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Leading animal rights activist Gene Baur examines the real cost of the meat on our plates - for both humans and animals alike - in this provocative and thorough examination of the modern farm industry.

Many people picture cows, sheep, pigs, and chickens as friendly creatures who live happily within the confines of a peaceful family farm, arriving as food for humans only at the end of their sun-drenched lives. That's what Baur had been told - but when he first visited a stockyard he realized that this rosy depiction couldn't be more inaccurate.

Amid the stench, noise, and filth, his attention was drawn in particular to one sheep who had been cast aside for dead. But as Baur walked by, the sheep raised her head and looked right at him. She was still alive, and the one thing Baur knew for sure that day was that he had to get her to safety. Hilda, as she was later named, was nursed back to health and soon became the first resident of Farm Sanctuary - an organization dedicated to the rescue, care, and protection of farm animals.

The truth is that farm production does not depend on the family farmer with a small herd of animals but instead resembles a large, assembly-line factory. Animals raised for human consumption are confined for the entirety of their lives and often live without companionship, fresh air, or even adequate food and water. Viewed as production units rather than living beings with feelings, 10 billion farm animals are exploited specifically for food in the United States every year.

In Farm Sanctuary, Baur provides a thought-provoking investigation of the ethical questions involved in the production of beef, poultry, pork, milk, and eggs - and what each of us can do to stop the mistreatment of farm animals and promote compassion.

The author is donating all of his royalties from the sale of this audiobook to Farm Sanctuary.

©2008 Gene Baur (P)2016 Gene Baur

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Good but missed opportunities

He spends so much time making emotional arguments about animals having feelings, etc. I want to know more about the unethical practices that are hurting every American, financially. The death of the SMB market space to factory farming, the effects on the environment from pumping cows full of grain. The subsidies paid as a result. The fact that these are markets are entirely unsustainable in the long run and the price will be great. But right when he starts that, he immediately switches back over to how cute and human-like pigs are, trying to appeal to your emotions like a one trick pony. Overall, a good read though.

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Listen with your heart

I hope that this will reach those who can open their heart to hear the message. Understand with logic and compassion without the burden of tradition or your previous convictions. A beautiful story with a tragic origin and once that continues everyday, in every corner of earth.

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Loved this book

This book had interesting stories and is a beacon of hope for animals. Gene Bauer is doing amazing things and I thoroughly enjoyed this book