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October 06, 2009


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Thanking businesses for making vegan choices is a fantastic idea!

Thank you for this article - every day I wonder how I can go on while all these terrible things are happening. It's nice to hear how other people deal with it.

It's hard enough for me to hear about all the cruelty that farm animals have to suffer - I can only imagine how hard it must be for all those people who see first hand what it is like and who deal with it every day. I'm so grateful for Farm Sanctuary and the people who take care of farm animals in any way. I wish you all the strength you need to keep going. Thank you for all you do!

There are some days when it's completely overwhelming for me. I think if I read one more heartbreaking article, watch one more painful video, I will implode. So, I write. It all comes pouring out in my poetry and my short stories. I can feel the anguish and pain welling up as the words fly onto the virtual page. Once done and posted on my MySpace page, there is a huge sigh of relief and release. I've made a statement for the animals. Albeit small, it's still a statement, MY statement, my voice for THEM.

Then I give my precious pound rescue dog a body massage and see the look of unconditional love in her eyes. I bring out our vegan treats and we indulge ourselves. I start thinking of the wonderful meal I'm going to have that night, and smile at the thought of how I changed my life to vegan, saving countless lives in the process.

I remind myself that I DID make a difference, no matter how small. I take that time to regroup and roll up my sleeves to get ready for the next round.

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Gene Baur, President and Co-founder of Farm Sanctuary

Gene grew up in Hollywood, California and worked in commercials for McDonald's and other fast food restaurants. He adopted a vegan lifestyle in 1985, and today, he campaigns to raise awareness about the negative consequences of industrialized factory farming and our cheap food system. He lives in Washington, DC and is the co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary. Read more.

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