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Attend Conference to End Factory Farming

Attend Conference to End Factory Farming


Farm Sanctuary will host the first National Conference to End Factory Farming: For Health, Environment and Farm Animals. It will be held Thursday, October 27 through Saturday, October 29, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C.  Anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend.

“This is the nation’s moment,” Gene Baur, President and Co-Founder of Farm Sanctuary told me in an interview.   “There is more awareness than ever before.”  The goal of this conference is to raise the public’s consciousness to ultimately end factory farming as it exists today.  He went on to say that “This is timely because we are starting to see a shift with mainstream opposition to factory farming.”

Factory farming has implications not just for the lives of animals and the suffering they endure but for the health of humans who eat animals and the detrimental effect it has on our environment.

Both panel and plenary discussions will occur.  A convergence of issues include:

  • Public Health: Disease and Contamination
  • Farm Animal Sentience
  • Waste Management, Mismanaged Resources and Climate Change
  • Inside the Industry: The Treatment of Animals
  • Economics of Factory Farming
  • Rise of Factory Farming Globally
  • Legal Advocacy and the Farm Bill
  • Creating Change in the Marketplace
  • Convergent Movements
  • Consumer Awareness
  • Plant-Based Living
  • Models for the Future

There will be more than 30 speakers. In addition to Gene Baur, there is Jonathan Balcombe, PhD, author of “Animal Kingdom” and “Second Nature.”  Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) joins people like Elizabeth Kucinich, Director of Public and Government Affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and John Mackey, President and Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market.  Read the entire list of speakers; it is quite comprehensive.

Baur tells me there are a large variety of people who have already signed up to attend.  That includes USDA members and those in agriculture.  The Farm Bill that is coming up for legislative voting next year will also be discussed.  Baur would like to see the bill include different policies that discuss factory farming.  And encourage community agriculture and community gardening.

As the website says, “Over the past few decades, the rise of factory farming has institutionalized animal cruelty, caused massive environmental destruction and resource depletion, and posed a constant threat to human and animal health.”  It is time to bring these facts to the attention of the public.

If this first ever conference to end factory farming sounds like something you may enjoy, consider signing up to attend.  Go to the website and take a look at what it has to offer.  It is also a way to connect with like-minded people and let your voice be heard.


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6:28AM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

I'd have to travel to the US. :-(

4:16AM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

Sadly I won't be able to go... :(

8:00PM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

@ Alice G “May God be with them in this important issue” Let’s not bug God about this one . He has his hands full getting people to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth.

10:56AM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

If it took place in my area, then I would go. So I voted no.

6:39PM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

I only chose "No" on the poll because I won't be able to go, not because I don't want to go. I hope there's a great turnout for this first conference. It's certainly the type of program that is needed.

8:32AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

They should pass this conference in every school, so the kids will learn that they MUST take care of the planet, animals, nature etc.!!!!!!

8:39PM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

If it took place in my area, I would definitely be there.

5:30PM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

Many Blessings on this very important issue.

11:42AM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

Be aware that at least one of the attendees of this conference is the USDA, the fox guarding the chickens. The USDA, the FDA, the CDC all work overtime to crush raw milk production and distribution. Get in their phucking faces and tell them that you don't appreciate their supporting factory dairies and trying to crush family dairies, and tell them for me that they are a bunch of tyrants and hypocrites.

11:30AM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

Here in El Paso, we have Factory styled Dairies. The animals stand in their own waste 24 hours a day. The smell is enough to make you wretch. Thousands of cows, in each dairy. And the ironic part of it is, there's a statue of a cow, and for many years, the little patch of dirt that the statue is standing in, usually has flowers blooming, and just 25 feet beyond, you see the real cows standing on mountains of waste. Disgusting!!! Don't let family farms be absorbed.

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