Farm Sanctuary: The Happiest Place On Earth with Gene Baur

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Gene Baur is someone who not only pleads for good treatment of farm animals; he’s doing something about it. He encourages us to engage in loving relationships beyond our cats and dogs to include farm animals as well. In doing so, he says that we can help ourselves and the planet. Imagine having a flock of turkeys following you as you wander the farm, or having a sheep paw the ground, insisting that you keep petting her. Baur is dedicated to exposing the abusive practices of the animal farming business and says that we all can be part of the healing by consciously choosing how we eat. Farm Sanctuary is a place where the animals are our friends, not our food. Baur reminds us, “There are studies showing that when you interact with animals in a positive way it is inspiring, it is enriching, it is healthy. It reduces stress and improves our wellbeing. It helps us live longer, better lives. Engaging in a mindful relationship with animals is good for the animals and it’s also very good for us.” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Gene Baur is the president and cofounder of Farm Sanctuary. These farms have been described as "The happiest places on earth." Besides his work with Farm Sanctuary he is a longtime vegan, a marathon runner, and an Ironman triathlete.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Why it is important to understand where our food sources come from
  • The importance of understanding what goes on in slaughterhouses
  • What is the Farm Sanctuary and what can people expect when they visit
  • How we know animals have feelings of joy and grief
  • How they got veterinarians to work with these animals
  • Why this is an exciting time to be a vegan
  • How we can grow our empathy by treating animals well
  • What it means to engage mindfully with our food
  • How shifting toward eating plants is good for our bodies and good for the planet

Host: Justine Willis Toms      Interview Date: 5/7/2015      Program Number: 3545

Music Playlist

Album: Journey Between
Artist: Baka Beyond
1998 Rycodisk Hannibal #HNCD 1415

Opening Essay: Track 05 Cotu
Music Break 1: Track 06 Land's End
Music Break 2: Track 04 Konti
Music Break 3: Track 08 Queen of Ngorongoro