Sunday, August 2, 2009

Farm Sanctuary

(Happy, sleeping pigs)

Had a fabulous weekend networking, bonding and learning effective activism at the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen. Big, shout out and thanks to Miss Filomena who took me there!
They held a fantastic Hoe Down Saturday night and fed us superbly prepared vegan food all weekend.
It is easy for me to respect people who are compassionate and passionate for animals rights. Farm animals are a particular contingency that has no voice, no respect and seen only as a cheap commodity most of the time. I am not a vegan, but this weekend helped me see that I am getting closer to that healthy way of life.
Please check out these speakers that were fun, well spoken, fun and most important, educated in their beliefs and for their cause.

Child and family advocate, Amy Hatkoff is also a parenting educator, author and filmmaker spoke about her new book, "The Inner World of Farm Animals".

Chef Alexandra Jamieson gave a cooking demo and is also available for consults to help guide you on your path to healthier living.

Freeman Wicklund was one of the best, motivational-type speakers I have ever seen. He inspired the crowd with tips on how to be an activist that encourages, inspires and uplifts others. He is truly a treasure to the advocacy of animals.

Gene Baur co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary and his staff spoke to all of us as well. They deserve mad props for having the gumption to take on the beastly industry of agriculture. To make the lives of farm animals happier and safer. For promoting a plant based diet and for being the people they are. I am looking forward to next years Hoe Down and for getting more involved in the cause.


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