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The Health Science Podcast | Episode 022. | April 06, 2023
022: Farm Sanctuary is Compassion in Action with Gene Baur
022: Farm Sanctuary is Compassion in Action with Gene Baur

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Is there no end in sight to the abuse animals go through? If it’s up to Gene Baur there will be more accountability from people and less suffering for the animals.

Gene Baur is a prominent figure in the animal rights movement and the co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, a non-profit organization that aims to end animal cruelty and promote veganism.

Baur’s passion for animal welfare began in the 1980s when he started visiting farms to observe the conditions in which animals were being raised.

Horrified by what he saw, he knew that he had to do something to raise awareness about the cruelty and suffering that farm animals face.

Baur’s first step to raising awareness and money was selling vegan hot dogs outside Grateful Dead concerts in the 80’s. This gave him a platform to talk to people about animal welfare and veganism.

In 1986, Baur co-founded Farm Sanctuary with the aim of rescuing farm animals and providing them with a safe and loving home. The first sanctuary was in a small barn in upstate New York and was home to just a few animals. However, as the organization grew, so did the number of animals they rescued.

Today, Farm Sanctuary has three locations in New York and California and is home to over 1,000 animals. The organization also advocates for animal welfare and promotes veganism through various campaigns and events.

Baur is known for his tireless activism and dedication to animal welfare. He has appeared on numerous TV shows and has authored several books on the subject. His work has also been recognized by several organizations, including the Huffington Post, which named him one of the top 20 activists changing the world.

Gene Baur is a passionate animal rights activist who has dedicated his life to ending animal cruelty and promoting veganism.

Through his work with Farm Sanctuary, he has rescued and provided a home for thousands of animals and has raised awareness about the importance of treating animals with compassion and respect. His legacy will continue to inspire and influence animal welfare advocates for years to come.

During this episode of the Health Science Podcast, Dr. Frank Sabatino and Gene dig deep into why the work to raise awareness about animal cruelty is so important.

Episode Highlights

[03:20] The roots of fundraising began in the 80’s with ‘Dead Heads’         

[08:15] The shocking truth of factory farming

[12:30] Future opportunities with sanctuaries and growing food

[19:30] The Florida Legislature squashes a Bill for banning gestation crates

[27:00] The pain, suffering and cruelty animals are subjected to

[31:00] Animals can thrive with “life after factory farming”

[38:00] Factory farming is bad for the environment, people and animals

[44:00] Become a high performer with a plant based diet

About Gene Baur

President and Co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, Gene Baur has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine. Since the mid-1980s, he has worked to raise awareness about factory farming abuses and promoted a just and compassionate food system.

A pioneer in undercover investigations and animal rescue, Gene has visited hundreds of farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses, documenting the deplorable conditions. His pictures and videos exposing cruelty have aired around the world, educating millions, and his rescue work inspired an international farm sanctuary movement.

Gene was instrumental in passing the first U.S. laws prohibiting cruel farming practices, and his work has been covered by major media organizations. He is the author of two bestsellers, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food (Simon and Schuster, 2008) and Living the Farm Sanctuary Life (Rodale, 2015). Gene has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from California State University, Northridge and a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University.

Farm Sanctuary:

Gene’s social media handles:

– Instagram: @genebaur

– Twitter: @genebaur

– Facebook: @genebauroffarmsanctuary

About Dr. Frank Sabatino

As a recognized authority on the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, Dr. Frank Sabatino has cared for and inspired thousands of people for over 40 years. Dr. Sabatino has a PhD in cell biology and neuroendocrinology and has done extensive landmark research on calorie restriction, stress, and aging. He currently is on staff at the TrueNorth Health Foundation in Santa Rosa, CA, and serves as the Director of Health Education at the NHA.

Dr. Sabatino’s passion and life’s work include raising awareness about the benefits of whole-food, plant-exclusive nutrition (without added salt, oil, or sugar), health rejuvenation, stress

About NHA

The National Health Association (NHA), founded in 1948, is a nonprofit organization that promotes the benefits of a plant-based diet. The Association provides educational materials, educational events, and services to thousands of people around the world.

The mission of the National Health Association is to educate and empower individuals to understand that health results from healthful living. The NHA recognizes the integration of all aspects of health: personal, environmental, and social.

The NHA also provides travel experiences around the globe through the NHA Plant-Based Travel and cruise division.

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Members of the NHA enjoy a subscription to the award-winning quarterly health journal, Health Science, access to the “Members Only” section of the NHA Website (which contains all 43 years of back issues of the magazine),  the ability to download for free many classic out of print eBooks on the history of the Natural Hygiene Movement, including Fasting Can Save Your Life and The Greatest Health Discovery, discounts on books, and early notice of the NHA events.

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