 2nd paperback release, Penguin generously provided me with two copies of The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals, written by Woodstock FAS founder Jenny Brown and fellow vegan Gretchen Primack – one to review, and one to give away!

To enter to win a copy for your very own self, simply answer this question in the comments: if you could visit Woodstock tomorrow, which of the residents – human or non – would you most like to meet? (Hint: there’s a partial list available on Woodstock’s website.) Or just tell me why you need this book! I’m not fussy.

For a second entry, tweet this message and leave a second comment telling me you did so.

THE LUCKY ONES by @WoodstockFarm Founder Jenny Brown: #Review & #Giveaway! Enter to #win your own copy here: http://bit.ly/12PyHx8 #vegan

The contest is open now through Monday, July 1st at tPM CDT. I’ll randomly choose and contact a winner shortly thereafter. The winner will have 72 hours to respond, after which time I’ll choose someone else. Please leave an email address in the form when commenting (don’t worry, it’s private!) so we can get in touch. I’ll ship the book anywhere in the United States and Canada.

Good luck, and happy reading!

 

A Five-Hankie Review

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review at the publisher’s invitation.)

“I often envision a giant protective bubble over our property, and inside it a place where everything is right in the world, the way we want it to be. Animals roam free, living happy and peaceful lives the way they should. They are free to be themselves, among friends and, in some cases, family. There is no fear of harm, no want for food or water, warmth or shelter. They have everything they need. They are loved, and treated with respect and compassion, until their dying moments in our arms, when they are wet from our tears. We coexist with them, never considering ourselves superior or their ‘owners.’ We don’t use them as commodities or exploit them in any way. They are our friends. Beloved friends. They owe us nothing. But what they do give, unconsciously, is the greatest asset to our work. They are ambassadors for all others like them, showing humans that other animals are not mere automatons.” (pp. 223-224)

As a teenager slinging burgers at the Doublemeat Palace in Sunnydale – errr, serving burgers at a Louisville McDonald’s; sorry, I got my superheroes confused for a second there! – Jenny Brown never imagined that she’d one day devote her life to rescuing the very animals she enjoyed sandwiched between two slices of bread – let alone give up a promising career in film to do so.

Along with her husband, film editor Doug Abel, Brown founded Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in 2004; their wedding ceremony served as the nonprofit’s inaugural fundraiser. Located just outside of Woodstock, New York, in the neighboring town of Willow, Woodstock FAS is home to over 200 rescued “farm” animals, including runaway cow Kayli, who literally escaped death in a New York City “live kill” market when she bolted for it through the city streets; the infamous goat Albie who, like his guardian, sports one “fake” leg; and Petunia, a “Thanksgiving” turkey purchased as a gag. They are the lucky ones – a precious few of the ten billion animals enslaved and slaughtered for meat, dairy, and eggs every year in the United States alone (not counting fishes and associated “bycatch”) who are fortunate enough to find sanctuary with human allies.

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Valentine Piglets & Cow Kisses!

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Now for a much-needed (over)dose of cuteness. Behold! Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary’s Valentine Piglets!

The story of the piglets’ origins is a sad one, which I’d rather not delve into for fear of negating the cuteness factor*; suffice to say that their story runs counter to popular, romanticized conceptions about “sustainable meat,” “small/backyard/diy farming” and the like**. Luckily, Nemo, Eva, Pinky and Wally survived their first days on earth, and in time made their way to the good folks at Woodstock FAS. Here, they’ve found permanent sanctuary – until, of course, a pig lover (read: not eater!) whisks them away to their new home, for a lifetime of piggy snuggles and belly rubs.

Bonus cuteness: Kisses from Dylan the Cow!

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Uncle Sam vs. Felix the Lamb

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

After a few days away from the internets, I sat down at my desk this morning, only to find 100+ emails cramming my inbox – most of which are end-of-the-year donation appeals. Sigh.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind receiving the occasional solicitation – even though these can quickly add up, as I’m subscribed to a ridiculous number of mailing lists. But as we approach the 31st, groups have ramped up their efforts to the point where I’m receiving a couple emails per day, per group. That’s spam, peoples, and it’s only slightly less annoying when done by a non-profit. Seriously, it’s going to take me an hour to slog through it all.

