This year, Farm Sanctuary, the organization responsible for bringing farm animal issues into the mainstream consciousness celebrates its 25th anniversary. As the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, Farm Sanctuary urged passage of the first U.S. laws to protect animals on farms, initiated the first cruelty convictions at stockyards and slaughterhouses, and established the first and largest rescue and refuge network for farm animals in North America. Along the way, the organization has encouraged the public to embrace compassionate living through public campaigns, like getting the first veggie burger on Burger King menus and welcoming visitors to its sanctuaries, where thousands of people have had transformational experiences — including Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone, who became a vegan after a visit to the New York Shelter.
This special milestone, and all that has been achieved to promote compassion for farm animals in the U.S., will be commemorated by celebrities, supporters, public figures, authors and corporate leaders through a series of special anniversary-themed events across the country, including two star-studded, black-tie galas in New York (May 14) and Los Angeles (September 24). The organization has received broad support for past efforts and events from Ellen DeGeneres, Bob Barker, Martha Stewart, Betty White, Forest Whitaker, David Duchovny, Bill Maher, Mary Tyler Moore, Kristen Bell, Emily Deschanel, Kim Basinger, Alicia Silverstone, Ginnifer Goodwin, Biz Stone, Daryl Hannah, James Cromwell, Loretta Swit, Chevy Chase, Fred Willard, Valerie Harper, Marilu Henner, Mariel Hemingway, Chrissie Hynde, Moby, Kevin Nealon, Joan Jett, Paul Sorvino, and countless others who care about farm animals.
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