May 5th, 2009 5:33 pm | by Heather Morse News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics

PDX vegan bikes 600 miles to raise $10,000 for farm animals

Vegan Bike Ride

It was 10 years ago that Portlander Josh Hooten realized he didn't want to eat his dog. He always cared for animals, but decided he couldn't justify loving, or cooking, certain ones over others. Not eating his dog soon became not eating pigs, cows, chickens or other animals.

"I was bummed when I thought myself into this corner because I wasn't looking to go vegan, but it was a lot easier than being inconsistent in my beliefs and my actions," says Hooten.

Tomorrow, to celebrate his vegan decade, Hooten plans to bike from his home in Portland to Farm Sanctuary in Orland, California. He says he's always loved biking and wanted to plan a trip for the anniversary but thought it would be silly not to help animals. So, he set up a website for donations to go to the sanctuary, which rescues and houses farm animals.

"Farm Sanctuary has always been a huge inspiration for me," he told WW.
"Veganism and animal rights can be a bit abstract sometimes when you're trying to figure out if you're making a difference but... you can go to the farm and meet the lives they've saved."

Once Hooten gets there—around the end of next week—he'll emceeing the farm's annual hoedown and present them with the fruits of his fund raising efforts. According to his website, he has already surpassed his $10,000 goal, but still gladly accepting donations. Way to bring home the tofu, Josh.
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