When I went down to Florida to visit my sister, we made a trip to Ocala to visit the Kindred Spirits Sanctuary. Here are some of my pictures!
Posted in Animal Cruelty, Animal Welfare, Factory Farming, Farmed Animals, tagged animal suffering, Factory Farming, farm animal rescue, farm sanctuary, Farmed Animals, gestation crates, pictures, pictures of factory farms, pigs on July 9, 2008| 3 Comments »
I looooove pigs. I love how curious and sweet they are, and how animated they can be. When I was at Farm Sanctuary earlier this year I had so much fun rubbing their bellies and listening to them grunt with satisfaction. That’s why when I see pictures of the poor piggies who have been rescued in the Iowa floods, it just makes my heart melt. I mean, look at these guys!
Oh my goodness, look at those babies! And how nice is it to see a mama WITH her babies like that instead of confined to a gestation crate where she has no interaction with them besides nursing?
Anyway, while these pigs are undoubtedly lucky for having survived the flooding, they have been through a lot. They are sick, thin, and traumatized. Farm Sanctuary has rescued 69 pigs so far, several of whom are pregnant and expected to give birth soon. I am so happy that those piglets will never know the pain and suffering that their mothers have endured – but in order to make that a reality, Farm Sanctuary needs your help! If I had a farm I would TOTALLY adopt a bunch of these guys RIGHT NOW. As it is, I was only able to donate some money to the cause. I encourage you to do the same to give these tenacious survivors a new chance at life – a life that will never involve being confined, forcibly impregnated, abused and ultimately slaughtered. If you can’t donate money, at least go check out their blog & leave some encouraging comments. I’m sure the rescue workers are exhausted and would love to know that you appreciate their efforts and support them!
Photos from Farm Sanctuary email alert.
Next weekend I will be in upstate New York to visit Farm Sanctuary. I am so excited I could pee my pants. I won’t do that, however, because I’m sitting on my couch and there are only so many times a couch can be peed on without having to throw it out (so I’m told). Anyway, I simply cannot wait. I’ve sponsored a goat there – his name is Goodwin, and he is just a little guy, a pygmy goat. I’ll get to meet him and hang out with him and pet him and probably not ride him or anything since he’s so little.
Farm Sanctuary does some amazing work in rescuing and rehabilitating farmed animals, not to mention all the great campaigning they’ve done to improve conditions and reduce suffering for animals raised in horrific factory farm conditions. I’ve been wanting to go there for a long time, and I’m so happy it’s only a few days away now – it’s going to be SO FUN. I’ll be sure to post lots of pictures next week!
In my infinite quest to be The World’s Strangest Person Ever, I have stumbled upon (ok, a friend sent me) an animal rescue website that has webcams on some of the animals who live there! The place is called Longmeadow Rescue Ranch.
Longmeadow Rescue Ranch is haven for hundreds of abused and neglected horses, cows, goats, pigs, ducks and other farm animals. The ranch is one of the most comprehensive horse and farm animal care and rehabilitation centers in the country.
In my infinite boredom at work, I have been spending some time checking up on the resident pig, Snortin’ Norton. He is awesome. I mean, 99% of the time he’s sleeping, but sometimes he wakes up and yawns, or he decides he’s not the most comfortable he could possibly be and he rearranges his hay and then goes right back to sleep. Basically: adorable.
Anyway, it is nice to see a former factory farm pig now enjoying the good life in a clean stall with lots of people to look after him! Check it out if you need a pick-me-up and/or you’re just weird like me.