Farm Sanctuary: Twenty years and growing
It's been about ten years since I last visited Farm Sanctuary
(at Watkins Glen
). It was October, I seem to remember, and cold and wet. But even then I could see that this organization, which rescues and rehabilitates sick or abandoned farm animals, and uses them as ambassadors to promote animal rights and welfare, knew what it was doing.
A decade later, and twenty years after its founding, the organization has flourished. There are now many new barns (a turkey and a new cow barn are under construction) as well as a large group of employees and volunteers and an even greater number of animals to care for—including a number of chickens rescued in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Myself and my partner Mia were given a wonderful tour by the phenomenal Susie Coston, who knew every animal by name and all of their individual histories. We were politely and not incuriously received by numerous cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens, goats, sheep, cats, dogs, and the odd rabbit. No matter how deeply rooted your convictions about the inherent worth and individuality of life animals, it is always refreshing and empowering to meet the reasons for your work.
Be sure to visit as soon as you can.