Gene Baur, co‑founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, a national non-profit organization that works to end cruelty to farm animals and change the way society views and treats farm animals will be visiting Cape Breton in early October. Hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by TIME magazine and recently selected by Oprah Winfrey to join her SuperSoul 100 dream team of “100 awakened leaders who are using their voices and talent to elevate humanity,” he was a pioneer in undercover investigations and instrumental in passing the first U.S. laws to ban inhumane factory farming practices. Beginning in 1986, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of animal agriculture and our cheap food system.
Baur has written two national bestselling books: Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food, and Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day. Gene has a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University, and is a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He’s been vegan since 1985 and recently started competing in marathons and triathlons, including an Ironman, to demonstrate the benefits of plant-based eating.
Farm Sanctuary is a national nonprofit organization with more than a half a million members and supporters nationwide, including Martha Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Gosling, and Jon Stewart (who, along with his wife Tracey, has partnered with Farm Sanctuary to open the organization’s fourth location at their New Jersey farm in fall 2017), that works to change how our society views and treats farm animals through rescue, education and advocacy. The organization provides lifelong care for animals rescued from abuse at four sanctuary locations in New York, California and New Jersey; promotes compassionate vegan living; and advocates legal and policy reforms. We are celebrating our 30th anniversary this year! To learn more about Farm Sanctuary, visit farmsanctuary.org.