Hope Bohanec - The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat?:

Full Version of Panel - Factory Farms: The Truth About Where Your Food Comes From



Factory farms dominate U.S. food production, employing abusive practices that maximize agribusiness profits at the expense of the environment, our communities, animal welfare, and even our health.

Far from the idyllic, spacious pastures that are shown in advertisements for meat, milk, and eggs, factory farms typically consist of large numbers of animals being raised in extreme confinement. Animals on factory farms are regarded as commodities to be exploited for profit. They undergo painful mutilations and are bred to grow unnaturally fast and large for the purpose of maximizing meat, egg, and milk production for the food industry. Their bodies cannot support this growth, which results in debilitating and painful conditions and deformities.

The factory farming industry puts incredible strain on our natural resources. The extreme amount of waste created by raising so many animals in one place pollutes our land, air, and water. Residents of rural communities surrounding factory farms report high incidents of illness, and their property values are often lowered by their proximity to industrial farms. To counteract the health challenges presented by overcrowded, stressful, unsanitary living conditions, antibiotics are used extensively on factory farms, which can create drug-resistant bacteria and put human health at risk.

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Hope Bohanec

Hope Bohanec

2015 Conference
http://www.the-ultimate-betrayal.com/
Hope Bohanec is the Projects Manager for United Poultry Concerns and the author of the compelling book, The Ultimate Betrayal, Is There Happy Meat? This timely book explores the new trend of alternative, small scale animal farming. Drawing on peer-reviewed research, worker testimony and meeting the animals themselves, The Ultimate Betrayal investigates the recent shift in the language and labeling of animals processed for food. Hope has been active in animal protection and environmental activism for over 20 years and is a nationally recognized leader and speaker in the animal protection movement. She has organized countless public education campaigns, demonstrations, and fundraisers to offer a voice for animals. She has led campaigns like getting the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to sign a VegDay Resolution encouraging meat-free eating in the city and was the Sonoma County Coordinator for a statewide proposition to help protect farm animals. She offered her organizational talents as the Campaigns Director for the international animal protection organization, In Defense of Animals, and is now the Executive Director of the North Bay’s educational outreach organization Compassionate Living. Hope is the primary organizer for United Poultry Concerns’ annual Conscious Eating Conference at UC Berkeley as well as the Sonoma County VegFest. Hope is currently working on her second book, The Humane Hoax, and lives with her husband and co-author, Cogen Bohanec, in Sonoma County, California, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Will Tuttle Ph.D.

Will Tuttle Ph.D.

2015 Conference
Dr. Will Tuttle, visionary author, educator, and inspirational speaker, has presented widely throughout North America, Europe, and the Pacific. Author of the acclaimed Amazon #1 best-seller The World Peace Diet, which has been published in over 15 languages, he is a recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award as well as the Empty Cages Prize. The creator of several wellness and advocacy training programs, he is also co-creator of VeganPalooza, the largest online vegan event. The editor of a recent book on the intersectionality of social justice issues, Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice, he is also the co-founder of the non-profit Circle of Compassion and the Worldwide Prayer Circle for Animals. A vegan since 1980, he is a frequent radio, television, and online presenter and writer. He is featured in the acclaimed documentary film Cowspiracy as we as the documentary Animals and the Buddha.   Dr. Tuttle’s Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, focused on educating intuition and altruism in adults, and he has taught college courses in creativity, humanities, mythology, religion, and philosophy. A former Zen monk and a Dharma Master in the Korean Zen tradition, he has created eight CD albums of uplifting original piano music. With his spouse Madeleine, a Swiss visionary artist, he presents over 100 lectures, workshops, and concerts annually at college campuses, spiritual centers, conferences, and peace, social justice, animal protection, health, and environmental gatherings.

David Robinson Simon J.D.

David Robinson Simon J.D.

2015 Conference
David Robinson Simon is a lawyer and advocate for sustainable consumption. He works as general counsel for a healthcare company and serves on the board of the APRL Fund, a non-profit dedicated to protecting animals. David received his B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of Southern California. He is also the author of New Millennium Law Dictionary, a full-length legal dictionary. He lives in Southern California with his partner, artist Tania Marie, and their rabbit, tortoise, and two cats.


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