WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, launched a new video series last week titled, Reel Life at Farm Sanctuary, which will make accessible the daily life and machinations of its bi-coastal shelters. The shelters, located in Watkins Glen, N.Y. (upstate), and Orland, California (northern), are host to myriad charming adventures and activities of the animal residents and Farm Sanctuary staff. For the first time, those not privy to visiting the sanctuaries in person will be able to catch a rare glimpse of life on the farm. Only this farm never commodifies or exploits its animal inhabitants. This farm allows its animals to simply live out their lives peaceably, unabated by human demands.
Episode One: Pasture Rotation: This first installment of the monthly v-log features Susie Coston, the national shelter director for Farm Sanctuary, as she implements the process of moving cattle, sheep and goats to a greener, fresher pasture where they can eat, sleep and frolic among the lush grass and forest.
Her first objective is the rotation of six, male Holstein calves, who, only months before, were rescued from a Pennsylvania farm where they were completely abandoned; denied both food and water or any means to sustain a bearable existence. Now curious and trusting, the sweet-natured young bovine gingerly rise from their spot of hay in the barn to see where Susie is leading them. One by one, they move forward, waiting patiently every few minutes for any dawdling chums to catch up. Where once they were too weak to even stand, now they blithely skip across the grass to their new destination.
And the motivation behind sharing these special experiences with the public? Coston explains, “We decided to do a video series because there is such abundance here at Farm Sanctuary it would be greedy to keep all these sweet, funny, joyful, and poignant moments that we witness on a daily basis all to ourselves. By giving viewers an up-close look at the wide range of emotions and strong friendships experienced by farm animals, these v-logs will help inspire new ways of viewing and treating these incredibly complex and intelligent beings, and hopefully move more people towards treating them with compassion.”
The v-logs are part of the nonprofit’s enjoyable “Sanctuary Tails” blog, which also features weekly animal photos and inspiring tales from Susie Coston and Leanne Cronquist, Farm Sanctuary’s California shelter director.
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Farm Sanctuary in a nutshell
Since 1986 Farm Sanctuary has worked hard to expose and bring to a screeching halt the murderous and torturous practices of the “food animal” industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in New York and California provide care for hundreds of animals ranging from cows to turkeys, goats and rabbits. This loving care is given to each animal for the duration of their life. Farm Sanctuary strongly feels these rescued animals act as wonderful teachers to the rest of the world about the cruelty of factory farming.
You can follow Farm Sanctuary on Twitter: twitter.com/FarmSanctuary or find out more information by visiting their website or calling (607) 583-2225.
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Scroll down to see the first installment of Reel Life at Farm Sanctuary.
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