These laws would ban photography and reporting from inside of factory farms, limiting the ability of investigators to document what goes on inside of the facilities.
Last year, Baur said, they successfully defeated 11 out of 11 such bills presented, furthering the transparency of the agriculture industry.
The group also works to better the conditions of animals already living on factory farms. Without losing sight of the original mission to save and protect as many animals as possible, they lobby Congress and state governments to enact more stringent legislation for the agricultural industry. These bills provide farm animals better living conditions and more space.
Farm Sanctuary is a network of three farms in New York and California, where rescued factory animals are retired to live out their lives naturally. Baur said they are treated like beloved pets and friend and are given medical care and open spacious pasture in which to graze.
As a practicing vegan, Baur consumes no animal products. Although he encourages everyone to try a plant-based diet, he understands that not everyone will go to that extreme.
"We encourage people to consider a vegan lifestyle, but if someone decides it is not for them but they don't want to support factory farming and want to eat more locally sourced food, we support that," Baur said. "We support any positive change in a direction towards more mindful compassionate living."
From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. today, Baur will sign books at Mission Savvy on Hale Street, and from 6 to 8 p.m., he'll be at Haddad River Front Park for a lecture and question and answer session. "I encourage people, whether they agree with me or not, to come out and have a respectful discussion," he said.
His visit is being sponsored by Cormany Law PLLC.
Reach Autumn D.F. Hopkins at autumn.hopk...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.
WANT TO GO?
WHEN: 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. book signing
6-8 p.m. Lecture, followed by question/answer session
WHERE: Mission Savvy at Cafe and Juice Bar for the book signing
Haddad Riverfront Park for the lecture
TICKETS: Both events are free and open to the public