Farm Sanctuary’s Chicago Walk for Farm AnimalsPosted: August 19, 2011
I’ve had the privilege this year to be one of the coordinators for The Farm Sanctuary’s Chicago Walk for Farm Animals. The Farm Sanctuary is a non-profit organization that works to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspires change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promotes compassionate vegan living.
My husband and I just got back from Watkins Glen New York, where we visited the Farm Sanctuary. It truly was an incredible experience. The minute you arrive at the farm there is this sense of peace and kindness. It envelops you. If you ever have the opportunity to go to the farm please do because it is absolutely life changing. The connection you feel with the animals is amazing. Even people who are not yet vegan or vegetarian could not deny that these animals had unique personalities and the same will to live as you and I do.
I’d like to share the story of Blizen and his friends Lawrence and Alexander:
Blitzen and his two friends, Lawrence and Alexander, were rescued as calves from brutal conditions at a stockyard. One of the calves was “a downer” – too sick to even stand – and his suffering was ignored by the stockyard staff for hours. The other two were tormented by workers for their tiny size and mocked for their obvious distress. When they failed to sell, the calves were callously thrown away. Blitzen, the smallest baby, came to Farm Sanctuary with low protein levels, pneumonia, and in need of a plasma transfusion. Luckily, Blitzen is on the mend and will never again know such cruelty. He and his pals now spend their days with our New York shelter’s older, special-needs herd, where they are mothered by dairy cows who were never permitted to keep their own babies.
If you are inspired to make a change for farm animals, and to protect them from the cruel practices of factory farming, please join me on September 10th at our Chicago Walk for Farm Animals. More information about this event can be found at www.walkforfarmanimals.org.
It is the kindness of people like you that make rescuing animals, such as Blitzen and his friends, a possibility. Thank you, and I hope to see you at the Walk for Farm Animals in September
(Chicago Walk Co-coordinator)
This story was sent in by Cynthia of Walk for Farm Animals.
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