I’ve got some good news for all those who care about decent treatment of animals. Farm Sanctuary is hosting its first-ever National Conference to End Factory Farming: For Health, Environment and Farm Animals this year — October 27-29 in the Washington, D.C. area. Attend if you can!
Factory farming is bad for the environment, bad for our health, and bad for the animals, as I think everyone knows. But if you want some more proof or explanation, or are just feeling hopeless in the face of the problem, Farm Sanctuary notes that “this watershed event will bring together more than 30 world-renowned experts from the environmental, public health, and animal welfare movements to collaborate on a solution to one of the greatest crises of our time.”
Want some more information on the event? OK, here’s the What, Where, Who, Why, and a little more:
WHAT: National Conference to End Factory Farming: For Health, Environment and Farm Animals
WHEN: October 27-29, 2011
WHERE: Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel in Arlington, VA
WHO: U.S. Congressman James P. Moran (D-VA)
John Mackey; Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market
Elizabeth Kucinich; Director of Government Affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
Wenonah Hauter; Executive Director, Food and Water Watch
Dr. T. Colin Campbell; World’s leading diet and disease researcher and best-selling author of “The China Study”
Bryan Walsh; TIME Magazine Senior Writer and Columnist
Gene Baur; Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder
Dr. Joel Fuhrman; Board–certified family physician, best-selling author, and one of the country’s leading nutritional researchers
Wayne Pacelle; HSUS President and CEO
Richard Wood; Chair of Keep Antibiotics Working Coalition
Dr. Michael Greger; Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at HSUS
Jonathan Balcombe; Animal behavior expert and best-selling author of Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good and Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals
Dr. John Ikerd; Professor emeritus of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri, Columbia
Lester Friedlander; Former USDA slaughterhouse inspector
Dr. Noam Mohr; Adjunct professor of Physics at New York University
HIGHLIGHTS: The conference program features a Thursday night welcome reception, plenary sessions and panel discussions on Friday and Saturday, and a Friday banquet dinner. Panels will cover a wide range of factory farming-related topics, including climate change, public health risks, the emotional lives of farm animals, and the economics of industrial animal agriculture. There will also be Q&A sessions, author book signings and a full exhibit hall.
REGISTRATION: For more information and to register, please visit: www.factoryfarmingconference.
org. Cost is $150 per person.
If you can make it, sign up today!!
(Oh, and by the way, you might notice on the website that we and sister site Planetsave, which I’m director of, are media sponsors.)