Farm Sanctuary

I started writing this post in July, but life got in the way and I never finished it.  Now is the perfect time to share my experience of Farm Sanctuary with all of you because of their heroic efforts of the past few weeks. They recently rescued nearly 200 animals from a “backyard butcher” in upstate New York.  The conditions they reported were unbelievable and I can’t bring myself to watch all of the video they have taken.  They rescued these animals who were all neglected, ill, or near death, and sent them to Cornell for medical attention or to their own farm where they could recover and live out the remainder of their lives.  If you are interested in the story, you can read about it here, and if you are so inclined, you can donate to them here.  The moral of the story is: please be aware of where your food comes from.  While it seems nearly impossible to verify if your chicken was raised in deplorable conditions or your tomatoes were picked using slave labor, we can all do a little more push for our producers, grocers, and cooks to do the right thing.  And now, on to the original post…

A few months ago I was lucky enough to visit Farm Sanctuary in Orland, CA, one of three in this amazing network of shelters.  This is such a special place.  They take in farm animals for any reason, whether they fell off the back of a transport truck (like Cupid, the cow I sponsor), are found roaming on construction sites, or are unwanted, abused, or neglected.  At Farm Sanctuary, the animals are allowed to live out their lives with veterinary care, love, and assurance that they are safe.

You may have seen Gene Baur, the co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart discussing his new book.  And you may have heard that Stewart and his wife, Tracey, are starting their own animal sanctuary in New Jersey for abused farm animals, and Tracey has even written a book about how we can do right by animals.  And hey, if Jon Stewart is into helping farm animals…

At the Sanctuary, I met cows that love to be nuzzled, pigs that enjoy a good belly rub, sheep that just want to be pet like dogs, and goats that like wearing hats.

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