52: Leah Garcés of Mercy for Animal - Ending Factory Farming

Mercy For Animals’ vision is a world where animals are respected, protected, and free to pursue their own interests. Leah Garcés serves as MFA's president. Leah has nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the animal protection movement.

Highlights:

  • What Mercy For Animals do that is different from other animal welfare organisations

  • Asking "what are the unlikely partners that are out there?"

  • Creating a compassionate food system and reducing the suffering of animals

  • Economics of animal protein and plant-based indistinguishable products

  • Collaboration vs confrontation

  • What is the next step looks like and needing an ecology of approaches

  • Our circle of compassion is widening

  • KFC's plant-based chicken nugget

  • We are seeing a protein revolution


Time stamp:
[01:50] Why is Mercy For Animals different from PETA or WWF
[03:00] Working with corporates and campaigning
[05:30] Understanding the factory farmer's perspective
[06:30] Story of Craig Watts, the chicken farmer
[10:00] Being a vegan and living the values
[14:00] Why colloboration works and role of confrontation
[18:00] Job opportunities for farmers
[20:00] Plant based food startup

[23:00] Lessons from the book Grow
[24:45] 10 year vision

Useful links:
Mercy for Animals
Leah's linkedin
Leah's Twitter
GRILLED: Turning Adversaries into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry

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