Gene Baur is a long-time, inspirational vegan activist and founder of Farm Sanctuary, an animal sanctuary that now encompasses three locations across the country. He will be joining us at SoCal VegFest both as a part of the Farm Sanctuary exhibitor booth and as a Headlining Speaker on Sunday the 30th!
1. Please tell us what a little bit about Farm Sanctuary and how it started.
Farm Sanctuary was founded in 1986 to combat factory farming, to change how society views and treats farm animals, and to promote compassionate vegan living. We started by visiting farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses to document conditions, and when we found living animals discarded in trash cans and on piles of dead animals, we rescued them. Today, we operate three sanctuaries, one in New York and two in California.
2. How does Farm Sanctuary engage with the community? What programs does Farm Sanctuary Provide?
Farm Sanctuary encourages citizens to be mindful about how they eat, to be aware of the impacts of their food choices, and ultimately, to eat in a way that is aligned with their own compassionate values and interests. We welcome visitors to our farms where they have a chance to connect with rescued animals and learn more about the issues, and we urge citizens to make their voices heard with their elected officials and in the marketplace. And, we challenge and create alternatives to cultural institutions like the annual Thanksgiving feast that is centered around the body of a dead bird through programs like our Adopt a Turkey Project, which encourages people to save a turkey, rather than to eat one.
3. What are you most looking forward to at SoCal Vegfest?
I am looking forward to being with people who are interested in living conscientiously, and who want to make a positive difference in the world. In addition to people living a vegan lifestyle, I look forward to speaking with those who are just beginning to think about the impacts of how they eat, and who are curious about a plant based lifestyle.
4. Why should people come to SoCal Vegfest?
People should come to SoCal Vegfest to be inspired to live more healthfully and compassionately, to meet other people with similar concerns and interests, and to learn about tools and techniques for eating and living better. If we can live well without causing unnecessary harm, why wouldn’t we?
5. Anything else you would like to add?
Looking forward to it!
You can find more on Gene at FarmSanctuary.org.