First of all - we have officially been vegan for 6 months!! It feels like much longer, and we've learned so much already. Also a quick note from Brian: he has begun a venture with veganism and body building and will be blogging about his experience here, so stay tuned for that. He has been reading the book "Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness" by Robert Cheeke - check that out for more information on bulking up on a plant-based diet ☺
Now - we just recently returned from an incredibly inspiring trip to the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY. Farm Sanctuary rescues abused and neglected farm animals and gives them a second shot at life by bringing them to this farm, allowing them to live a safe, happy life free of cruelty and with no human gain, until they die of natural causes. It was an inexplicably beautiful place. We met some amazing animals with incredible stories and fun-loving personalities. On the right is one of 6 baby calves that were recently rescued veal calves and came to the Farm Sanctuary very ill and malnourished. They had been tied to a tractor and left in a barn. They are now all on their way to recovery with the diligence of the Farm Sanctuary staff and the appropriate medical care.
We met some sweet pigs, one of whom was Truffles - pictured left with Brian. Doesn't she look like she's smiling? So cute!
We even adopted (through sponsorship) a baby goat named Lily who was very playful and spunky. Here she is below head-butting both of us.
In addition to the wonderful animals we were able to meet, we got to witness and participate in the incredibly important message that Farm Sanctuary is sending. Animals are sentient beings. They feel joy, and love, but also pain, and suffering. Factory farming is mass murder; and routine practices such as chicken de-beaking and the removal of pigs tails are done without regard for the pain they cause. Separation of mothers from their young immediately after birth is also regular practice, and causes significant distress in both mother and baby. Animals are viewed as property - a means to an end. Humans take advantage of these docile, peaceful, trusting animals who are defenseless against us for monetary gain, human convenience and pleasure. It is wrong, and people who care about animals must stand up and advocate for their rights and their welfare.
If you wish to learn more about this amazing place (they also have an Orland, CA location) visit www.farmsanctuary.org
~Kristen & Brian~