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A new book is set to expose the horrific details of how animals are exploited for food, fashion, and entertainment

Not As Nature Intended is by vegan activist Rich Vardy, a former undercover investigator, who spent two decades living a double-life undertaking high-risk assignments.

Working for multiple animal organizations, Hardy infiltrated the notoriously closed worlds of animal agriculture, traveling circuses, and the fur trade, to bring their terrible secrets into the open.

Hidden stories

“Most of the animals used by humans are incarcerated or mistreated away from public view, so often the only way to tell their story is to go undercover,” said Hardy.

“Working with a fake identity, a notebook and a covert camera concealed in a shirt button, I traveled to places few get to see or can even imagine.

“This is an account of the ordinary people who do bad things when the public isn’t watching, and how they justify committing unspeakable acts of cruelty or don’t even acknowledge the suffering their actions cause. This unique story examines what it’s like to live and work amongst your adversaries in the pursuit of a better world for animals.”


Unbound Publishers has launched a crowdfunding campaign to print the book and bring it to the public.

The project, which launched on November 1 – World Vegan Day – has reached 40 percent of its target already, and still needs support.

“Without the support of passionate animal advocates, these important stories might not reach the mainstream,” said Hardy. “Individuals who pledge to support the project will be recognized with their name printed in every copy of the book as one of the people who helped bring this chronicle of the fight for animal rights to life.”

You can support the crowdfunder here

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.