While spending time in Connecticut, I took a break from saving frogs and I made a special trip to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. Located in eastern New York, the mission of the sanctuary is to provide a safe haven for neglected and abused farm animals. From their website, “Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary is driven by the simple philosophy that kindness and respect to animals is our duty and that all the creatures that share this earth are here with us and not for us. Farm animals are feeling individuals who deserve to be treated with compassion.”
These animals have survived horrendous cases of animal abuse but they still like to come up for a cuddle. This goat was quite happy to give us a tour of the sanctuary.
Via Woodstock’s website: “Farmed animals are the most exploited and least protected group of animals in the world. 27 million are killed in the United States alone each day, nearly 19,000 per minute – equating to a tragic total of 10 billion animals per year.
Over the past 50 years, animal agriculture has evolved from small, family farms to large corporate factory farming systems. Modern agribusiness corporations are built upon the cutthroat attitude of increasing profit margins at all costs – which has had devastating consequences for the animals in their care.”
There are many animals on the farm, including cows, donkeys, goats, sheep, chickens, and pigs… lots and lots of pigs!
Pigs are incredibly intelligent animals (smarter than dogs actually!) and when they saw us walking by they came over to say hello!
These pigs were fond of belly rubs, gentle ear tugs, and back scratches. Most of them were caked in mud.
“Farm animals feel pleasure and sadness, excitement and resentment, depression, fear, and pain. They are far more aware and intelligent than we ever imagined…they are individuals in their own right.” — Dr. Jane Goodall
Good advice for newbs on the farm. The chickens were also quite friendly, but I think they just wanted a snack from us.
The unfortunate reality is that while these animals are living a peaceful life at Woodstock, billions of other animals around the world are being horribly abused and kept in crowded and disgusting conditions… all because of a palette preference. If you do not want to know about the suffering of these animals, then at least do not support their torture! Let’s stop the violence, chose a compassionate lifestyle, and do no harm.
…so besides farm animals, we also found frogs and toads! The weather was pretty rainy and at night we found a few different species of amphibians crossing the roads. As many amphibians are run over by cars, we did our part to save the frogs and helped move these awesome amphibians off the road.