One solicitation from Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary – who haven’t spammed me ad nauseum, I should add – is super cute, so much so that it yanked me out of my grumpy stupor, if only for a moment.

I just have to share:

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I love it!

You can view the entire email as a web page here, and, if you’d like to send some cash Woodstock’s way, go here.

I think I’ll make a last-minute donation as a token of gratitude to Woodstock for not abusing my inbox.

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DawnWatch: CBS follow up on Herbie the runaway calf 2/7/07

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

The previous DawnWatch alert, referenced below, can also be found here.

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Feb 8, 2007 11:29 AM
Subject: DawnWatch: CBS follow up on Herbie the runaway calf 2/7/07

CBS – 2 in New York has done a beautiful follow-up story on Herbie, the calf who escaped the slaughterhouse in December. (The DawnWatch 2006 wrap-up alert with the original story is on line at http://tinyurl.com/3aqgyg.)

Herbie and another calf have been adopted from the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary into a loving home. Go to http://wcbstv.com/pets to watch the follow-up story. It will warm your heart.

Please thank the station for its coverage. Positive feedback for animal friendly coverage encourages more of it.

Go to http://wcbstv.com/contact and select reporter Pablo Guzman from the pull-down menu.

Yours and the animals’,
Karen Dawn

(DawnWatch is an animal advocacy media watch that looks at animal issues in the media and facilitates one-click responses to the relevant media outlets. You can learn more about it, and sign up for alerts at http://www.DawnWatch.com. You may forward or reprint DawnWatch alerts if you do so unedited — leave DawnWatch in the title and include this parenthesized tag line. If somebody forwards DawnWatch alerts to you, which you enjoy, please help the list grow by signing up. It is free!)

To discontinue DawnWatch alerts go to http://www.DawnWatch.com/nothanks.php

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Woodstock Sanctuary’s ThanksLIVING dinner, November 19

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Readers in New York, take note: Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary is is holding a vegetarian (vegan?) Thanksgiving feast called – you got it – ThanksLiving.

Here are the details:

Please join us for our very festive ThanksLiving fundraiser — a unique new tradition where the turkeys are the main guests of honor rather than the main course! You’ll be warm and toasty inside a large heated tent in the goat pasture, surrounded by stunning views of the Catskill Mountains. Naturally, our turkeys will be joining us at a table set especially for them.

The menu, which is described as meat- and dairy-free, includes the following:

Appetizers

Local organic butternut squash soup with ginger & toasted almonds
Freshly baked focaccia bread
Mixed greens salad with cranberry vinaigrette

Main Course

Seitan cutlets with shitake mushroom gravy
Savory cornbread stuffing
Baked spinach tofu “cheese” casserole
Braised herb stuffed mushrooms
Grilled island yams

Hope You Saved Room

An array of incredible desserts

If purchased before November 5, tickets will cost you $40 per person (kids under 12 are $20); after the “early bird” cutoff, $50 (kids $25). The festivities start at 1 PM on Sunday, November 19th.

More info here.

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DawnWatch: Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary covered in NY Daily News — 8/26/06

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Aug 26, 2006 5:25 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary covered in NY Daily News 8/26/06

The Saturday, August 26, New York Daily News has a lovely article, by Amy Sacks, about the new Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, headed, “Refuge down on the farm.”

It opens:

“Two days after the World Cup championship ended last month, Melissa Nelson came upon a rooster that was dyed blue – like France’s team mascot – and left as garbage in a cardboard box in Chinatown.

‘He was panting and had string tied around his legs,’ said the Manhattan resident, who rushed the abandoned cock to her upper West Side vet.

“Today, Nigel’s early morning cock-a-doodle-dos are a wake-up call to dozens of other farm animals that live at the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, a bucolic 23-acre farm located in the Catskill Mountains, two hours from the George Washington Bridge.

“Former television producer Jenny Brown, 35, and her husband, Doug Abel, 39, a film editor and Manhattan native, run the not-for-profit farm, which provides care, rehabilitation and shelter for abused and abandoned farm animals.”

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