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Factory farming not only causes immense suffering to animals, but it is also harmful to humans and is destroying the planet, according to a leading vegan advocate.

Leah Garcés is the President of animal-rights group Mercy For Animals (MFA) – the organization’s first female president – taking on the role on October 1 this year.

She made the comments during an interview with Plant Based News Co-founder Robbie Lockie, for the PBN podcast.

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Garcés, who has worked in animal advocacy for 20 years, spoke about her own vegan journey, as well the 2017 Extinction conference organized by Compassion In World Farming, where she used to work.

“I wanted to bring people together over the issue of factory farming,” she said, “and show it’s not just causing a great amount of suffering for animals, it’s also destroying the planet.

“It was called extinction, not just because of the extinction of animals, but potentially the extinction of humans because of the impact factory farming is having.”

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Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of 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.