As mentioned in a previous Vegan MoFo post, I have recently fallen head-over-heels in love with the town of Woodstock, NY. That ardent adoration exponentially increased today after a truly magical visit to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, a safe haven for rescued victims of animal agriculture, abuse, and neglect. Sanctuaries such as this one play an instrumental role in connecting people with the animals with which they would otherwise only interact on their dinner plates, emphasizing the individual personalities of each furry or feathered farm resident. A tireless animal activist, Jenny Brown co-founded the sanctuary in 2004 and has since appeared in countless mainstream media outlets, two Our Hen House podcasts, and in a picture with your’s truly (below) to passionately spread the message of compassion for all beings through veganism.
While I could attempt to convey the atmosphere of sheer wonder and appreciation of witnessing previously tortured farm animals living out their full lives in comfort and happiness, I’d prefer to allow the animals do the squawking, quacking, oinking, mooing, and baaing through the photos I snapped at the sanctuary today.
After the tour, I could hardly resist both adding a second kale-themed t-shirt to my collection and financially supporting Woodstock Sanctuary by purchasing an “Eat Kale, Not Cow” shirt from the gift shop.
If you’ve never experienced the joy of interacting with the usually severely exploited prisoners of the meat, dairy, egg, wool, leather, etc. industries as clearly defined individuals, I’d highly recommend searching on Sanctuary.org for a farm sanctuary near you, paying them a visit, and offering your generous support. To continue my personal displays of gratitude toward the folks and non-human animals at Woodstock, I intend to ask for an Animal Sponsorship as a Christmas present this year.
Comment Provoking Questions: Have you ever visited a farm animal sanctuary? If so, which one? Was there an individual animal who particularly spoke to you?
Until next time, Ali.