Stars Speak Up for California Cows: Bill Maher, Bob Barker, Kim Basinger, and a host of other celebrity supporters join Farm Sanctuary in reaching out to Governor Schwarzenegger, urging him to sign a bill to ban the cruel practice of docking dairy cows’ tails. Read more.
Ducks Saved by Heroic Act of Compassion When good Samaritan Rina Deych and her son Julian decided to go food shopping on a rainy Saturday afternoon, they didn’t suspect that a trip to the local grocery store would turn into a dramatic rescue of three helpless young ducks. Read more.
Step Right Up … It’s Walk Time! Farm animals need YOU to advocate for change. You can help by joining our 2009 Walk for Farm Animals this fall. Whether you walk the Walk or donate to support this critical effort, you’ll be sending an important message of hope and compassion to one and all.
Third NYC Goat Rescued in 30 Days Last month, we introduced you to Isadora and Duncan, two goats rescued on NYC’s Hutchinson River Parkway. About 30 days later, another tiny and sickly baby goat was found wandering the grounds of a nursing home near the same busy road. Read more.
Call for Artwork and Auction Items Farm animal-inspired auction items are needed for our Thanksgiving Celebration FOR the Turkeys. Held on Nov. 21, this compassionate holiday event raises critical funds for our rescue and protection efforts. To donate or obtain more information, contact Carolyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gene Baur’s Blog Makes a Move Gene’s popular blog has recently moved to Typepad to join our family of Farm Sanctuary blogs. His new and improved blog not only looks sharper, but it’s more reader friendly, too. Check it out, add it to your blog roll and subscribe to the blog’s RSS feed today!
Escape (Goats) from New York You’ve heard of scapegoats, but how about escapegoats? That’s what officers from New York City Animal Care & Control and the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit found wandering the traffic-clogged streets of the Bronx a few weeks ago. Read more.
Are You Ready for Some Walk Talk? Join the Walk for Farm Animals community and catch up on the latest event buzz on our new “Walk Talk” blog. See how our national Walks are raising vital funds for farm animals and creating positive change, and find out how you can help! Visit the blog.
Help Kids Access Dairy Alternatives With knowledge and awareness of nutritional issues rising, we must ensure that meals provided to schoolchildren include readily-available alternatives to cows’ milk. The Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act gives us that opportunity. Take action.
Come Learn from the Experts! If you have, or hope to have, farm animals in your care, you won’t want to miss our NY Farm Animal Care Conference on Sept. 19 & 20. At this intensive workshop, you’ll get hands-on healthcare instruction and classes on operating a sanctuary. Learn more.
Stop Abuse & Antibiotic Misuse Pending legislation would curb the routine feeding of antibiotics to farm animals, a practice that enables producers to keep animals in filthy, crowded conditions and is associated with the development of drug-resistant pathogens. Take action.
Injured Duck Gets Helping Hand Lake Spafford, which runs through the University of California, Davis Arboretum, is an ideal environment for waterfowl, amphibians and fish. However, some species were not originally born and raised there, which can leave these individuals at risk. Read more.
Critical Farm Maintenance Progress Thanks to you, we’ve raised $154,000 toward our $209,000 goal! The turkeys have a new barn roof. Two pastures have 3,000 feet of strong new fencing. A new electrical building is complete. And now, rewiring of the entire farm is underway - all made possible by YOU!
Debut Camp Sanctuary a Big Hit See an inspiring video from our first Camp Sanctuary - a week to remember complete with crafts, barn chores, vegan s’mores, and quality time with the animals. Our nine campers learned a lot, but they also taught us a thing or two with their boundless energy, idealism and compassion.
Join Our Advocacy Campaign Team (ACT) As a member of ACT, you’ll receive a monthly electronic ACT update, featuring actions you can take for farm animals, breaking campaign news, new or improved advocacy tools, everyday activism tips, and feedback from team members. Join ACT today.
Brave Runaway Goat Escapes Slaughter Sick, frail, and yet possessing an indomitable will to live, a goat with a seeming “sixth sense” for direction was found running along a busy road just miles from Farm Sanctuary after escaping from a slaughterhouse in nearby Newfield, New York. Read more.
