Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Farm Sanctuary Turns 25

This year, Farm Sanctuary, the nation's leading farm animal protection organization, celebrates its 25th anniversary.  Farm Sanctuary was founded in 1986 to combat the abuses of factory farming and to encourage a new awareness and understanding about farm animals.

Animals raised on today's industrialized farms are treated like unfeeling commodities, and their basic needs are completely ignored. They are crowded in factory farm warehouses and confined so tightly that they cannot walk, turn around or lie down comfortably. Farm animals are de-beaked, de-toed, tail-docked, confined, crowded, neglected and denied the very basics of life: fresh air, wholesome food, room to move and freedom.

Through the years, Farm Sanctuary has rescued thousands of animals and educated millions of people about their plight. Many people are shocked to learn about the intolerable conditions that are commonplace on today's industrialized farms.

Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, NY and Orland, CA provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming.

When Farm Sanctuary started in 1986, it was a fledgling, all-volunteer organization that was funded by sales of veggie hot dogs from a VW van. Today, with thousands of supporters, Farm Sanctuary remains solidly committed to their mission to end cruelty to farm animals and promote compassionate living through rescue, education and advocacy efforts.

You can find Farm Sanctuary on their website, facebook and twitter.

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