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Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 10/14/2011

Walk for Farm Animals in College Park this weekend


“Walk for Farm Animals,” a fundraising event, will be held in College Park Saturday. For those who can’t attend, a virtual event will be held: “Sleep In for Farm Animals.” (Peter Macdiarmid - Getty Images)
Animal lovers are being invited to “walk in solidarity with farm animals” Saturday, as this year’s Walk for Farm Animals winds its way around Lake Artemesia in College Park.

But be forewarned: There won’t be any actual farm animals to walk in solidarity with.

Instead, participants will walk holding poster-size images of cows, pigs, roosters and other cute creatures in an effort to raise funds for Farm Sanctuary, an advocacy organization.

“Farm animals are just as interesting and intelligent as the dogs and cats who we know a bit better,” Emily Deschanel, a celebvocate who acts in the Fox show “Bones” and the national spokeswoman for the walk, said in a statement.

The College Park event is one of more than 35 similar walks taking place in the United States and Canada. The local walk will include two special guests, Farm Sanctuary’s Gene Baur and NBC 4 anchor Wendy Reiger.

The event, which begins at 2 p.m., will also feature raffle prizes donated by local businesses and vegan food.

Patricia Welty, a D.C.-area native and the walk’s coordinator said the event is a good way to meet like-minded people and “create meaningful change for farm animals everywhere.”

For those who can’t make it to the walk, a simultaneous event is being held: Sleep In For Farm Animals.

By  |  11:24 AM ET, 10/14/2011

 
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