Help End Cruel Combat Training Although it has regulations mandating the use of non-animal methods for trauma training, the Army continues to train physicians and medics to respond to combat trauma by shooting, stabbing and breaking the bones of live pigs and goats. Take action.
Grab a Partner for the Country Hoe Down Registration is now open for the New York Country Hoe Down! This exciting weekend featuring engaging speakers, delicious vegan eats and time on the farm with rescued animals, is one you won’t want to miss. Get more details and register today.
We’re at 84%: Help Us Reach Our Goal! If you’ve already signed our petition urging the USDA to reconsider its decision to allow a “naturally raised” label on meat products from animals on factory farms, thank you! Now help us reach our goal of 10,000 signatures by forwarding to everyone you know!
Keep Saying NO to Factory Farming! Last week, Farm Sanctuary testified in support of a ban on gestation crates, veal crates and battery cages in Massachusetts, and Maine just banned both gestation and veal crates. Help us keep the momentum going by getting active in your state!
Bring Compassion to Your Town We are looking for compassionate people like you to spearhead Walks for Farm Animals throughout the nation. Raise vital funds for our rescue, education and advocacy efforts, as well as awareness about the plight of animals on factory farms. Get involved today!
Sponsors Needed for Coco's Recovery Tethered by the neck outside a California home, an extremely emaciated goat with overgrown hooves and severe mastitis suffered unconscionable neglect. Rescued and brought to our California Shelter, this sweet girl now needs your help to recover.
Sign Our Truth Behind Labels Petition! The USDA recently allowed companies to slap a "naturally raised" label on meat and meat products that come from animals on factory farms. Let the USDA know you won't stand for deceptive claims. Sign the petition to tell them this label is not natural!
Unwind with the Animals Soak up the sanctuary's serenity, learn about the nocturnal habits of farm animals, and enjoy vegan appetizers, a spectacular sunset and a guided constellation tour at our June 27 Twilight Tour of the California Shelter. Register for this unique evening event now.
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This week Massachusetts General Hospital killed live sheep in a trauma training course, despite the fact that more than 90 percent of such courses in the nation rely exclusively on human-based simulators rather than live animals. Continuing to use sheep in this way is both outmoded and cruel.
At Farm Sanctuary we know that sheep are extremely sensitive animals who should be spared from such suffering. That’s why we’re determined to put an end to this unnecessary and cruel practice.
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May 15, 2009
This week the governor of Maine signed into law a bill that will protect farm animals by banning veal crates and gestation crates! The bill’s passage makes Maine the sixth state in the nation to prohibit certain types of extreme confinement of farm animals. Last fall, California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 2, a ballot initiative that also eliminates veal crates and gestation crates as well as battery cages for egg-laying hens in the state. Farm Sanctuary was a main backer of this landmark legislation, as well as similar successful anti-confinement initiatives in Florida and Arizona. In addition, Oregon and Colorado have passed laws prohibiting certain cruel factory farming confinement practices.
What’s more, Maine’s enactment of this law comes on the heels of last Tuesday’s introduction of a groundbreaking anti-confinement bill in New York state, as well as similar pending legislation we are working on in Illinois, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
People across the planet are taking steps to go “green” by changing light bulbs and driving habits. Yet with the unmistakable connections between factory farming and the destruction of our environment, the most effective change one can make for the earth is a change to a plant-based diet. With animal agriculture accounting for more dangerous greenhouse gases than the entire transportation sector — making it one of the leading causes of climate change — there is no better time to act than right now.
On April 22, join Farm Sanctuary in encouraging people to go vegan for Earth Day at one of more than two dozen events around the country. Take this opportunity to encourage your friends, family and neighbors to go green for Earth Day by choosing a vegan diet for the day — or even better, to adopt a sustainable, plant-based diet for good. You can also raise awareness in your community about factory farming’s negative impact on the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the soil in which our food grows.
Spring Brings Second Chance for Piglet It’s a bird … it’s a plane … no … it’s Fiona: the newest piglet at our New York Shelter! Running, leaping and bounding with wild abandon, this bundle of energy moves faster than a speeding bullet, propelled forward by the joy of being free. Read more.
A Prescription for Disaster As factory farms have crammed more animals into tighter spaces, pharmaceuticals have become regular tools of the trade, leading to unintended consequences: more antibiotic resistant germs. Now legislation has been introduced in Congress to stop this reckless behavior. Take action.
