Orland 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 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 throughout the United States. She shares her deep understanding of farm animals by bringing the riveting stories of Farm Sanctuary’s rescued residents to the public. Susie 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.