Around this time of year for the past few years, Larissa and I head out to the Farm Sanctuary website to sponsor a turkey through their Adopt A Turkey Project. An estimated 46 million turkeys are killed each year at Thanksgiving alone so helping a rescued bird by sponsoring it is something we love to do. The
This year it occurred to me that having a representative from
You can listen to our interview here or read on for a quick summary of what we discuss.
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Who is Gene Baur?
In addition to being the president and co-founder of
As a pioneer in the animal activism movement, Gene has advocated on behalf of animals in courts and before federal legislative bodies. Through his investigations, he has uncovered and documented the deplorable living conditions and cruel practices of factory farming. His investigations helped to pass the first United States laws to ban inhumane factory farming practices.
Gene is the author of two national best-selling books,
In addition to the countless animals that
The Humane Education program helps educate children in the classroom about issues with our current food system, and also shares the stories of the animals who call
Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a Turkey Project and Celebration for the Turkeys
During our interview with Gene, we discussed the sanctuary’s Adopt A Turkey Project, which allows people to donate to
This year we adopted Gerda, who was saved by an anonymous rescuer. She was one of 24 turkeys rescued from a factory farm. Debeaked, weak, and ill, Gerda recovered and now enjoys a happy life at the sanctuary.
Gene also discussed the Celebration for the Turkeys events which are held at both of their Sanctuary locations (Acton, CA and Watkins Glen, NY). During these events, attendees enjoy an amazing vegan Thanksgiving meal and then “turn the tables” by treating the turkeys to a meal prepared just for them! Here is a video from one of those events!
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