Friday, April 23, 2010

Popular Annual Event Gives Animal Advocates a Chance to “Social Network” the Old-Fashioned Way

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – April 21, 2010 – Social networking may be the fastest, most effective way to spread ideas and connect with like-minded folks, but sometimes even Twitter Co-founder Biz Stone needs to unplug and head outside for some good old-fashioned, face-to-face socializing in the fresh country air. This May 1 and 2, the social media mogul — who went vegan after spending time with rescued farm animals at the New York Shelter of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization — will do just that when he travels to the organization’s sanctuary in Orland, California to join an impressive roster of speakers at their annual California Country Hoe Down.

This festive, two-day conference for people of all ages and backgrounds offers attendees the chance to learn about current farm animal protection issues and campaigns and acquire the tools they need to get active for animals in their community and help build a more compassionate world. Inspiring presentations from some of the animal protection movement’s most celebrated names, including Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur and Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D., author of Pleasurable Kingdom and Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals, are interspersed with mouth-watering vegan food, hayrides, star gazing, a rousing barn dance, complete with live music and a contra dance caller and, of course, ample time to stroll the barnyard and get to know the hundreds of cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens and turkeys who call the sanctuary home.

“Growing consumer awareness and outrage over the environmental devastation, health problems and rampant animal cruelty associated with industrial animal agriculture has sparked a nationwide food movement that is changing the way people think about animals and food,” said Baur. “This year’s California Country Hoe Down comes at a pivotal time. Real change is afoot and it’s happening faster than ever before.”

To learn more about Farm Sanctuary’s California Country Hoe Down and reserve your space, visit

To speak with Farm Sanctuary President and Co-founder Gene Baur or Twitter Co-founder Biz Stone, please contact Meredith Turner at 646-369-6212 or

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About Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary is the nation's leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the "food animal" industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif., provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. Additional information can be found at or by calling 607-583-2225.

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