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Farm Sanctuary was founded in 1986 by Lorri and Gene Baur. The first animal rescued was a sheep named Hilda, who was rescued from a pile of dead animals behind a stockyard. The history of Farm Sanctuary was recorded in a New York Times article in 2004, "Where the Cows Come Home"
Legislation and advocacyEdit
Farm Sanctuary promotes legislation to protect animals and end cruel factory farming. They played a key role in the passage of several animal protection ordinances, including a 2004 California law banning the production and sale of foie gras, a 2002 Florida initiative banning gestation crates, a 2006 Chicago ordinance banning the sale of foie gras, and a 2006 ballot measure in Arizona banning gestation crates and veal crates. Farm Sanctuary has also been active in the opposition against the United States Food and Drug Administration approval of cloned animals for food.
In 2007, the organization partnered with dairy free ice cream company Turtle Mountain and vegan cartoonist Dan Piraro to create the Farm Sanctuary Kidz Club.
In 2008, Gene Baur released a book entitled Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food published by Simon & Schuster. Recommended by vegan actress Alicia Silverstone and noted researcher Dr. Jane Goodall, it has appeared on both the Los Angeles Times and Boston Globe bestseller lists.