Acton Celebration for the Turkeys Program 2017

Acton Celebration for the Turkeys Program


12 – 1 p.m.

Event registration
(Please note that the sanctuary gates will not open until approximately 12 p.m.)

12 – 1 p.m.

Thanksgiving-themed vegan lunch (special guest speaker, Harley Quinn Smith on Sunday, November 5)

1 – 1:30 p.m.

Presentation by Farm Sanctuary National Shelter Director Susie Coston

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Turkey-feeding ceremony

1:45 – 2 p.m.

Closing remarks by Farm Sanctuary President and Co-founder Gene Baur

2 – 4 p.m.

Sanctuary time
Visit staffed barns at your own pace and connect with rescued animals

4:30 p.m.

Gift store closes and event concludes

Featured Speakers

Gene Baur is president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, America’s leading farm animal protection organization. Gene Baur has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by TIME magazine. For 25 years, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses inflicted by industrialized factory farming and our cheap food system. Gene’s latest book, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day (Rodale), delivers five tenets for maintaining and sharing a compassionate, vegan life. His previous best-seller, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food (Touchstone), was published March 2008.


Susie Coston  joined the Farm Sanctuary staff in 2000, after spending six years working with a veterinarian and at a sanctuary in West Virginia. With more than two decades of experience working with farm animals, she is a leading authority on both their care and behavior, and she calls on both her expertise and her deep connections with these animals (she’s often referred to as “the farm animal whisperer”) to advocate for compassion for farm animals everywhere. As National Shelter Director, she oversees a team of caregivers who provide individualized care to hundreds of rescued farm animals across Farm Sanctuary’s three sanctuary locations; she also acts as a mentor to many peers who have started their own sanctuaries and leads Farm Sanctuary’s annual Farm Animal Care Conference. She can often be found sharing the stories of her rescued farm animal friends both at speaking engagements and through the Animals of Farm Sanctuary project.

Harley Quinn Smith is currently on the rise in Hollywood with a breakout performance in Sundance Film Festival favorite Yoga Hosers (the 2016 film also starred Johnny Depp, Natasha Lyonne, and Justin Long). A vocal farm animal rights advocate and vegan, Smith recently introduced her director dad, Kevin Smith, to the virtues of plant-based cuisine in a Farm Sanctuary video filmed on location at Doomie’s Los Angeles, and celebrated her grandparents’ 6-month veg-anniversary with a visit to Farm Sanctuary’s Acton, CA, Shelter.

Turkey feasting on squash