I’m Nathan Runkle, founder of Mercy For Animals. We go undercover inside slaughterhouses and factory farms, fight “ag-gag” laws, and work to advance “clean meat” (meat grown in cell culture). AMA!
I started Mercy For Animals in 1999 when I was 15, and we now have 130 staff members in six countries. If you’ve seen footage of factory farms or slaughterhouses, there’s a good chance it came from one of our undercover investigators in the field (we’ve conducted more than 60 investigations now). Our investigations have led to criminal animal cruelty convictions, animal welfare policy reforms at Fortune 500 companies, and even the introduction of federal legislation in Mexico.
We also fight ag-gag legislation, which criminalizes whistleblowers and investigators who document animal abuse in factory farms. And we encourage folks to move toward a more plant-based diet, as it’s one of the easiest ways individuals can help fight cruelty to farmed animals.
That's a wrap! Thanks so much for taking the time to learn about these issues and how we're working to prevent cruelty to farmed animals. Check out our website for more information, and visit r/vegan to stay engaged with these issues on Reddit.