Farm Sanctuary Founder to Speak at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — The man hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine will present “Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food” at Ithaca College on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The talk by Farm Sanctuary president and cofounder Gene Baur will be held at 7 p.m. in Room 111 of the Dorothy D. and Roy H. Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise. It is free and open to the public.

The title of Baur’s talk is the same as that of his best-selling book, copies of which will be available for purchase and signing. He will be speaking on the topics of our food system, the treatment of farm animals and ways we can all improve our world by making ethical choices about what we eat. His approach is empirically based, inclusive and non-judgmental.

Founded in 1986, Farm Sanctuary promotes laws and policies that support animal welfare, animal protection and vegetarianism/veganism through rescue, education and advocacy. It houses over 500 rescued cows, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, pigs, sheep, rabbits and goats at its 175-acre sanctuary in Watkins Glen, with similar facilities located near Los Angeles and in Northern California.

For 25 years, Baur has campaigned extensively to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our cheap food system. He views farm animals as emotional, intelligent individuals and has dedicated his career to advocating on their behalf.

A pioneer in the field of undercover investigations, Baur has visited hundreds of farms, stockyards and slaughterhouses, documenting the deplorable conditions that exist. His pictures and videos exposing factory farming cruelties have aired nationally and internationally, educating millions about the plight of modern farm animals. In 1996, The Peace Abbey honored him with its Courage of Conscience Award.

For more information, contact Aimee Dars Ellis, assistant professor of management, at

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