422: Saving Animals from Factory Farm Abuse (The Most Shocking Stories We’ve Ever Heard on Food Heals Part 2)


In today’s episode of Food Heals, you’ll hear from two incredible undercover investigators from Mercy For Animals who endured witnessing animal cruelty to shed a light on animal abuse and change the laws around factory farming. 

In our first clip we hear from Mercy For Animals Undercover Investigator, Cody Carlson. Cody heard about Mercy For Animals when he was a private investigator for a business intelligence firm. Moved by their work, he reached out to the founder, Milo (Nathan) Runkle. Before he knew it, Cody had quit his job, grown a goatee and become an undercover animal rights investigator.

It was a wild ride. Working undercover as a farm hand is exhausting physical work and emotionally intense. He witnessed how over 4,000 cows were kept constantly pregnant, saw newborn calves torn from their mothers and left to die, or sold for slaughter. He saw how much the animals wanted to play, to be loved. His footage of workers’ cruelty and the atrocities committed in the farm was broadcast by the media and resulted in legislation that changed how these animals are treated. And that was it. He was hooked. He went to law school and is now one of Mercy for Animal’s attorneys.

In our second clip, we hear from the Founder of Mercy For Animals, Milo Runkle. Milo grew up on a farm in a small town. At 15 years old, after witnessing the brutal murder of a piglet, he founded Mercy for Animals. He started by carrying out open rescues: going into farms’ undercover and rescuing injured animals. Trawling through manure pits, witnessing first-hand the cruel conditions, and investigating the horror of slaughterhouses made him even more determined to give animals a voice and drive positive change in the world.

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