Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Baby Riley Is Suffering

 Baby Riley...  news in from Farm Sanctuary                                                                                                                                                                     Help save baby Riley
Of all the tiny, shaking piglets in the crowded pen at a recent stockyard auction, Riley was the smallest, and clearly suffering. This poor baby was too sick to stand upright, his head awkwardly tilted to the side, and one of his eyes was nearly swollen shut.
As the auction went on, and bystanders did nothing, little Riley was left to die – stumbling in the corner of the pen. But thankfully, Farm Sanctuary’s Emergency Rescue Team was there to protect this fragile baby and lift him out of this heartless scene.
Like you, we wanted to reach out and hold him. We couldn’t just stand by and watch this tiny piglet suffer and die, so we rushed him to safety.

Now Farm Sanctuary is doing everything we can to give Riley the urgent care he needs to survive. Please help by donating to the Emergency Rescue Fund now.
His condition is critical. Severe infection has left his eye badly injured and his ear filled with fluid, causing him intense pain. Immediate surgery at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals is necessary to relieve the pressure in his ear and begin the healing process. And while we remain terribly concerned about his prognosis, his improved appetite and balance give us reason for hope.
Donate now to help baby Riley receive the specialized care he needs to beat the odds and heal from this horrendous neglect and sad start in life. Your donation will also help ensure that Farm Sanctuary can respond to the next emergency, no matter where or when it occurs.
Tragically, Riley never needed to become so sick. His illness likely began as nothing more than basic pneumonia. But because those who were supposed to care for him neglected to help him, his infection worsened. Now he is fighting for his life.

Please donate today to help give Riley the love and care he should have received from the start.
Although we cannot guarantee Riley’s recovery, with your emergency donation, we can guarantee that this precious baby will know nothing but loving hands, a soft bed and gentle care as we work to bring him back to health.
Help us show Riley that humans are not all cruel, that his life matters, and that relief and comfort can await him. Donate now to help Riley and ensure we are ready to respond to the next emergency call.
If there was ever an animal who needed your support, it’s Riley. Please be generous  Farm Sanctuary Emergency Fund. .
Farm Sanctuary

 Thank you for taking the time to read baby Riley's story.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

This Just In From Farm Sanctuary

Dear Kelly
Every year in America, as many as 900,000 intelligent, sensitive pigs who are too sick, injured or weak to stand or walk are violently pushed or dragged to get them to slaughterhouse kill floors, where they are processed for the human food supply.

Pigs are playful, friendly animals who form strong bonds with their caregivers and fellow pigs. They “sing” to their babies while nursing, love to sleep nose to nose, and have the intellectual capacity of a 3-year-old child.

Other pigs are cruelly cast aside, left to suffer for hours or days without food, water or veterinary care – until they die from this torturous neglect.

Today, you have the chance to help stop this cruelty. Donate now to support FARM SANCTUARY'S No Downers Campaign and all of our work for abused farm animals.

Last year, President Obama announced a new U.S. Department of Agriculture rule that bans the slaughter of cattle who become downed at any time. This new rule set an important precedent that gives Farm Sanctuary the momentum we need to extend that same protection to pigs and other farm animals.

But we need your help. The pork industry is fighting to keep business as usual. They want to keep sending sick, injured pigs – animals far more likely to be suffering from disease or covered in feces – straight into the human food supply. Pigs – and consumers – deserve better.

Donate now to support Farm Sanctuary’s legislative, legal and public awareness efforts to stop this abuse of pigs and end all cruelty to farm animals.

With your help our No Downers Campaign will:

Stop this cruelty to pigs, sheep, goats, and other farm animals when they are at their most vulnerable.

.Force the factory farming industry to end the cruel and neglectful practices that cause animals to become downed in the first place.

.Protect the food supply by ensuring that sick animals are not slaughtered for human consumption.

Pigs are thinking, feeling beings. They don’t deserve the horrible cruelty they face. Donate now to help our No Downers Campaign and all of our work for abused farm animals!

Yours for farm animals,

Gene Baur

President and Co-founder, Farm Sanctuary

Friday, May 14, 2010


Watch the video here   of the 6 baby rescued calves.  They're ALL doing fine!
They are living and thriving at the New York Sanctuary.
If you read my previous post... or even it you didn't... You will want to read this!

