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10 Beautiful Photos That Celebrate Farm Animals

10 Beautiful Photos That Celebrate Farm Animals

National Farm Animals Day, April 10, is an important holiday to help raise awareness of the plight of animals destined for human consumption. Each year in America an estimated 10 billion farm animals are killed for food. An unfathomable 99 percent of these animals are forced to spend their entire lives confined to factory farms. These intelligent, loving and gentle beings are being deprived of all their natural behaviors, and in turn are being reduced to mere commodities who bear the brunt of our desire to eat their products.

Thankfully there are many organizations working year round to put a stop to this cruelty, and to share with the public just how amazing farm animals truly are.

To celebrate this worthwhile holiday, we’ve compiled a collection of 10 beautiful photos of farm animals enjoying their lives as all animals should.

1. Brothers and sisters running free

Photo credit: Vacaloura Animal Sanctuary

All lambs used for food are killed before they are even 18 months old, with some being slaughtered as young as 10 weeks. This trio of lambs from Vacaloura Animal Sanctuary never have to worry about ending up on someone’s dinner plate as they will spend the rest of their lives in peace at the sanctuary.

2. Kisses from a piglet

Photo credit: Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary

It’s not every day that you see pigs and humans involved in such a heartwarming exchange, but anything is possible at animal sanctuaries like Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary. When given the chance, farm animals almost always surprise us. From kisses and cuddles to tail wagging and attention seeking, they aren’t all that different from our dogs and cats!

3. Spent hens experiencing freedom at last

Photo credit: Jo-Anne McArthur | Farm Sanctuary

Through collaboration with farm animal sanctuaries across the country including Farm SanctuaryWoodstock Sanctuary and Catskill Animal Sanctuary, thousands of spent hens rescued from an egg factory farm literally took flight in their very own private jet to find their way to loving homes the nation over.

4. Love knows no species

Photo credit: Gaia Sanctuary

Samuel was rescued from the dairy industry after being separated from his mother at birth and forced to live in a tiny veal crate. He now spends his days at Gaia Sanctuary snuggling up by the fire, hanging out with all his new friends, and generally enjoying life to the max.

5. Albie the amputee

Photo credit: Woodstock Sanctuary

Found wandering the streets of Brooklyn, Albie most likely made a lucky escape from one of the 100 live-kill markets in the NYC area. Picked up by Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, it was obvious Albie needed special attention. After weeks of TLC, Albie had to have part of his leg amputated but it hasn’t slowed him down one bit. He is a goofy, friendly troublemaker who roams the farm ransacking the food bins whenever he gets the chance!

6. Mikey the huggable cow

Photo credit: Cara Frye

A lucky soul spared from slaughter, adorable Mikey was taken from his mother at birth and purchased by a broker who rented him to a nursery where he was used as part of a petting zoo. Mikey is one of the sweetest and friendliest cows, who loves running and playing in the grass with his rescued friends at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary.

7. Five orphaned lambs

Photo credit: Edgar’s Mission

Surrendered to Edgar’s Mission, these five little lambs are lucky to be alive. Who they’re going to cuddle up to at bedtime and when they’re going to get their next bottle is all they have to worry about now that they are living safe and sound at this inspirational sanctuary.

8. Piggy playtime

Photo credit: Farm Sanctuary

Most people don’t realize that pigs are big softies who love nothing more than a belly rub or a good scratch behind the ears. They have complex personalities and are far more intelligent that people give them credit for. This group of porcine friends are fortunate enough to enjoy the bliss of life at Farm Sanctuary.

9. Life is so much better outside of a cage

Photo credit: El Valle Ecantado

Saved from an unimaginable life of cruelty where they were force fed until they couldn’t take it anymore, these five beautiful birds are victims of the foie gras industry. Life outside of a cage at El Valle Encantado is a whole lot better as they get to swim, peck and flap their wings to their hearts’ content.

10. Not just a pretty face

Photo credit: Tatiana Mendez

Meet Victor. Found walking down the sidewalk on Thanksgiving day, Victor has been living happily at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary since 2005. He likes to strut his stuff, puffing out all his feathers and showing off for the camera (and the ladies).

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4:43AM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

Gah, I love all of these babies

8:51AM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

It's heartwarming to know that there people who save poor, innocent animals from pain, torture, and death. May God bless all of you who help them.

7:25AM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

Vasu M. - I honor the Jewish faith as a Christian. I have since the age of five. I occasionally eat meat, but prefer not to do so for heath and animal rights reasons. The comments you made are hateful and full of false information. You should be ashamed of yourself. Did someone teach you these beliefs or did you make them up?

4:38AM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

Work for making sure their captured joy

2:26PM PDT on Jul 4, 2014

Question: If we save all the animals from being eaten, what will we eat because they require food and drink too.

6:32AM PDT on Jun 30, 2014

A huge THANK YOU to all the sanctuaries who took in all these cute guys and gals!!

9:20PM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

There are people with names behind the factory farm atrocities. They are a special breed of human sadist. They are guilty of crimes beyond imagination. There are no excuses.

6:39PM PDT on Apr 16, 2014

What part of "say it in your own words instead of copying others' words" don't you understand? Do you have any clue at all how ANNOYING your posts are?

6:32PM PDT on Apr 16, 2014

Shan D.,

My apologies. Opponents of animal rights keep repeating biblical sound bites I've debunked. Paul referred to the Law as “so much garbage.” (Philippians 3:4-8) Jesus not only repeatedly upheld the Law (Matthew 5:17-19; Mark 10:17-22; Luke 16:17), he referred to commandments calling for the humane treatment of animals to justify healing on the Sabbath! (Luke 13:10-16, 14:1-5)

Jesus upheld the entire Torah. When a man asked what he must do to inherit eternal life, Jesus replied, “You know the commandments,” quoting not just the Ten Commandments, but Leviticus 19:13 as well: “Do not defraud.” (Mark 10:17-22)

In Matthew 7:12, Jesus says “...do unto others…” covers the Law and the prophets. But Jesus was merely repeating Rabbi Hillel's words: “What is hateful to you, do not do unto others. That is Judaism. All the rest is commentary.” No one took Hillel’s words to mean the Law was abolished — why assume this of Jesus?

If Jesus *really* abolished the Law and the prophets, Peter would not have resisted a command to kill and eat both “clean” and “unclean” animals (Acts 10), nor would there have been a debate whether the gentiles were to observe Mosaic Law (Acts 15).

In Acts 21, when Paul visited the church at Jerusalem he was told its members were all “zealous for the Law,” and worried because they heard rumors he was preaching against the Law.

5:39PM PDT on Apr 16, 2014

Vasu, you're repeating yourself like a broken record. We've all seen this particular batch of drivel before. Why are you never able to just put things in your own words without copying them from someone else?

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