Why I’m Running 13.1 Miles for 9 Billion Animals

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13.1On May 19—less than one month from now—I’m running 13.1 miles in the Palos Verdes Half Marathon to raise money for Compassion Over Killing. While I am a long-time runner, I rarely race. So what’s motivating me to get up at 5:00 a.m. to train for 2 hours before work each day for the next 30 days?

It’s the 9 billion birds, pigs, and cows raised and killed each year for food in the U.S., the overwhelming majority of whom endure unspeakable abuse on factory farms. Contrary to public perception, farmed animals are denied adequate legal protection, at both the state and federal levels. This allows factory farmers to treat these animals in ways that are so cruel, it would lead to criminal prosecution if those same abuses were inflicted upon the dogs and cats with whom we share our homes. Farmed animals are perhaps the most abused for the most prolonged periods of time, while having the least legal protections.

And so, I’ll runand run and run, to raise $1,310.00 to:

Fortunately, there’s no shortage of vegan athletes to model for inspiration. In fact, I’ve been drawing lots of it from the awesome documentary series Day in the Life, which in 10-minute webisodes chronicles the training process of athletes choosing plant-based foods to improve performance. Created by registered dietitian Matt Ruscigno and filmmaker Sasha Perry, the motivating video shorts prove that meat-free foods not only help improve health, but push you to new heights.

And that’s exactly where I intend to go in an effort to alleviate the suffering of billions of animals on factory farms. Please visit my fundraising page to support my Race for Compassion!

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