Greetings and thank you again for seeding change by helping to feed animals at VINE Sanctuary.
The flocks and herds at the sanctuary have gained many new members since our last update:
Nearly 100 “spent” hens who had been discarded by a factory-like egg facility joined the flocks in the part of the sanctuary we call “the valley.”
Thirty of the large white roosters and hens bred by the poultry industry moved into the special coop and yard reserved for vulnerable birds like them. Our Anna was part of the rescue team that saved them and hundreds of others.
The wild young cow we call Saorise came to the sanctuary after repeatedly escaping from the farm where she had witnessed the killing of her mother and brother. Another young cow, Izaak Mooton, came to the sanctuary after the person who had rescued him from a dairy was unable to care for him.
As always, hens and especially roosters arrived at the sanctuary singly, in pairs, and in small groups after being rescued or surrendered by people unable to care for them.
We’ve also been busy with the education and advocacy work that is rooted in our on-site care for our nonhuman community members. We’ve had three more monthly meetings of our Pasture Pals humane education for local youth. The special Halloween edition of Pasture Pals was especially well-attended.
Within Vermont, I gave one “Lunch and Learn” talk on the plight of farmed animals to volunteers, staff, and supporters of a rural humane society; presented a lecture on solving social problems by repairing our relationships (including our relationships with “nature” and animals) as part of a “Tend the Root” workshop series on personal transformation for ecological transition; and facilitated a discussion on “Repairing Our Relationships with the More-than-Human World” as part of the “Out in the Open Summit” for rural LGBTQ+ people. Some participants in that summit also made a “field trip” to VINE.
We also presented another workshop in our veganic gardening series — this one on seed saving—at our local public library. Further afield, I gave a lecture on “Queering Animal Liberation” at Rhode Island College. While that talk was not taped, you can watch this video of a similar lecture last year.
Everything we do is rooted in the everyday care and feeding of the more than 600 animals at the sanctuary. We couldn’t do that without you. Thank you again for your support! If you’ve not yet done so, please do consider signing up to make a monthly contribution or using the sharing tools provided by Global Giving to encourage your own social circle to donate.
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