New York Celebration for the Turkeys Speakers
Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine. Since the mid-1980s, Gene has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our system of cheap food production. His thought-provoking book, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, a national best seller, examines the ethical questions surrounding the production of beef, poultry, pork, milk, and eggs and exposes the mistreatment of the billions of farm animals who are exploited for food in the United States every year.
Susie Coston- Farm Sanctuary’s national shelter director, joined Farm Sanctuary in March 2000, following six years of working for a veterinarian and a sanctuary in West Virginia. Before that, she earned a master’s degree in special education and worked with humans with disabilities, but she felt her calling was to work with animals. Susie has been a mentor to many of her peers – some of whom have started their own sanctuaries. She shares her deep understanding of farm animals by bringing the stories of love, life, and loss of Farm Sanctuary’s rescued animals to the public. She oversees a staff of caregivers, feeders, cleaners, and project workers to ensure that the hundreds of farm animals sheltered at Farm Sanctuary each year receive the best possible care at every stage of their lives.
Danielle Konya, founder of Vegan Treats in Bethlehem, Penn., is an ethical vegan with a “do it yourself” attitude rivaled only by her sweet tooth. We all know that healthy and compassionate eating is all about sacrifice… yeah right! Danielle blew that dessert fallacy out of the water long ago with the creation of her first Chocolate Peanut Butter Bomb cake. She set out to make a vegan cake that didn’t just taste good, but actually tasted better than any other cake, vegan or otherwise. She succeeded. For the last 10-plus years, her desserts have won the hearts of pretty much everyone with functioning taste buds. Vegan Treats goes the cruelty-free route and satisfies both the palate and the conscience, inextricably linking the business of dessert with the ethics of caring about animals.
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