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Gene Baur grew up in Hollywood, California and worked in television, film and commercials, including some for McDonald’s and other fast food restaurants. Today, he campaigns to raise awareness about the negative consequences of industrialized factory farming and our cheap food system. He lives in rural New York state and is the co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, America's leading farm animal protection organization. Gene holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University Northridge and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University. After volunteering and working with various environmental and human rights causes, Gene turned his attention to animal agriculture. He has conducted hundreds of visits to farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses to document conditions, and his pictures and videotape, exposing factory farming cruelty, have been aired nationally and internationally, educating millions. He has testified in court and before local, state and federal legislative bodies, and has initiated groundbreaking legal enforcement and legislative action to raise awareness and prevent factory farming abuses. He played a significant role in passing the first U.S. laws to prohibit cruel farming systems – including Proposition 2 in California, the Florida ban on gestation crates, the Arizona ban on veal and gestation crates, and the California and Chicago bans on foie gras. His efforts have been covered by leading news organizations, including the New York Times, The Larry King Show, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, National Public Radio, ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN. His book, entitled Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food, was published by Simon and Schuster in March, 2008 and has become a National best seller.

Blog Entries by Gene Baur

"Vegan America" is Closer Than You Think

Gene Baur | May 24, 11 at 10:57 AM | Animals, Food, Green, Health

Read More: animal shelter, factory farming, Farm Sanctuary, road trip, vegan

    Thousands of years ago, Hippocrates, the founder of western medicine, said, “Let food be thy medicine.” Tragically, the way most Americans eat, food is more like poison, making us sick and killing us prematurely. Heart disease and cancer...

The Low-Down on Downers and the USDA

Gene Baur | March 4, 11 at 08:54 AM | Animals

Read More: Agribusiness, Alison Longley, Campaigns, Cattle, Downed Animals, downers, Factory Farming, Farm Sanctuary, goats, Investigations, News and Updates, Petition, Pigs, President Obama, Sheep, Slaughterhouses, Undercover Investigations, USDA

When it comes to slaughtering animals too sick or weak to even stand for human food, the majority of U.S. citizens are resoundingly opposed. But despite this public sentiment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) allows this irresponsible and inhumane...

The Truth Behind Thanksgiving

Gene Baur | November 9, 10 at 07:14 AM | Animals, Food

Read More: Adopt-A-Turkey Project, Agribusiness, Artificial Insemination, Celebrities, Factory Farming, Farm Sanctuary, Fund Raisers, Gene Baur, Investigations, Thanksgiving, Turkeys

  Dark, filthy warehouses that reek of excrement. Masses of animals in distress. Mutilated beaks and toes. Sick, injured birds left to suffer and die without anyone to help them. These are not the kinds of images we tend...

Change for Chickens (and the Nation)

Gene Baur | July 8, 10 at 02:28 PM | Animals

Read More: ballot initiative, Campaigns, Chickens, confinement, Eggs, Factory Farming, Farm Sanctuary, Gene Baur, Law, Legislation, News and Updates, Ohio Ballot Initiative, Proposition 2, Schwarzenegger

   In Ohio, half a million citizens signed petitions this year to place a measure on the statewide ballot to outlaw veal crates, gestation crates and battery cages. As the deadline to submit those signatures approached last month, agribusiness came...

Important Progress for Farm Animals in Ohio

Gene Baur | July 1, 10 at 09:56 AM | Animals

Read More: Agribusiness, ballot initiative, Campaigns, Cattle, Chickens, confinement, Current Affairs, Downed Animals, Eggs, Factory Farming, Farm Sanctuary, Gene Baur, Law, Legislation, News and Updates, Ohio Ballot Initiative, Pigs, Volunteers

  Over the past year, more than 500,000 Ohio citizens signed a petition aimed at placing an initiative on the statewide ballot this November to ban cruel factory farming practices. Those signatures gathered by tireless volunteers, many of whom were...

The Power on Your Plate

Gene Baur | June 10, 10 at 05:24 AM | Green

Read More: Agribusiness, Climate Change, Current Affairs, Environment, Factory Farming, Gene Baur, Global Warming, News and Updates, Science, United Nations, Veg for Life, Veganism

 by Gene Millions of gallons of oil are spreading across the Gulf of Mexico, killing wildlife and threatening coastal communities. This environmental disaster makes it clear that there are costs associated with our dependency on fossil fuel. These costs are...

Ohio Animal Abuse Demonstrates Need for Farm Animal Protection Laws

Gene Baur | May 28, 10 at 02:40 PM | Animals

Read More: Agribusiness, Cattle, Conklin, Dairy, Factory Farming, Gene Baur, Legislation, Ohio

This week, the animal protection group, Mercy For Animals, released a heart-wrenching undercover video from Conklin Dairy, located in Union County, Ohio, near Columbus. This disturbing footage shows workers brutally beating cows with crowbars, stabbing them with pitchforks, breaking...

Time to Dig Deep for the Animals

Gene Baur | May 20, 10 at 10:44 AM | Animals

Read More: Agribusiness, ballot initiative, Campaigns, Cattle, Chickens, confinement, Current Affairs, DC, Eggs, Factory Farming, Farm Sanctuary, Gene Baur, Legislation, News and Updates, Ohio Ballot Initiative, Pigs, Proposition 2, veal, Washington, What Activists are Up to

Across the U.S., hundreds of millions of farm animals, including calves raised for veal, sows exploited for breeding and hens used for egg production, are confined in crates and cages so tightly that they cannot walk, turn around or...

Help America's School Lunch Program Make the Grade

Gene Baur | April 7, 10 at 07:56 AM | Health

Read More: Agriculture, Animal Protection, Animal Rights, Animal Welfare, Antibiotics, CBS News, Factory Farming, Green News, Katie Couric

Discussions about our health care system reached a fevered pitch recently in Washington, D.C. with Congress addressing a massive health care bill. Disagreements abound on various policy matters, but there is no question that our nation's health has deteriorated and...