Gene Baur is a man with a mission. A mission of compassion and love. He’s a man who is so deeply connected to his higher purpose that it’s an effort to even get him to take credit for the huge impact he’s had on the lives of both human and non-human animals.
The defining moment in his life arrived in a rather dark and unlikely place – a place that is termed by animal-use industries as a “dead pile” located behind a live animal stockyard. As grisly as it sounds, a dead pile is exactly that – a large pile of dead and dying animals – considered useless by those who profit from the body parts of animals.
Gene and his then wife, Lorri were in the midst of exploring the dark truth behind the production of animals for food when they noticed a slight expression of life in the pile of what was supposed to be dead sheep. Without hesitation, with hearts in the lead, they removed the animal from the pile of lifeless beings and took her to their vehicle. Thinking euthanasia was the only humane option, Gene and Lorri took her to a vet to prevent further suffering. Much to their surprise, she needed only vitamins and fluids to bring her back to health. She not only recovered, she went on to thrive for 11 more years.
This is the condensed story of Hilda. The sheep who touched the hearts of two dedicated activists and in turn, created an international movement of compassion.
Since that life altering experience, Gene has since co-founded Farm Sanctuary, America’s leading farm animal protection organization, which runs the largest rescue and refuge network for farm animals in North America. Farm Sanctuary now has 3 locations found in Watkins Glen, New York, as well as Orland and Los Angeles, California.
He’s the best selling author of the very moving book Farm Sanctuary; Changing hearts and Minds about Animals and Food. He’s an inspiring speaker and, on a more personal level, he’s also a very impressive athlete. This past summer, he completed his first Ironman triathlon – Ironman Lake Placid – in a very impressive sub 12 hour finish time. Above all else though, he’s one of the kindest, most dedicated people on the planet. He’s a tireless voice for the voiceless – always coming from the depths of extreme compassion. And despite the darkness he’s exposed himself to over the years in order to fully understand the reality of today’s animal-use paradigm, he’s a shining light of hope and optimism for a kinder, more compassionate world.
Gene was recently involved in a debate on NPR titled Don’t Eat Anything with a Face. Partnered with Dr. Neal Barnard, the compassionate duo won the debate hands down. This one is worth grabbing a cup of tea and finding a comfy spot in the living room to sit back and enjoy.
Time magazine calls him the conscience of the food movement.
I’d like to take that a step further and call him the conscience of a new paradigm.
Welcome the inspirational, Gene Baur.
Check out this short video by Farm Sanctuary supporter, Ellen DeGeneres that captures the essence of their beautiful work.
• Farm Sanctuary website: http://www.farmsanctuary.org/
• Order Gene’s best-selling book Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food
• Follow Gene on Facebook
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