Friday, March 26, 2010

I just got this email from Farm Sanctuary!

Newborn Calves Tied to a Tractor,Left to Die in a Garage.
How can people be this cruel??!! This shows no regard for life at all!  I'm so happy these babies didn't end up in the meat section of the grocery store. Think about it. All of the other animals do end up there. These living, breathing, beautiful creatures.  They all die. They all sit on styrofoam trays wrapped in suran wrap. We need to rethink this.
This is just my opinion. I had to write this before you read the urgent notice.

Farm Sanctuary has just been alerted by an SPCA in Pennsylvania to a cruelty case involving six newborn calves found starving to death at a dairy farm.

Some of the calves were tied to a tractor and abandoned. Others were left to die in a garage. They were unable to get food or water, unable to move or walk. The calves are all newborns, some born just days ago.

The calves are barely clinging to life. Many are unable to stand. Their eyes are sunken-in from severe dehydration. They are suffering from anemia and are extremely weak.

Working with the SPCA, Farm Sanctuary secured legal custody of the calves and immediately launched a rescue effort. We are now working urgently to save their lives.

Please, make a special donation to the Emergency Rescue Fund now to support our lifesaving efforts to save these helpless, innocent newborn calves.

Farm Sanctuary’s National Shelter Director Susie Coston administered urgent care as we rushed the calves to the Cornell University Veterinary Hospital for Animals.
The calves are fighting for their lives … they need help right now, just to survive.



Male calves in the dairy industry are often considered to be of little to no value, and are therefore killed shortly after birth or sent into veal production. These calves were no exception. They were simply discarded, like trash being disposed of.
But, they are not trash. They are helpless babies, torn from their mothers upon birth. Through no fault of their own, they were born into a cruel industry that disregards their lives. They are at our mercy and utterly dependent on people to care for them.
Right now, the calves are depending on people in the world who care, people like you.
You can help give these calves the care they need. Please, be a part of saving their lives and making their rescue possible with a gift to the Emergency Rescue Fund today.
Your support at this critical time will give relief, and life, to farm animals in need. We will keep you updated on the status of this rescue as our work continues.

Photos provided by Officer Denise Turkavage

.Farm Sanctuary, PO Box 150, Watkins Glen, NY 14891

I love Farm Sanctuary's work. I've donated to them many times. You can check them out. While your there read about  the care they give their rescued farm animals when they arrive at the farm, and throughout their whole lives.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Use What You Have ~ Pasta Salad

This is a quick one!   I just used what I had!  I had some spinich noodles and a bunch of cans.
I cut the large black  olives in half, but other than that, I just dumped stuff in.

I had some snap peas
I squirt in a little dijon mustard
Garbanzo beans canned organic
Black olives
Black beans, canned organic
Italian herb organic dressing
Garlic Powder
Tomatoes cut into small pieces
That's it!! cook the noodles, add the veggies, and season to taste.
No animals killed for this recipe!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Did You Know About This

Are you concerned about the environment?  Well, you need to read this.  Take a look around this site.Click HERE This is put out by the Humane Society of the United States.  "Factory Farming:  Polluting The Environment, And Getting Away With It".  Together we're "Working to reduce the suffering of animals raised for meat, eggs, and milk."  Like I said before... This is not the family farms. It's the Factory Farming Industry.
God bless any of you who take the time to look.

Monday, January 25, 2010

~ Vegetarian ~Yummy Rice Recipe

One of the easiest ways to "give" to the cause of helping Factory Farmed Animals, is to eat Vegetarian 2 days a week.  Just think if millions of people did this. It would greatly cut down on the number of animals needed to slaughter for food each year.  "Supply and Demand"...If the demand is less the supply WILL be less too.  It also helps the pocket book.  And one day lead to more vegetarians in the world.

This recipe makes enough for a whole family, or to take to a covered dish/pot luck gathering.
It is basically a "use what you have" kind of dish, and a "tummy filler" ~ "comfort food"  for sure.
Here are ideas of the ingredients I used for mine. You can use a whole varity of different things in yours.

