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Tracy Murphy, President & Founder, Asha Sanctuary
Tracy Murphy is the founder and president of Asha Sanctuary. In an intimate and thought-provoking experience, surrounded by rescued farmed animals in our wooded pasture, she will recount her heart-wrenching and inspiring story “Saving Albert”, a newborn dairy calf. Former business executive and founder of Buffalo's first vegan society (Buffalo Vegan Society), Tracy made the life-changing decision to leave a very lucrative career to direct Asha Sanctuary. The refuge for abused farmed animals is heaven on earth for these innocent victims lucky enough to live there and serves as a prominent educational center in our Western New York community.
Dr. Ted Barnett, Founder, Executive Medical Director and CEO of Rochester Lifestyle Medicine
Ted D. Barnett, MD will be giving a powerful lecture at the Fall Festival on, “Saving Yourself, the Animals and the Planet with a Plant-Based Diet.”
Dr. Barnett is the Founder, Executive Medical Director and CEO of Rochester Lifestyle Medicine. He is Board Certified in Diagnostic Imaging as well as Vascular and Interventional Radiology and has practiced in the Rochester area since 1986.
Dr. Barnett teaches a 6 week plant-based nutrition course which is accredited for 12 professional CME. Over 520 Rochesterians have taken the course which has been given 11 times.
He, his wife and three children have thrived on an exclusively plant-based diet for 25 years. Learn more about Dr. Barnett at: https://rochesterlifestylemedicine.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Barnett-Nutrition-CV-11-2015.pdf
Harold Brown, former beef and dairy farmer
Harold Brown is a former beef and dairy farmer. He was born on a cattle farm in Michigan and spent over half his life in agriculture. After a personal health crisis forced him to confront the incidence of heart disease in his family, he went vegan. Living in great health on a vegan diet led him to reexamine all of his previous assumptions about eating animals, and he soon experienced a profound conviction that needlessly exploiting and killing animals for food is immoral. Now a vegan activist, he is the founder of Farm Kind and one of the subjects of the documentary Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home.
When asked about so-called humane farming, Harold writes: “I have often heard the word “humane” used in relation to meat, dairy, eggs, and other products… I have always found this curious, because my understanding is that humane means to act with kindness, tenderness, and mercy. I can tell you as a former animal farmer that while it may be true that you can treat a farm animal kindly and show tenderness toward them, mercy is a different matter.
…I hardly thought twice about the things I had to do on the farm: driving cattle, castrations, dehorning, and I did my fair share of butchering too.
Nowadays I ask myself from both the perspective of the old me and the new me, what does humane mean in the way it is being used? The old me says, “That is an odd word to associate with meat, dairy, and eggs, but hey, if it sells more products, why not?” The new me asks, “Back in the day, I could, and did, raise animals with kindness and tenderness, but how did I show them mercy?” Mercy — a unique human trait of refraining from doing harm.”