New York City Teams Up with NBA Champion John Salley for the 2010 Walk for Farm Animals

NBA Champion and Wellness Guru John Salley to Lead Farm Sanctuary’s Largest Annual Walk for Farm Animals

NEW YORK, NY October 8, 2010 – On October 24, New York City and NBA champion and wellness guru John Salley will host the 2010 Walk for Farm Animals, an annual event taking place in more than 75 cities across the United States and Canada to celebrate and promote compassion for farm animals and raise vital funds to support the lifesaving rescue, education and advocacy work of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. This year’s national Walk spokesperson is celebrity trainer and television personality Bob Harper from NBC’s hit show “The Biggest Loser.”

“Farm animals are smart, friendly animals who experience fear, pain and suffering just like cats, dogs and all other living beings do,” says Salley. “The cruel conditions endured by billions of farm animals annually on factory farms all across North America is an issue that affects all of us. As a proud Brooklyn native who believes all animals should be treated with compassion, I am honored to be back in my hometown leading the 2010 New York City Walk for Farm Animals. I encourage all New Yorkers to join me on Sunday, October 24 to spread a critical message of hope for farm animals. I’ll see YOU at the Walk!”

Last year’s New York City Walk was the biggest ever with almost 800 registered participants. This year, attendance is expected to exceed that number. The Walk in scenic Central Park will be led by NBA champion, wellness guru and proud Brooklyn native John Salley, the first NBA player to win four championships with three different teams, and will feature inspiring speakers, including Farm Sanctuary’s President and Co-Founder Gene Baur, a bagged vegan lunch, raffle and special musical performance by singer/songwriter Jenn London.

“Animals raised for food in the U.S. spend their entire lives in filth and darkness, kept in such severe confinement they cannot turn around, lie down or extend their limbs,” said Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary. “No one likes cruelty and when people learn about the abusive conditions inside factory farms, they are appalled and a growing number are getting active to raise awareness about these intolerable cruelties and put an end to the unnecessary suffering. For nearly 25 years, Farm Sanctuary’s Walk for Farm Animals has provided a forum for people from all walks of life to spread a powerful message of compassion for farm animals in their own cities and hometowns. The exponential growth of the Walks is a very positive sign. This year, we are thrilled to have the support of John Salley as our New York City grand marshal and Bob Harper as our national spokesperson for the 2010 Walk for Farm Animals. Both are as passionate about animal protection as they are about health and fitness, and with their support, the biggest winners this year will be farm animals.”

The 2010 Walk for Farm Animals is sponsored nationally by Boston Baked Bonz.

The New York City Walk for Farm Animals is on October 24 in Central Park. Participants are asked to meet at Merchants Gate (Central Park West at 59th Street). Registration is at 10 a.m. and the Walk begins at 12 p.m. Those interested in registering for the 2010 Walk can learn more at walkforfarmanimals.org. All participants will receive a special limited-edition 2010 Walk t-shirt designed by vegan fashion house Vaute Couture, and special prizes will be awarded to walkers who reach fundraising milestones.

If you would like to attend the Walk and speak with NBA champion John Salley or Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur, please contact Meredith Turner at 646-369-6212 or [email protected]

NOTE TO MEDIA: Photos of last year’s NYC Walk for Farm Animals, an approved image of 2010 host John Salley, or 2010 national spokesperson Bob Harper from NBC’s hit show “The Biggest Loser” are available upon request.

Photo: John Salley, courtesy of jsquaredphotography.com.

About Farm Sanctuary
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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