4 Grassroots Organizations That Are Transforming How We See Farmed Animal
Many of us are familiar with large animal organizations and sanctuaries that have been campaigning for animal protection for decades. After years of development, they often have large operating budgets, significant parcels of land, and paid staff. But what happens when we scale down the concept of the large sanctuary and take matters into our own backyards?
This is just what a growing number of individuals are doing by rescuing farmed animals and caring for them in the same way that most of us care for our more typical companion animals – only they’re revolutionizing how we see historically commodified animals in the process.
Guided by compassion and inclusion, a growing movement of small grassroots groups are providing sanctuary for farmed animals while allowing each rescued individual to come forth as an ambassador for a shifting relationship with our fellow earthlings. Let’s take a look at four of these groups and what they’re doing to transform the way we see farmed animals.
1. Manning River Farm Animal Sanctuary, Kimbriki, Australia
Manning River Farm Animal Sanctuary was established in April 2014 by Denise, Fiona, Sharron and Tara, four compassionate vegan women whose goal is to provide forever homes to rescued farm animals. Situated in Kimbriki, Australia, the sanctuary is a safe haven for ex-
Some of the first residents at Manning River were stumbled upon by co-
With the help of much-
To learn more about Manning River, follow them on their Facebook page and YouTube channel for updates on the human and nonhuman sanctuary residents!
2. Triangle Chance for All, North Carolina
Founded in early 2014 by Justin and Rosemary Van Kleeck and a board of vegan directors, Triangle Chance for All (TCA) is guided by the mission to liberate farmed animals from the agricultural system. This is done through providing them with permanent homes at their small microsanctuary in central North Carolina, placing them at other sanctuaries, and by facilitating their transport to loving homes. Those rescued come primarily from county shelters in the Triangle region of North Carolina where farmed animals will either be returned to an exploitative farming situation or killed at the shelter.
They use the term “microsanctuary” to refer to a scaled-
TCA is currently home to roosters, hens, one duck and two potbelly pigs. Because the organization is 100 percent volunteer run, all financial support goes directly to rescuing and caring for animals.
3. PreetiRang Sanctuary, Northern California
Founded by husband and wife team and former Silicon Valley professionals, PreetiRang Sanctuary began in May 2013, on 40-
Based on the premise that “every life deserves to have a chance to express itself,” the sanctuary was created to honor the unique personalities of individual residents by providing them with peace and security.
The sanctuary is home to cows and hens and offers a sponsorship program for individuals to financially support the care of individual residents. Guests can visit the sanctuary and are encouraged to share in bringing an ethic of kindness to the animals in direct interactions. Check out their Facebook page for more information and their Go Vegan page for links to resources on animal exploitation, animal rights and vegan alternatives to animal products.
4. Piebird Farm Sanctuary, Ontario, Canada
Piebird began in 2005 when Sherry Milford and Yan Roberts bought a house in rural Nipissing, Ontario and sought to create a loving home for animal friends and loving humans. A vegan farmstay that advertises its earth-
Dedicated to environmental sustainability and guided by the belief that human-
With signs around the property like “Nice People” and “Animals are Friends for Love not Food” and a “Kissing Booth” sign that hangs over the goat pasture, Piebird is a place to be silly and joyful, but also to awaken to the dire need to save the planet and change the world for farmed animals.
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Sanctuary residents demonstrate to the public the sensitivity and intelligence of species that have been historically seen only in terms of their value for human use. Seen outside of the context of exploitation and through the eyes of compassion and care, every rescued individual is a representative of the wonders of their species, a glimpse into the individuality and personhood of everyone left behind.
While each group began at the grassroots with just a few dedicated animal-