Mercy For Animals is a national non-profit animal protection organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies. We do this in a number of ways, including undercover investigations into factory farms and slaughterhouses, advertising campaigns, we work with lawmakers and corporations to enact more animal friendly laws and policies, and we do a ton of grassroots outreach all over the United States and the world.
MFA works to create a society where all animals are treated with the compassion and respect they so rightfully deserve. Over 95% of the cruelty to animals in the United States occurs at the hands of the meat, dairy, and egg industries which confine, mutilate, and slaughter over 9 billion land animals each year. Despite the fact that these are the most abused animals in the United States, they actually have the fewest number of advocates. That is why it is so important that we stand up and become a voice for the most defenseless.
I was inspired to get active by one of EarthSave Chicago’s Conferences for Conscious Living in 2002. I became involved with the group, coordinating outreach events, conferences, and the Compassion On Wheels (COW) TV van. I started volunteering with MFA in January of 2006 and became one of the organization’s outreach coordinators in the spring of 2008. I was hired on as paid staff in May of 2012. Today I work as the national volunteer coordinator for Mercy For Animals, recruiting and training activists throughout the United States, assisting with the development of MFA’s effective advocacy resources, and serving as MFA’s spokesperson in the greater Chicago area. I spend most of my day communicating with activists around the country, including the amazing ones that work with Compassionate Action for Animals, making sure they have what they need to do leafleting, tabling, Paid-Per-View, restaurant outreach, and online activism. This is definitely my favorite part of the job, as I get to know so many amazing people do really important work on behalf of farmed animals. I do love getting out there and doing outreach myself, so I try and leaflet a few hours each week or put in a weekend at the MFA table for a festival.
Anyone that wants to join Team MFA should start by filling out our Get Active! form.
I have attended every Twin Cities Veg Fest so far and it’s been great to see it grow. I love that the event is so inclusive, encouraging everyone from omnivores to vegans to come have some fun and enjoy the amazing food. I am very excited to see what the third year will bring, as I am sure this will be the best one yet.