- Posted January 3, 2013 by
Watkins Glen, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
VW camper van memories
Farm Sanctuary President Gene Baur started a revolution in his VW van
Gene rescued Farm Sanctuary's very first animal, a sheep named Hilda, in his iconic VW van, which hit the road in summer 2011 (see video here: http://www.farmsanctuary.org/videos/events/just-eats-tour-trailer/) to commemorate the organization's 25th anniversary by exploring the food, people and places sparking a national awakening toward conscious consumption and respect for farm animals.
Hailed “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine, Baur's accomplishments include winning the first-ever cruelty conviction at a U.S. stockyard and introducing the first U.S. laws to protect animals on farms. His efforts have been covered by top news organizations, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal. In 2008, Gene’s book, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, became a national bestseller.
And it all began in a VW van.
Gene Baur, Farm Sanctuary