Farm Sanctuary Celebrates 30 Years of Saving Animals

Celebrities Emily Deschanel, Leona Lewis, and Kevin Nealon are among those who will attend the historic, star-studded Beverly Hills gala.


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Animal-rights organization Farm Sanctuary will celebrate its 30-year anniversary with a star-studded gala on November 12 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The event will be hosted by comedian Kevin Nealon and will feature Tracey Stewart—wife of funnyman Jon Stewart and co-owner of Farm Sanctuary’s New Jersey branch, as well as makeup mogul and tattoo artist Kat Von D, actress Emily Deschanel, musician Leona Lewis, amongst others. Attendees will be treated to a vegan dinner using plant-based meats from Gardein. Vegan hot dogs will also be offered, served out of a Volkswagen Westfalia van—a nod to Farm Sanctuary co-founder Gene Baur’s early activist days serving meat-free food at Grateful Dead concerts. Musician and activist Moby and comedian Jon Stewart will be presenting various awards at the event. Los Angeles vegan restaurant Crossroads will be presented with an “Inspiration Award,” while Von D and Lewis will receive the “Compassion in Action Award” and “The Friends Not Food Award,” respectively. “We’re using this special occasion to applaud how far we’ve come,” Baur says, “but also to continue our mission of revealing the truth behind factory farming practices, saving animals from abusive conditions, and changing how society views and treats farm animals.” The organization provides lifelong care for rescued farm animals across four sanctuary locations in New York, New Jersey, and California.

Photo courtesy of Farm Sanctuary