Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food

Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food

Leading animal rights activist Gene Baur examines the real cost of the meat on our plates -- for both humans and animals alike -- in this provocative and thorough examination of the modern farm industry.

Many people picture cows, sheep, pigs, and chickens as friendly creatures who live happily within the confines of a peaceful family farm, arriving as food for humans only at the end of their sun-drenched lives.

But as Baur walked by, the sheep raised her head and looked right at him.

Hilda, as she was later named, was nursed back to health and soon became the first resident of Farm Sanctuary -- an organization dedicated to the rescue, care, and protection of farm animals.

Animals raised for human consumption are confined for the entirety of their lives and often live without companionship, fresh air, or even adequate food and water.Viewed as production units rather than living beings with feelings, ten billion farm animals are exploited specifically for food in the United States every year.

In Farm Sanctuary, Baur provides a thoughtprovoking investigation of the ethical questions involved in the production of beef, poultry, pork, milk,and eggs -- and what each of us can do to stop the mistreatment of farm animals and promote compassion.

Reviews of the Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food

Of all the causes one could devote their life to in this world farm animals? The humane farms serve as sanctuaries for the animals, but also for the activists. Watching individual, named animals at ease and healthy on the farm, people can take comfort in the lives they can save while confronting the institutionalized cruelty inflicted on billions of others. So, yes, of all the causes one could devote their life to in this world Gene Baur chose farm animals. Our health, the appropriation of scarce planetary resources, food security, and how we treat other animals cannot be left to corporations and the government alone." "...farm animals are sentient beings, capable of awareness, feeling, and suffering, and we humans have an ethical obligation to refrain from behaviors that inflict suffering on them." "Eating plants instead of animals goes a long way toward promoting kindness and sustainability, not to mention good health." "It is remarkable how easily and insensibly we fall into a particular route, and make a beaten track for ourselves...The surface of the earth is soft and impressionable by the feet of men; and so with the paths which the mind travels.

This book tells us the story of Farm Sanctuary and the amazing work Gene Baur and people involved have done to make it th place it is. I learned a lot about the downers an how things have changed since the days when Hilda was found and taken in as the first animal on the farm. Besides this, I also liked him adding short life stories of the animals living on he farm. Getting to know better, what they went through, the examples of their emotional lives and the life they have on thefarm relly adds to the book's message. The book is great for the ones who already have an interest in animal support but I hope people who don't know eveything he tells here or still aren't convinced will read it because he does a great job telling it.

this is a wonderful book that I think everyone would benefit from reading. They're a wonderful organization.

Maybe that's because I have read other books and get the basic point that our food system is really bad and cruel.

Ok, he didn't actually come to live with me; I "adopted" him financially with a gift to Farm Sanctuary. Farm Sanctuary, a haven for rescued farmed animals, began 20 years ago when Gene Baur rescued a goat -- which he named Hilda -- from a pile of dead goats in a stockyard.

I encourage people to give the book a read whether they're vegan or carnivores.

I do not eat meat but my family does and after reading this book I will be making some serious changes with the food that enters our house.

But the book left me with hope, reminding me that there are good people who are strong and will continue to be the voice for all animals, no matter what they have to overcome.

He lives in rural New York state and is the co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, America's leading farm animal protection organization. His efforts have been covered by leading news organizations, including the New York Times, The Larry King Show, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, National Public Radio, ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN.

  • English

  • Nonfiction

  • Rating: 4.30
  • Pages: 304
  • Publish Date: March 4th 2008 by Touchstone
  • Isbn10: 0743291581
  • Isbn13: 9780743291583