26 April 2010

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone set to attend Farm Sanctuary’s California ‘Country Hoe Down’

Biz Stone, Twitter’s co-founder and long time vegan, may or may not be donning overalls, a straw hat and cowboy boots—animal friendly of course— nevertheless he will be a guest speaker at Farm Sanctuary’s annual “Country Hoe Down.”

It’s quite fitting that Stone will make an appearance at the event considering his conversion from omnivore to vegan was inspired after he visited Farm Sanctuary’s New York Shelter in 2001. The 36-year-old entrepreneur has also joined forces with Physicians for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in its fight for increasing vegetarian options in the National School Lunch Program.

The two-day event is open to people of all ages and will offer attendees an opportunity to learn about current farm animal protection issues and campaigns. In addition to Stone, presenters will include 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."

“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.”

Other activities will include hayrides, a chance to visit with the animals residing at the shelter, vegan food and of course live music complete with a contra dance caller.

The “Country Hoe Down” takes place May 1 and 2 at Farm Sanctuary’s Shelter in Orland, Calif. Unfortunately registration for the event has closed.

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