WCS-016: Gene Baur saves animals from factory farms and promotes compassion through a vegan lifestyle

Gene BaurGene Baur discusses the challenges involved in working to change mainstream culture’s treatment of animals. Hear how and why he promotes a vegan lifestyle, animal rights, and rescuing animals from factory farming.

About Gene Baur:

Gene Baur is co‑founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, America’s leading farm animal protection organization. Gene Baur has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by TIME magazine.  For 25 years he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our cheap food system.  His book, entitled Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, was published by Touchstone in March 2008 and has appeared on the Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe best-seller lists.

Gene was nominated by Patty Webster in World Changer Session #1.

Personal Mantra:

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

The courage to change the things I can,

And the wisdom to know the difference.”

~The Serenity Prayer

“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.”

~Francis of Assisi, The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi

One of his greatest challenges:

Gene talks about the challenges of standing for an idea that is far outside of the mainstream and how he finds hope.

When he knows the work he is doing is making a difference:

Gene shares a moving story about a rescued calf and seeing not only meeting the calfs physical needs but emotional needs as well.

Practical Advice:

Gene shares his thoughts on building good habits and finding community.

Personal Practice That Keeps Him Going on the Tough Days

Gene runs and walks in nature to find perspective and balance.

Best strategies for funding:

You can sometimes go to individual resources, philanthropists, or reach out in a broad way through IndieGogo.

Tools or Technology:

Meetup.com for connecting with local community.

HappyCow for finding vegetarian or vegan food.


Recommended books and films:

Farm Sanctuary by Gene Baur

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

Nomination for Upcoming World Changer Sessions Guest:

Thich Nhat Hanh

How to get in touch:



Farm Sanctuary’s Facebook page

Gene Baur’s Facebook page

  • WorldChangerSessions

    Gene and I recorded this interview just a couple of days before Lexi’s and my wedding. We had family and friends in the house and all kinds of preparations going on. I was actually 20 minutes late calling Gene…so embarrassing! And then I messed up the recording of the first few minutes. Gene was gracious about my delays and gaffs and then he shared such great insights. Oh, and I completely forgot to mention that he was nominated by our first World Changers’ guest, Patty Webster of Amazon Promise.

  • what a love you show between you and your cow, i have pet little goat, i also love my goat see our pic