Why you should listen
Leah Garcés is the president of Mercy For Animals, an international nonprofit dedicated to ending the exploitation of animals for food and constructing a compassionate food system. Active in the United States, Mexico, Brazil and India, the organization has conducted more than 80 investigations of factory farms and slaughterhouses, moved more than 300 food companies to adopt animal welfare policies and helped pass historic legislation to ban cages for farmed animals.
Garcés is the author of Grilled: Turning Adversaries into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry. She has nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the animal protection movement and has partnered with some of the world's largest food companies on her mission to end factory farming and build a compassionate food system.
Garcés oversaw international campaigns in 14 countries at the World Society for the Protection of Animals and launched Compassion in World Farming in the United States. Her work has been featured in many national and international media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, BuzzFeed, Vox, VICE magazine and the Chicago Tribune. She is a contributing author for Food Safety News and serves as an advisor to Encompass and Seattle Food Tech.