Both Lally and Pumpelly are vegan and wanted to take the opportunity to promote veganism and compassion toward farm animals. According to the Huffington Post, Lally said “By this point in human evolution, we should be smart enough and kind enough to live without torturing other living beings just so we can enjoy lunch, especially when there are so many delicious plant-based options available.” This was his first time visiting the sanctuary in Watkins Glen, and the second time for Pumpelly who said he is “honored to support Farm Sanctuary and the people who are devoted to defending others.”
In a press release, the president of Farm Sanctuary, Gene Baur said of the two racing stars: “These compassionate racing champions prove that nice guys finish first…We are excited to have Andy and Spencer’s support and hope their kindness to farm animals will inspire others to do what they can to help protect these terribly abused individuals.”
Lally hopes that others will join in their race to save animals. “I want to try to be peaceful to peaceful beings,” says Lally. “Forget saving the environment for now, let’s work on not killing other living beings first.” Farm Sanctuary’s New York and California farms are home to almost 1,000 animals including pigs, cows, goats, sheep, chickens and turkeys.