Interning at Farm Sanctuary's Animal Acres

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Posted January 27, 2012 by peta2 staff

Wanna know what it’s like to work with animals who were rescued from the meat and dairy industries? Here’s my story!

After watching an episode of 30 Days about animal rights and veganism, I decided to intern at Farm Sanctuary’s Animal Acres in California. I had recently transferred to a university in San Diego from the East Coast and wanted to get more involved with animal rights. This was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

I lived at the sanctuary for more than a month and was required to be vegan during my stay. I had a conversation with a friend during my first week about why I still ate seafood, and we talked about the environmental problems that overfishing causes and about how other sea creatures and life are destroyed because of commercial fishing. This was a no-brainer—I decided to go vegan for good!

My daily routine consisted of feeding the animals, playing, administering medicine, cleaning the barns, and playing, and on the weekends, I helped with tours and field trips. Did I mention, playtime with the animals?! :) Some of my favorite experiences were bottle-feeding a baby pig named Jumper and two beautiful calves named Sonny and Casanova, who would have otherwise been slaughtered for veal, a product of the dairy industry.

Interning at Animal Acres was such an awesome experience because many people never get to meet these animals when they are alive. They see them only on their plate. Getting to know these animals who are unfairly destined for slaughter allows a connection to be made between the food we eat and the animals who ultimately end up on menus and in grocery stores around the world. These animals are intelligent—don’t let others say differently. We shouldn’t judge them based on our criteria for intellect. They love life and have families and friends, and those who were rescued can still find it in their hearts to forgive us when they’re treated well.

If you ever have the chance, be sure to visit and intern at your local farmed animal sanctuary! You can get more info on Animals Acres here.




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  • 1387 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    That most have been a pretty cool experience 😀

  • 1398 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Im doing something similar to this during the month of August at Animal Place, also in California! :)

  • 1400 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Lol I’m going there in February!!

  • 1400 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    i plan on visitnig one in the summer!! :)

  • 1401 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Awww! I hope I get the chance to do something like that someday =) Great job Rachel!

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