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"Why Farm Animals Matter" Presented by Erin Williams
Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 7:00pm to Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 8:30pm
Erin Williams, co-author of "Why Animals Matter: The Case for Animal Protection," will be signing copies of her book and giving a presentation called "Why Farm Animals Matter." Her talk will address the importance of making humane, sustainable food choices, as well as provide information on some of the exciting recent advancements for farm animals in the United States.

Co-authored with Margo DeMello, "Why Animals Matter" examines how people abuse animals, gives suggestions on how to take action, and connects animal protection, environmental and social justice issues. Publishers Weekly praised the book as "a tough but fair-minded revelation of how mass production of animals for food and other purposes results in cruelty that usually remains hidden from sight."

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
Smith Memorial Student Union, room 101
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This event is jointly organized by the Portland State University club, Vegans for Animal Advocacy, as well as two community organizations, Northwest VEG and the Let Live Foundation.

About the author:
Erin Williams is the communications director for The Humane Society of the United States' factory farming campaign. She has been active in animal protection for more than a dozen years. Her concern for animals was sparked as a result of spending much of her childhood on her family's dairy farm in rural Illinois. She has worked or volunteered for a number of animal protection and environmental organizations, from small student groups to international nonprofits.

Williams has been a wildlife rehabilitator, a campaign director, shelter director for the world's largest rabbit rescue organization, and more. She founded an environmental nonprofit focusing on factory farm issues, and she has taught numerous classes and workshops focusing on animal protection, the environment, and social justice. She is a UC Berkeley graduate and has a master of nonprofit administration. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her fiancie.