Visitor Season Begins May 2 Spring has arrived at our shelters and the animals are eager to meet you! Make plans now to tour our sanctuaries, browse our visitor centers, stay overnight in one of our cabins, and have an experience you’ll remember forever. Get more details.
Stop the Slaughter of American Horses If passed, the federal bill HR 503, the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009, will effectively stop the slaughter of all American horses by banning their shipment to foreign slaughterhouses. Find out how you can help.
Are You Ready for the Country? A rejuvenating weekend at our California Shelter is just the ticket to getting revved up to help farm animals in need. Join us for inspiring talks, cooking demos and tons of fun on May 16 & 17 at our Country Hoe Down!
Introduce a Green Food Resolution Harness the power of local government and introduce a Green Food Resolution in your community. By passing this resolution, your local government officially recognizes the importance of a sustainable food system and eating lower on the food chain. Learn more.
Remembering Mayfly The sole survivor of a school hatching project, Mayfly was rescued in 2002, transforming from a tiny chick into an amazing rooster who filled the lives of others with nothing but wonder and joy for seven incredible years. Read more and see his memorial slideshow.
Veg-friendly Earth Day This Earth Day, help raise awareness about the connection between our diet and the health of the planet. Use these helpful tipsas your guide and get one of our “The Power is on Your Plate” PSAs aired on your local radio station.
Rainbow Bridge Memorial The Rainbow Bridge Memorial offers a unique way for you to honor and memorialize your animal friends, or those of family and friends, while helping to support the lifelong care of hundreds more residing at Farm Sanctuary’s shelters. Learn more.
A Fresh Start for Spring From top athletes to Nobel laureates, more and more people are recognizing that plant-based diets are better for the animals, our health and the Earth. Looking to make a fresh start this spring? Learn more about adopting a compassionate vegan lifestyle.
Newborn Goat Left for Dead at Stockyard Recovers at New York Shelter Always at the ready for hugs and kisses, Jack is one of the sweetest kids we’ve ever known. To think that he was once abandoned and left to die in a stockyard stall is nearly unimaginable. Read more.
States of the Union: Help Farm Animals Now! Numerous state legislatures are currently considering measures to either help or harm farm animals, providing advocates with opportunities to make a difference. Learn more about pending legislation in your state — and how you can take action!
One Bike. 600 Miles. 10,000 Dollars. Cheer on Herbivore Clothing Co. Founder Josh Hooten as he prepares for his pedal-pushing fundraiser for Farm Sanctuary. From Portland to Orland, Josh will ride like the wind to our California Country Hoe Down. Donateto the cause and join us at the event!
Pregnant Sheep Found on Roadside Gives Birth at Farm Sanctuary Disoriented, lost and terrified, Wendy was a lone sheep on the loose near Sacramento, California until she found herself stuck in a roadside ditch full of water and mud, completely unable to move. Read more.
This Bill Really Stinks! Factory farms could be exempt from the Clean Air Act under a new bill introduced in Congress. Greenhouse gasses generated from animal agriculture are a top cause of climate change but Big Agribusiness doesn’t want to take responsibility. Tell your legislators that this bill stinks!
Introducing … Camp Sanctuary We proudly introduce Camp Sanctuary, a week-long summer program for girls (ages 14-18) held at our New York Shelter. Campers will bond with rescued farm animals, make a difference through hands-on volunteer work, and meet friends of like mind. Learn more.
Major Gifts to Farm Sanctuary The Friends of Hilda Club was established to express our gratitude for Farm Sanctuary members who have made a major contribution for farm animals. Hilda Club benefits include behind-the-scenes sanctuary tours, Hilda Club newsletter, Hilda pin, special recognition, and more. Join today!
Help Kids Get Vegan Food in Schools The Child Nutrition Act is the foundation for food policy in U.S. schools. With Congress set to reauthorize the law this year, we have a tremendous opportunity to ensure that schools offer students vegan options. Learn more and take action!
Cruelty-free Spring Fashions Millions of animals suffer every day for the production of leather, wool, fur, and fibers often used to make clothing. Before you go shopping for the newest spring fashions, find out more about cruel wears and their fashionable, animal-friendly alternatives.
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