Timeline of Farm Sanctuary
This is a timeline of Farm Sanctuary, an American animal protection organization. It is the first national organization created specifically for the purpose of building advocacy campaigns around a refuge for the abused and abandoned.
|Time period||Development summary|
|1980s||Farm Sanctuary is founded. The Adopt a Turkey Project is launched in 1986.|
|1990s||Farm Sanctuary establishes its first permanent farm animal shelter. In 1993, it achieves the first-ever conviction of a stockyard in the United States for animal mistreating.|
|2000s||Farm Sanctuary launches the Veg for Life Campaign in 2003. During Hurricane Katrina, the organization and other groups manage to rescue birds hit by the catastrophe. In 2008, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food is released, documenting the history of the organization.|
|2010s||As of 2011, Farm Sanctuary is considered among the top five high-impact nonprofits working on animal welfare, rights, and protection in the United States.|
|1986||Founding||Farm Sanctuary is founded by husband-and-wife Gene Baur and Lorri Houston in a rowhouse in Wilmington, Delaware. Rescued farmed animals are brought in, rehabilitated, and adopted out as quickly as possible to make room for new arrivals.||Wilmington, Delaware|
|1986||Activism||A sheep named Hilda is the first animal rescued by Farm Sanctuary, lifted from a “downer” dead pile at a stockyard.|
|1986||Activism||Farm Sanctuary launches the annual Adopt a Turkey Project, encouraging people to save a turkey instead of eating one at Thanksgiving. Since its launch, the Adopt-A-Turkey Project runs every November with new “spokesturkeys” urging people to adopt them.|
|1986||Education||Farm Sanctuary launches its Volunteer Internship Program, which train people in rescue, education and advocacy.|
|1987||Activism||Farm Sanctuary holds its first Walk for Farm Animals, helping to raise funds and awareness. These Walks would take place in more than 50 cities across North America.|
|1987||Facility||The original sanctuary moves from Wilmington, Delaware to two acres of farmland near Avondale, Pennsylvania.||Pennsylvania|
|1990||Facility||Farm Sanctuary establishes its first permanent farm animal shelter on 175 acres in Watkins Glen, New York.||Watkins Glen, New York|
|1992||Activism||Farm Sanctuary persuades the Burger King restaurant at Watkins Glen to sell a veggie burger. Its success leads to the introduction of the BK Veggie burger nationwide.||Watkins Glen, New York|
|1993||Facility||Farm Sanctuary opens a shelter in Orland, California.||California|
|1993||Activism||Farm Sanctuary achieves first-ever conviction of a stockyard in the United States for mistreating a downed animal after prosecuting Lancaster Stockyards in Pennsylvania.||Pennsylvania|
|1995||Activism||Farm Sanctuary helps pass a law which prevents dragging, pushing, holding, or selling downed animals at stockyards and slaughterhouses in California. Other states would follow, passing similar laws.||California|
|1996||Funding||Farm Sanctuary establishes the RESTRICTED SHELTER FUND to provide for the safety and well-being of the sanctuary animals. Operated as an endowment for FS's shelters, the Fund generates annual income and secure funding.|
|1996 (27 August)||Internet domain||
|2001||Event||The first ever star-studded Farm Sanctuary Gala for Farm Animals is held in New York City.||New York City|
|2003||Activism||Farm Sanctuary launches the Veg for Life Campaign to encourage people to move toward a plant-based diet to promote good health, environmental stewardship, and compassion toward animals.|
|2004||Activism||Farm Sanctuary is invited to speak about animal rights at the United States Department of Agriculture, the first time an animal rights organization is asked to speak publicly at the USDA.|
|2005||Activism||Farm Sanctuary and other groups manage to rescue as many birds as possible during Hurricane Katrina, with hundreds of dehydrated and starving chickens being brought to the New York Shelter.|
|2006||Policy||Farm Sanctuary backs campaign in Arizona to vote yes on Proposition 204 to ban the use of gestation crates for breeding pigs and veal crates for calves in the state.|
|2006 (November 6)||Film release||Farm Sanctuary publishes the first video on its Youtube channel, an advertisement on the Save a Turkey campaign, which promotes rescuing turkeys instead of eating them.|
|2007||Activism||Farm Sanctuary rescues over 200 animals from live markets in New York City. Notable cases include Joey, the goat from Brooklyn; Lucky Lady, the sheep from the Bronx; and Maxine, the cow from Queens.|
|2008||Book||Gene Baur publishes Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, documenting the history of the organization.|
|2009||Policy||Signal Mountain, Tennessee becomes first city in the United States to pass a Green Foods Resolution, after launch of Farm Sanctuary’s Green Foods Campaign to promote plant-based eating in local communities.||Signal Mountain, Tennessee|
|2010||Activism||Farm Sanctuary petitions the United States Department of Agriculture to stop allowing the sale of livestock who are too sick or injured to walk.|
|2010||Recognition||Farm Sanctuary is voted “Favorite Animal Sanctuary” for the third year in a row in VegNews Magazine’s Veggie Awards readers’ poll.|
|2011||Recognition||A group of 170 experts identify Farm Sanctuary as among the top five high-impact nonprofits working on animal welfare, rights, and protection in the United States.|
|2012 (November 15)||Film release||Farm Sanctuary publishes video What Came Before, a short documentary showing horrific scenes of standard procedures in factory farming. The video gains notability.|
|2013 (January)||Study||US-based international farm animal protection organization The Humane League runs a series of online advertisements to see which farm animal cruelty video was more effective at inspiring young women to want to change their diet: What Came Before or Farm To Fridge. A total of 83,000 viewers are tracked. A smaller-scale comparison, reaching 19,000 viewers, includes two additional farm animal cruelty videos in the comparison: 10 Billion Lives and Meet Your Meat. As a result, What Came Before outperformed the other farm animal cruelty videos by a large margin. Young women who viewed What Came Before were 70% more likely to click to order a vegetarian starter guide than those who saw Farm To Fridge.|
|2013||Program||Farm Sanctuary launches The Someone Project, with the goal of providing information on the cognitive complexity of animals.|
|2014 (June 23)||Publication|| Farm Sanctuary publishes Toward a New Fish Consciousness: an interview with Dr. Culum Brown at
|2015 (February 19)||Publication||Farm Sanctuary publishes 6 Fascinating Sheep Facts In Honor Of The Lunar New Year, an article emphasizing the intelligence and personality of sheeps.|
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