September will be a month of events for me, as the paperback version of Project Animal Farm will be released close to the end of the month! Here’s what’s on the agenda.
A jaguar named Juma, exhibited in chains at an Olympic torch ceremony in Brazil, was shot dead on Monday by a soldier. And on May 28, a four-year-old boy fell into an enclosure with Harambe, a seventeen-year-old male gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo. Rather than tranquilizing him with a dart, zoo officials proceeded to shoot Harambe with a rifle. The incident provoked mass outrage at the zoo.
On May 7, I drove three hours from my home to speak in two rural communities in Ontario. At the first, in Petrolia, something strange happened just five minutes into the event. About a dozen people in the audience started interrupting me as well as others in their community in an effort to stall the conversation. It turned out that they were factory farmers—people whose farms harm animals and degrade the environment.
Today is Earth Day! What a great day to reflect on our relationship with the planet. Of the billions of celestial bodies and galaxies in the universe, we humans have one and only one home—and so it’s important to protect that home. The most important thing we can do for our habitat, not to mention our health, is to evaluate our diet and reduce our meat consumption. The world, as a whole, is eating unprecedented and unsustainable quantities of meat today. The detrimental impacts of our present-day diet are enormous. Animal agriculture is responsible for 80% of deforestation and 70% of freshwater use.
I have good news! Project Animal Farm was recently longlisted for the Chatauqua Prize, an honor that recognizes books for their literary merit. Also, the book was recently included in a list of three must-read books by The Food Revolution Network! “This is a gripping story that will forever change how you think about animals, food, and life itself,” writes the Network.
I’ve been enjoying hearing from readers of Project Animal Farm and thought I’d share some of the recent notes:
- “I found your book by accident in our community library and it looked interesting, so I signed it out. And then I couldn’t put it down. In fact, I loved it so much I gave it to my mom and to friends I worked with…It changed my life!” – Lisa
Thank you. Really. You made everything possible!
You helped my story reach others, and you helped change hearts and minds. I will be snuggling up with a book or two over the holidays, and I hope you will as well. If you’re looking for a present for friends and family, you can find Project Animal Farm here at a discount. You can see reporter Erin Ireland snuggled with the book below!
Project Animal Farm is generating a whirlwind of rave reviews! The book has been all over the news. There’s also a series of brand-new podcasts for you to tune in to. The book launch events in New York, Boston, and Toronto were successful, and more fun events are coming up in the fall!
With Project Animal Farm being released this month, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the many people who have made the book possible. I lean on too many shoulders to count and am overwhelmed with gratitude.
Hailing from the United States, Canada, and Australia; pursuing careers as diverse as law and film; enjoying hobbies like rowing and scuba-diving—Interns are the sparks behind the fire of Project Animal Farm. Learn more about them below.