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Meredith Turner, Farm Sanctuary, 646-369-6212,

World-Renowned Experts to Gather in Washington for National Conference to End Factory Farming

Congressman James P. Moran, Whole Foods Market Co-CEO John Mackey, Food and Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter, “China Study” Author Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Many More Join Forces to Combat Abuses of Modern Animal Agriculture


Join Farm Sanctuary as they bring together more than 30 world-renowned experts from the environmental, public health, and animal welfare movements for their first-ever National Conference to End Factory Farming: For Health, Environment and Farm Animals. For more information, visit

Unique in its exclusive focus on factory farming and the problems surrounding the industry, the conference will explore factory farming's detrimental effects on human health, animal welfare and our environment through a diverse program of speakers from each of these movements. Designed to facilitate collaboration between advocacy movements, both professionals and concerned individuals will be empowered with the opportunity to learn, network and build solutions for change.

WHAT: National Conference to End Factory Farming: For Health, Environment and Farm Animals

WHEN: October 27-29, 2011

WHERE: Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel in Arlington, VA

WHO:U.S. Congressman James P. Moran(D-VA)

John Mackey; Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market

Elizabeth Kucinich; Director of Government Affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

Wenonah Hauter; Executive Director, Food and Water Watch

Dr. T. Colin Campbell; World's leading diet and disease researcher and best-selling author of "The China Study"

Bryan Walsh; TIME MagazineSenior Writer and Columnist

Gene Baur; Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder

Dr. Joel Fuhrman; Board-certified family physician, best-selling author, and one of the country's leading nutritional researchers

Wayne Pacelle; HSUS President and CEO

Richard Wood; Chair of Keep Antibiotics Working Coalition

Dr. Michael Greger; Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at HSUS

Jonathan Balcombe; Animal behavior expert and best-selling author of Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good and Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals

Dr. John Ikerd; Professor emeritus of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri, Columbia

Lester Friedlander; Former USDA slaughterhouse inspector

Dr. Noam Mohr; Adjunct professor of Physics at New York University

... And many more!

HIGHLIGHTS: The conference program features a Thursday night welcome reception, plenary sessions and panel discussions on Friday and Saturday, and a Friday banquet dinner. Panels will cover a wide range of factory farming-related topics, including climate change, public health risks, the emotional lives of farm animals, and the economics of industrial animal agriculture. There will also be Q&A sessions, author book signings and a full exhibit hall.

REGISTRATION: For more information and to register, please visit: Cost is $150 per person.

Factory farming photos and/or images of farm animalsare available upon request.

Farm Sanctuary fights the disastrous effects of animal agriculture on animals, the environment, social justice, and public health through rescue, education, and advocacy.