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Georgian Court Welcomes Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary

Lakewood, N.J., Oct. 19, 2010—Join Georgian Court University on Monday, October 25, at 6:30 p.m. to hear from Gene Baur, the president and cofounder of Farm Sanctuary and author of Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds and Animals and Foods, who will discuss how food systems are affected by the treatment of animals by food source providers.

Farm Sanctuary is an organization that works to end cruelty to farm animals and promotes compassionate living through rescue, education, and advocacy. The group’s efforts have been covered by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, NPR, ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN.

Mr. Baur will speak in the Dorothy Marron University Community Chapel on the Lakewood campus. This event, sponsored by GCU’s Vegetarian Society, is free, but reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, e-mail or call 732.987.2263.

After volunteering and working with various environmental and human rights causes, Mr. Baur turned his attention to animal agriculture. He has conducted hundreds of visits to farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses to document conditions, and his pictures and videotape, exposing factory farming cruelty, have been aired nationally and internationally, educating millions. He has testified in court and before local, state, and federal legislative bodies, and has initiated groundbreaking legal enforcement and legislative action to raise awareness and prevent factory farming abuses. He played a significant role in passing the first U.S. laws to prohibit cruel farming systems—including Proposition 2 in California, the Florida ban on gestation crates, the Arizona ban on veal and gestation crates, and the California and Chicago bans on foie gras.

Mr. Baur holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University Northridge and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University. His book, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food, was published by Simon and Schuster in March 2008 and has become a national bestseller.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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