VegNews Magazine Readers Vote Farm Sanctuary 2010 Favorite Animal Sanctuary

Nation’s Leading Farm Animal Protection Organization Congratulates Bob Harper, 2010 National Walk for Farm Animals Spokesperson, on “Person of the Year” Award

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – November 4, 2010VegNews, America’s premier vegetarian lifestyle magazine, announces Farm Sanctuary the 2010 Veggie Award Winner for Favorite Animal Sanctuary for the third year in a row. The announcement appears in the holiday issue of VegNews (on newsstands now), which features “Biggest Loser” star Bob Harper — Farm Sanctuary’s national spokesperson for the 2010 Walk for Farm Animals — on the cover as “Person of the Year.” Farm Sanctuary’s world-renowned bicoastal shelters have received the prestigious award every year since the category was conceived in 2007. With more than 46,000 readers voting for their favorite veg people, places, and products in 62 categories, this annual survey is the largest of its kind in the world. The awards showcase the best of vegetarian in categories ranging from soymilk, veggie burger, and restaurant to celebrity, website, and even most veg-friendly city.

“We are deeply honored to be named Favorite Animal Sanctuary again by the readers of VegNews magazine,” said Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary. “And we congratulate our 2010 national Walk for Farm Animals spokesperson Bob Harper on his “Person of the Year” award. Thanks to his support, our 2010 Walk garnered record-breaking participation and contributions, which will allow us to continue our vital work for the victims of animal agriculture. Bob is an effective and powerful voice of compassion and nobody deserves this honor more than him.”

Farm Sanctuary operates two shelters — a 175-acre farm in upstate New York and a 300-acre farm in northern California — that rescue, rehabilitate and provide lifelong care for hundreds of cows, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys and other farm animals who have been rescued from stockyards, factory farms and slaughterhouses. At their world-class shelters, the animals are given all the care and love needed to recover from a lifetime of abuse and neglect, including nourishing food, spacious, clean barns, and acres of green, sunny pastures in which to roam. In addition to caring for hundreds of animals, Farm Sanctuary’s facilities receive thousands of visitors every year and offer unique visitor centers, filled with displays, literature and videos, as well as gift shops, where visitors will find a variety of items, including books, posters, vegan clothing and snacks.

The VegNews Veggie Awards recognize excellence in the vegetarian community. VegNews’ readers submit their ballots during the month of August, and winners are announced in the holiday edition of the magazine. The annual celebration of the best that veg living has to offer has become the most popular feature in the publication. The issue is currently on newsstands everywhere and through the magazine’s website, vegnews.com.

See Farm Sanctuary’s exclusive video interview with The Biggest Loser’s Bob Harper, VegNews’ Person of the Year!

To speak with Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur, please contact Meredith Turner at 646-369-6212 or [email protected]

Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the “food animal” industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif., provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. Additional information can be found at farmsanctuary.org or by calling 607-583-2225.

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