Singer and vegetarian Leona Lewis paid a visit to Hopefield Animal Sanctuary. She is a patron of the animal care facility and is offering support to help them with long-term planning. Hopefield cares for about 200 mistreated, unwanted and sick animals. Horses, donkeys goats, pigs, sheep and ducks and other animals live there. Hopefield is open to the public daily, from 1 to 4 pm.
During difficult economic times like we are in currently, some farm animals are abandoned when their owners go bankrupt or simply can’t afford them. For example, it has been reported thousands of horses and donkeys were abandoned in Ireland due to financial struggles. Many of the animals have to be put down. Animal sanctuaries also can suffer declines in their donations, making it more difficult to care for their animals. Supporting an animal sanctuary in tough times can help them survive to continue their important work.
Lewis once turned down one million pounds to open a Harrod’s department store sale because it sells clothing with animal fur. She also visited a bear sanctuary in Romania last year. She learned about the abused brown bears that are taken care of there. The World Society for the Prevention of Abuse to Animals says bears are used in Romania as roadside attractions, and are often kept in small cages for years. They created a bear sanctuary to take care of many abused and neglected bears.
This message was posted on the Leona’s Twitter page:
“Heading back after my trip to the bear sanctuary! Its sooo amazing, the bears are magnificent. After a life of abuse they are finally happy!”
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