Book: ‘Farm Sanctuary, Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food’

March 27, 2008

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. That’s what Gene Baur had been told — but when he first visited a stockyard he realized that this rosy depiction couldn’t be more inaccurate.

Amid the stench, noise, and filth, his attention was drawn in particular to one sheep who had been cast aside for dead. But as Baur walked by, the sheep raised her head and looked right at him. She was still alive, and the one thing Baur knew for sure that day was that he had to get her to safety. 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.

The truth is that farm production does not depend on the family farmer with a small herd of animals but instead resembles a large, assembly-line factory. 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 thought provoking 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. He details the triumphs and the disappointments of more than twenty years on the front lines of the animal protection movement. And he introduces us to some of the special creatures who live at Farm Sanctuary — from Maya the cow to Marmalade the chicken — all of whom escaped horrible circumstances to live happier, more peaceful lives. Farm Sanctuary shows how all of us have an opportunity and a responsibility to consume a kinder plate, making a better life for ourselves and animals as well.

For more info on Gene Baur and Farm Sanctuary visit:

6 Responses to “Book: ‘Farm Sanctuary, Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food’”

  1. Bea Elliott Says:

    ….. Heard an interview with Baur on Bob Linden’s Go Vegan radio show…. He sounds like a remarkable man. Hope to get the book when he tours in my area next month. Great blog! Thanx

  2. recovergirl Says:

    Did you ever see that movie Year of the Dog?

  3. Mala Says:

    Could you help me? I am preparing to finish my study and I must make a final writing. I’ve decided to write about the relation among factory farm + global warming + carbon trading. Unfortunately, the materials about factory farm that I have are not enough. Do you have e-book about it? Would you send it to me for my writing’s references? Thanks before…

  4. annierichardson Says:

    Dear Mala,

    What a great topic for a paper. I would suggest you do a Google search for “factory farm and global warming.” I did one quickly and came up with several artcles that may help you. Here’s just one,\

    We’d love to read your paper when you’re finished. Send us a copy at: Best of luck! AR

  5. mindy Says:

    I just bought this book and can’t wait to read it. It’s nice to read such a great post about it! Thanks!!


    This book was tastefully written yet very informative. Always health conscious, a label reader and consumer advocate, I was surprised how much I DID NOT know about the farm factory industry. My food dollars will no longer support the meat, poultry and egg industries. (Dairy is next…) Instead, my dollars will go to Farm Sanctuary to further educate the public and care for God’s creatures rescued from their hell on Earth…

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