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    Posted January 3, 2013 by
    Watkins Glen, New York
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    VW camper van memories

    Farm Sanctuary President Gene Baur started a revolution in his VW van

    Gene Baur began his activist career selling veggie hotdogs out of a VW van at Grateful Dead concerts to fund farm animal rescues. Today, he serves as President and Co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, America’s largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization, with shelters in New York and California. Providing rescue, refuge, and adoption for hundreds of farm animals each year, Farm Sanctuary shelters enable visitors to connect with farm animals as emotional, intelligent individuals. Gene believes these animals stand as ambassadors for the billions on factory farms who have no voice, and he has dedicated his career to advocating on their behalf.

    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
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