by Beth Begany
It’s now official: The 2010 Walk for Farm Animals is open for business, and compassionate people around the country are already signing up to participate.
Every year the Walks get bigger, as more people recognize the plight of farm animals and take an active role in speaking out for change. This year, celebrity trainer Bob Harper of the hit TV show The Biggest Loser joins us in bringing attention to farm animal issues as our 2010 Walk spokesperson. Having a spokesperson is new for us, and we couldn’t be happier to have such an inspiring and compassionate person working with us on this important event.
If you’ve ever seen Bob on TV, or picked up one of his workout videos, or visited his website, you know how much passion and positive energy he has, and how infectious that is. When Bob talks, people can’t seem to help but listen. He is a tireless advocate for the people he’s working to help, and he never, ever gives up. He’s kind and supportive, but he can also be tough when necessary. He knows what’s at stake, and he keeps his eye on the prize.
As we work to create change for farm animals, Bob’s example is a great one. We all need to be positive, kind, tireless and sometimes tough. And, we all need to make sure we take care of ourselves, because without our own health and well-being, we can’t be effective for others—including farm animals.
While the Walks are certainly good exercise and help us get some fresh air, they also serve as an important reminder of how much we sometimes take for granted—the ability to go outside, to stretch when we’ve sat too long, to get away and have some time alone, to smell clean air and see blue sky, to choose a mate, to raise our young. These are the fundamental freedoms that so many farm animals never experience. Forget playing 18 holes of golf or running a marathon, what about taking two steps in any direction? What about simply turning around? The reality of what most farm animals endure is beyond our ability to even begin to imagine.
Which is why the Walks are so important.
The Walk helps us raise awareness about farm animal abuse, neglect and cruelty so people can know what’s happening and begin to take action to help.
We welcome Bob to the Walk and thank him wholeheartedly for his support and for his decision to speak out for animals. We know he will help us reach an even greater audience with our important message of compassion for farm animals.
Top photo: Bob Harper, 2010 Walk for Farm Animals Spokesperson