I spent the day at Farm Sanctuary today because I was enticed by a Huffington Post article that talked about an event called “Hug a Farm Animal Day.” The article also included alluring pictures of precious animals that have been rescued from factory farming and other situations involving neglect and abuse being given some love. Not only did I want to get my hug, but as someone who is against factory farming, I thought I could learn a little more about these animals lives and how I, as a consumer, could help them have a better and more respected life.
Farm Sanctuary Mission Statement:
Farm Sanctuary works to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living.
While I am by no means vegan or vegetarian, I am a weekday vegetarian and my motives are two-fold. First is because I have been educated on factory farming conditions. I have learned how much our food industry has done to breed bigger, fatter, hormone and antibiotic filled animals for the sake of getting more money with less time, less care, and less space. All of which I disagree with. The second half of my decision is because of how I feel about foods that have been genetically modified and treated with pesticides and antibiotics. I think I have the right to know what I am putting into my body and I get to decide if I want to consume chemicals.
Being a weekday vegetarian drastically cuts down on my animal product consumption and helps me live a cleaner life. I also try to buy organic when possible and make my best effort to buy organic and sustainable animal products. While I still eat meat and animal products I am trying to find products that respect the lives of the animals and are appreciative of what they give us. By buying foods that support better methods of farming and agriculture we are voting with our dollars on what we want to see changed in our communities.
If you are interested in the topic I sincerely recommend that you check out the Farm Sanctuary website, especially their “Rescued Animals” page to read some stories about the Farm Sanctuary residents. I also recommend the films “Ingredients” and “Forks Over Knives,” in that order.