By Kelly Behr
Native Foods Cafe
Mercy for Animals is a well respected organization that we love working with. Mercy For Animals is dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies.
MFA works to create a society where all animals are treated with the compassion and respect they so rightfully deserve.They serve as a voice for animals through proactive consumer education initiatives, cruelty investigations, corporate outreach, and legal advocacy.
Mikael is an outreach coordinator and big fan of Native Foods.
1.) How did you get started?
I was inspired by one of EarthSave Chicago’s Conferences for Conscious Living in 2002. I became involved with the group, coordinating outreach events, conferences, and the Compassion On Wheels (COW) TV van. I started volunteering with MFA in January of 2006 and became one of the organization’s outreach coordinators in the spring of 2008. I was hired on as paid staff in May of 2012. It is a dream job!
3.) What is the main message MFA would like to portray?
MFA works to create a society where all animals are treated with the compassion and respect they so rightfully deserve. Over 95% of the cruelty to animals in the United States occurs at the hands of the meat, dairy, and egg industries which confine, mutilate, and slaughter over 9 billion land animals each year. Despite the fact that these are the most abused animals in the United States, they actually have the fewest number of advocates. That is why it is so important that we stand up and become a voice for the most defenseless.
4.) How do you inform people about what MFA is doing?
We do undercover investigations into factory farms and slaughterhouses, advertising campaigns, we work with lawmakers and corporations to enact more animal friendly laws and policies, and we do a ton of grassroots outreach all over the United States.
5.) How can people get involved?
Best place to start is by filling out our Get Active! form here -> http://www.mercyforanimals.org/get_active.aspx
6.) What is your favorite Native Foods item?
When I am being “bad” it’s the Oklahoma Bacon Cheeseburger. When I am being “good” it’s the Bangkok Curry Bowl.
7.) How do you spend your free time?
I love hanging with my rescued animals, Oliver the dog and Maeby the cat. I also enjoy yoga and getting in my daily gym time.
8.) Favorite place you traveled?
My youngest sister, Kathrine, lives in Senegal and I have been lucky enough to visit there twice. And, of course, my beautiful home country of Denmark will always hold a special place in my heart.
We look forward to working more with Mercy for Animals this year, check out their website for more information to stay informed and get involved!