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. He was inducted into the United States Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2009.
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. Mark Hawthorne wrote in 2007 that it had become one of the most highly regarded animal rights organizations in the world.
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- "Nathan Runkle", Mercy for Animals, accessed 24 May 2012.
- ↑ "United States Animal Rights Hall of Fame", accessed 24 May 2012.
- ↑ Mark Hawthorne, Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism. Changemakers Books, 2007, p. 49.
- Mercy for Animals, accessed 24 May 2012.
- Karen Iacobbo, Michael Iacobbo, Vegetarians And Vegans in America Today. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006.