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Treating Farm Animals as Friends, Not Food

Treating Farm Animals as Friends, Not Food

In an ideal world, there would be no need for animal sanctuaries. There would be no factory farms or stockyards. Cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and sheep would be free to roam in their pastures, sleep in the sun, scratch at the earth, and enjoy life. Animals in today’s industrialized farms are treated like commodities. They are crowded into warehouses, confined so tightly that they cannot easily walk or even turn around. They are de-beaked, de-toed, and their tails are docked without anesthetic. Their bones break because their bodies have been manipulated to grow so fast that they can’t support their own weight. Factory farm animals are denied fresh air, sun, wholesome food, room to move, and the freedom to exhibit their natural behaviors. This rampant abuse of millions of animals every day is largely invisible to the public.

Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary was founded in 1986 to combat the abuses of factory farming and encourage a new awareness and understanding about farm animals. Today, Farm Sanctuary is the largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization in the U.S. It has rescued thousands of animals and cared for them at sanctuaries in Watkins Glen, New York; Northern California (Orland); and the Los Angeles area. At Farm Sanctuary, these animals are friends, not food. Farm Sanctuary educates millions of people about the effects of factory farming on our health and environment. The organization advocates for laws and policies to prevent suffering, promote compassion, and reach out to legislators and businesses to bring about institutional reforms.

We honor Farm Sanctuary for their commitment to end cruelty to farm animals and promote compassionate vegan living through rescue, education, and advocacy efforts. This year join celebrity spokesperson Shannon Elizabeth and sponsor a turkey for your compassionate holiday tradition. Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a Turkey Project has encouraged people to save a turkey at Thanksgiving through sponsorships that help rescue animals and provide care for them at their sanctuaries, as well as educate and advocate for turkeys and other farm animals everywhere. Now is your chance to join Farm Sanctuary in saving even more lives this year.


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