It is because of her illness and her first companion animal, a cat named “Boogie,” that Jenny made her first connection between humans’ lives and those of animals. She identified with Boogie’s vulnerability, defenselessness and lack of rights. Boogie had no more say in being separated from her mother than Jenny had had in being separated from her leg. Although Jenny didn’t know it at the time, the stage was being set for what would become her mission in life.
“The Lucky Ones” interweaves the story of Jenny Brown’s journey with those of some of the residents of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, home to over 200 rescued animals. Throughout the book, there is a recurring theme: one of finding one’s rightful place in the world, of finding one’s home.
Raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Jenny Brown didn’t make the connections between the animals she loved and those she ate or served at her restaurant jobs. It wasn’t until college that she was first exposed to the issues of animal cruelty and animal rights. After researching and learning about the fur trade, animal testing, circus and zoo animals and ultimately, the plight of farm animals, Jenny made that connection and became a vegetarian.
The “V” Word: Say it. Eat it. Live it.