Tonight, I attended an amazing lecture hosted by Gene Baur, author, vegan, and co-founder of the incredible Farm Sanctuary, which allows farm animals to be rehabilitated and live out their lives in peace and happiness. This place is fantastic and I would love to visit someday. Gene’s lecture was astounding, and while I knew most of the facts he spoke of, it was heartfelt, intimate, and sincere. It was also interesting to see how other people reacted to the realities and horrors of modern-day factory farming. It seemed most people in the audience were already vegetarian, vegan, or were considering it, but there were a few doubters.
His speaking style is one of compassion, not judgment, and he does not use scare or shock tactics in his engagements. Gene is also a kind-hearted man, and happily took many questions, and even signed autographs at the end of the night! What a beautiful soul and a beautiful sanctuary he has created rescuing injured, sick, or neglected animals from being cruelly slaughtered for human consumption. If you aren’t aware of or choose not to know where your food comes from, pigs have their tails and ears docked without pain medication, downer cows are drug with farm equipment to get them to move, or prodded with electricity in their eyes and other parts of their body, and the “useless” male chicks that cannot provide eggs are typically ground up alive in a machine. These are but a FEW of the cruelties that these poor creatures are subjected to daily, and then, they have their throats slit and are sometimes dismembered while still alive.
Farm animals are beautiful, individual, thinking and feeling creatures that deserve to be loved, respected, and given a chance at a real life, not cruelly abused and slaughtered for our Big Macs. Gene Baur’s lecture perfectly exemplified why, and I hope you all have a chance to read his book and attend a lecture of his someday. This was an amazing night, very enlightening, and highly optimistic about the future of animals in America. I know many people reluctant to accept these facts, but that’s what they are – facts. I firmly believe that if you can harm an animal in any way or condone those who do likewise, you have no conscience. I was so glad to see so many people with consciences tonight. 🙂