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Nathan Runkle (born c. 1984) is an American animal rights advocate. He is the executive director of Mercy for Animals, a nonprofit organization focusing on the treatment of farmed animals and the promotion of veganism.[1] He was inducted into the United States Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2009.[2]

Runkle was raised on a farm in St. Paris, Ohio, and became involved in animal advocacy when he witnessed a day-old piglet being treated violently when the animal was brought to his school to be dissected. After seeing an animal rights stall in a local mall at the age of 11, he become a vegetarian, and later a vegan, and after attending the FARM Animal Rights Movement conference in 1997 when he was 15, he set up Mercy For Animals.[1] Mark Hawthorne wrote in 2007 that it had become one of the most highly regarded animal rights organizations in the world.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Young and Motivated: Creating an Army of Advocates", Satya, June/July 2007.
  2. "United States Animal Rights Hall of Fame", accessed 24 May 2012.
  3. Mark Hawthorne, Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism. Changemakers Books, 2007, p. 49.

Further readingEdit

  • Mercy for Animals, accessed 24 May 2012.
  • Karen Iacobbo, Michael Iacobbo, Vegetarians And Vegans in America Today. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006.

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