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Stand up and paddle for farm animals next month in Lake Tahoe

August 26, 2010 |  7:13 pm

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What does stand-up paddling have to do with farm animals? You'll find out if you load up your board and head up to Lake Tahoe on Sept. 10 to join Kings Beach resident John Merryfield when he paddles around the lake to raise money for Farm Sanctuary, a farm animal protection organization.

Merryfield expects to take two days to paddle the 72-mile perimeter of the lake. He did it last year in three days (photo above, Merryfield in center) and raised $3,050 for the organization. He was joined by eight people paddling the first day for 26 miles, with Merryfield and one other person finishing the entire trip.

Farm Sanctuary is active in raising awareness about farm animal cruelty and factory farming, conducts animal rescues and adoptions, and maintains shelters in Orland, Calif., and upstate New York. In a press release about Merryfield's upcoming paddle, Farm Sanctuary President Gene Baur said, "Whether you are an amateur vegan chef or a businessperson, a fashion designer or an outdoors enthusiast, there are many ways you can raise awareness and help create change."

Merryfield will begin the paddle at 8 a.m. Sept. 10 in Kings Beach, across from Tahoe Paddle and Oar. Paddlers are welcome to join him; donations can be made through his website.

July in animal news: Five questions with Farm Sanctuary president and co-founder Gene Baur
Rescue success story: Angelo, lamb born en route to slaughter, thrives at New York's Farm Sanctuary

-- Julie Sheer

Photo by Michael Fish

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