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They don’t take cruelty sitting down in Tahoe

Special to the Sun
Courtesy John Merryfield/Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com
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KINGS BEACH – On Sept. 16, for the third consecutive year, Kings Beach resident John Merryfield and his ever-growing band of merry paddlers will embark on a stand-up paddle circumnavigating Lake Tahoe to raise money and awareness for Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. The third annual Stand Up for Farm Animals will take approximately two days to complete, but Merryfield says the intense physical and psychological strain of the 72-mile trek around the lake is “nothing compared to the cruel conditions endured by animals on factory farms.” To watch a short video visit http://www.surfersforcompassion.org.

“The event is to do something beautiful and fun to change something decidedly not beautiful and fun, and that is the treatment of animals raised for food,” explains Merryfield. “All animals deserve protection from needless cruelty and suffering, and all animals should have the freedom to walk, run, swim and play. We are paddling for the millions of animals intensely confined on factory farms, like calves in veal crates and chickens in battery cages, who are not afforded simple freedoms like turning around. As a society we should protect the weakest and most vulnerable.”

The event, which began three years ago with Merryfield paddling by himself, has since spawned Surfers for Compassion, a group of surfers and others dedicated to ending the violence animal agriculture inflicts upon people, animals and the environment through fun, community-driven water-themed fundraising events.

“By combining what he loves to do with a critically important cause, John Merryfield is an inspiration to everyone who feels outraged about the cruel and horrific practices of factory farming,” says Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur, who TIME magazine recently called “the conscience of the food movement.” “John demonstrates that there are countless ways to take a stand, literally, in support of compassion for farm animals.”

Paddlers who wish to join Merryfield for all or part of the paddle should call 530-583-6190 or e-mail johnmerryfield@aol.com. To sponsor John and friends in their effort to raise funds for Farm Sanctuary, please visit surfersforcompassion.org.

– Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com

About Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, promotes legislative, policy, and individual lifestyle changes to help farm animals. Farm Sanctuary’s shelters in New York and California provide lifelong care for nearly 1,000 rescued farm animals. For more information, please visit http://www.farmsanctuary.org.