Walk Coordinator Calla Wright at the 2009 NYC Walk for Farm Animals. Photo credit: Nicholas Laccetti
Put on your (non-leather) walking shoes and join Farm Sanctuary for the annual New York City Walk for Farm Animals on Sunday, October 24 in Central Park. Over 70 of these fundraising walks are occurring around the world this year, and the New York edition is the biggest by far. In 2009, over 800 NYC Farm Sanctuary supporters came out to the Walk and raised nearly $80,000 to benefit Farm Sanctuary’s rescue and advocacy efforts.
I recently sat down with the coordinators of this year’s event, Calla Wright and Jennifer Parrucci, to talk about the significance of these walks—and why the 2010 NYC Walk for Farm Animals promises to be the biggest and best yet.
SuperVegan: Thanks so much for joining me today, ladies. Can you tell me a little bit about the NYC Walk for Farm Animals?
Calla Wright: Farm Sanctuary’s New York City Walk for Farm Animals is the biggest walk for farm animals in the country. It’s going to be a day of activists getting together to raise money to benefit Farm Sanctuary and, more importantly, to come together as a group to show our vegan pride and our compassion for farm animals. The walk takes place in Central Park, and the route will be about an hour from start to finish. After the walk, everyone gets a free vegan lunch donated by generous local businesses, and there will be speakers including Farm Sanctuary co-founder Gene Baur, vegan NBA star John Salley, Joshua Katcher from the Discerning Brute, and Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart from vegan fashion house Vaute Couture. We’ll also have musical performances by Jenn London and Dan Mims. Walk participants also have a chance to win dozens of raffle prizes, all donated from local businesses.
Jennifer Parrucci: The Walk for Farm animals isn’t a protest—it’s a celebration. We really like the positivity of the day. You know, most of the time, activists get together to voice their unhappiness with a company, like anti-fur protests at Macy’s or anti-vivisection protests. It’s not often that activists come together to celebrate our love and compassion for farm animals. It’s going to be a great day. Continue Reading…