Mission: Farm Sanctuaryworks to end cruelty to farm animals and promotes animal welfare, animal protection, and vegetarianism/veganism through rescue, education, and advocacy.
Founders: Gene Baur and Lorri Bauston
Year founded: 1986
- On Nov. 4, 2008, achieved a historic win for twenty million farm animals in California with the landslide victory of Proposition 2 - the largest anti-factory farming initiative ever.
- The Emergency Rescue Team saved sixty-nine pigs stranded in the Midwest floods.
- Monitored and worked on legislation in twenty-six states, culminating in new laws passed that will give farm animals greater protection- including downed animal protection in California and anti-confinement law in Colorado.
- Achieved a precedent-setting legal victory when the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that factory farming practices cannot be considered "humane" simply because they are widely used.
- Rescued and provided emergency, intensive, and rehabilitative care to more than 476 animals at Farm Sanctuary's New York and California Shelters.
- Increased its list of establishments pledging not to sell foie gras grew to include more than 1,000 businesses.
- Held its annual Walk for Farm Animals, in which thousands of compassionate citizens in fifty-eight cities across North America took to the streets and marched for an end to factory farming.
- Conducted 185 humane education presentations for more than 3,000 students through its Cultivating Compassion Program, raising youth awareness about ways to help farm animals.
- Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food, a book by Farm Sanctuary President and Co-founder Gene Baur, became a national bestseller.
- Continued to break media coverage records with over 4,000 hits, including the covers of USA Today and The New York Times, as well as a Washington Post feature.
- Through its Farm Animal Adoption Network, found permanent refuge for 149 rescued farm animals and provided them with safe transport to loving, adoptive homes across the nation.
Profile: Farm Sanctuary was originally funded by sales of vegetarian hot dogs at Grateful Dead concerts. Over the past two decades, the organization has been dedicated to rescuing neglected, abandoned or abused farm animals, speaking out against factory farming, and pushing for an end to the use of gestation crates for veal and force feeding for the production of foie gras. Most recently, it led to a victorious No Foie Gras campaign in Chicago, where the city council voted to ban its sale within city limits.
To become more involved, volunteer, or donate, visit the organization's website.
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