Finally! It’s certainly taken long enough to come, but my vegan friend, Kristine, and I managed to find ourselves at Farm Sanctuary this morning to tour the farm. We met lots of sweet animals, made a new friend (Tyler), and had some excellent vegan food! Now for the photos:
This poor turkey was de-beaked and de-toed, which was incredibly painful and now makes eating and walking a challenge.
These pics are displays in the People Barn of the farm. The first picture shows a gestation cage, where pigs spend most of their lives, pregnant. They will get too large for the cage and won’t be able to lay down. Around that time, they will likely be slaughtered. The pigs we interacted with were extremely large, probably 2 or 3 times as large as the one in this cage. Farm animals are genetically modified to grow very large in a short amount of time (so the slaughter turn around time can be as quick as possible), but because these animals were rescued and not killed, they are unnaturally gigantic. The second picture shows a veal crate, which is where the calf of a dairy cow spends its entire life, chained at the neck. So as you drink cow’s milk, you are putting more and more baby cows into these painfully confining conditions. And lastly, a chicken cage. Most cages are more crowded than is shown here and the chickens cannot spread their wings. I did know about all these devices before going to the Farm, but it was jarring to see it in person.We are pictured here with Tyler, a 19-year-old college student who was visiting the Farm alone from New Jersey. He stayed there for the weekend and has been vegan for 5 years. We met him on our Farm tour and asked if he’d like to join us for lunch and ice cream. We went to a restaurant/pub and Kristine and I both had the best vegan “rib” sandwiches…absolutely delicious. Then we walked to the other end of town (4 blocks?) to get vegan soft serve ice cream. The owner had just stopped serving it the weekend before with the change in weather, but still had hard ice cream, so we had that. Mine was Cappuccino and Kristine and Tyler had Chocolate Oreo, all homemade and yummy. It was truly a fantastic vegan day!