The mustard was something I threw in for a little extra taste. About 2 table spoons.  I used canned mushrooms, but usually I use fresh.  I buy this organic tomato soup, it's so good.  I add a little wine to use as some liquid while sauteeing the veggies. I also got a pack of pre-cut tri-colored bell peppers.
Like I said. Just have fun, and use what you have.  I've used cut up carrots, and even zuchini and yellow squash.
I got some of this organic garlic and also plopped in some salsa. I use white rice for this. You can get it organic too.
Chopped Tomatoes or 1 can of chopped Tomatoes (drained)
Olive Oil
Salt &Pepper
Wine or Water for sauteeing
Garlic- chopped fresh, jar, or powder. What ever you have or like.
1/2 cup Salsa (optional)
2 cups White Rice
2 1/2 cups Water
1 can Tomato Soup
Sometimes I use canned chopped tomatoes but I had these cherry tomatoes already in the fridg.  I cut up some organic green onions from my garden.  They're very easy to grow. I just have a pot out on the patio. Sometimes they even come back the  next year.

Sautee all of the veggies in extra virgin- first, cold pressed- olive oil. At this point I add a little wine or water. Sautee for about 3 minutes. (If using a harder vegetable like carrots or broccoli, cook it until it's firm) Add
the tomatoes and green onions.  Stir  everything around.

Add the soup, stir. Then add the dry rice. Stir everything together.
For this amount I added 2 1/2 cups of water.
Bring it to a good boil while stiring.
Turn the heat  down between Lo and Simmer.
Cover and let it cook for about 20 minutes undisturbed.
At this point check the rice. Stir it around. Taste to see if the rice is still a little hard or perfect.
If it's still hard, turn off the stove, and let it set for about another 10 minutes.

Wrap it in a tortillia with some veggie slices or shreds, Heat. Then and some avacado, hummus, and salsa.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Did you know about this? Gestation Crates

Those of you from OHIO, there's something about your state you should read a little further down the post.

Here are pictures of the 2 foot crates where these mothers spend THEIR WHOLE LIVES.  The other one is where she is taken only to nurse her babies. The babies are in a separate crate. The sow can't bond or even know how her piglets are doing.
 After about 2 to 3 weeks the babies are taken away and she is impregnated again to start the whole process over.  And all the while NEVER leaving her 2 ft. crate.  This is a life she will NEVER escape, no matter how long she calls out, with her cries and moans of desperation.
 After about 2-3 years, and her body is absolutely worn out, she goes to saughter.  Usually too exhausted to even walk to her death.

The sow pictured above, worn out after years of being confined in a 2-foot-wide metal crate, was unable to walk. She was left to suffer with no medical care, in the alleyway at a factory farm amid rows of gestation crates.
Walking into a gestation crate facility, one hears the roars and screams of hundreds of confined, frustrated sows and the clatter of hundreds of bodies banging against metal cage bars. Treated like piglet-making machines, gestating sows are lined up in row after row of metal crates inside huge, windowless warehouses.

You can read about the life of  pigs bread in factory farms.  The Agriculture Industry has led us to believe, all of our lives that animals roam free, grazing and playing until they're fat enough to go to slaughter.  Well here is a look into what it's really like.  This is the FACTORY FARMING INDUSTRY, not small family farms.

You can click the link below to the Farm Sanctuary website to read the whole story.  If anything, please e-sign the petition to stop the practice of torturing the "downed" pigs throughout our country that are too sick or crippled to walk to slaughter. (you can find the link to the petition down this post in blue writing 'Farm Sanctuary Website' Look in the side bar to the right with the picture of the pig.)  Industry animals don't fall under the Cruelty to Animals protection
laws. Yet pigs are very intelligent. Equal to a three year old, human child. They make friends for life. They protect thier young. They love to interact with humans.  Nobody will protect the welfare and humane treatment of these wonderful animals unless we act in some way or speak up.  After reading this article, you will be able to make informed decisions when it comes to elections in your state or area, and when purchasing your meat.
I think if young children knew, and were taught different from our generation, they would be the ones to make a difference for the furure of these amazing animals.

Farm Sanctuary animals live free and happy for the rest of their lives.

Farm Sanctuary rescues farm animals of all kinds. They have a slideshow of some of their rescued breeding sows seeing snow for the first time. They loved it so much they didn't want to come in until evening. They had never even been outside in the fresh air before.
 They were rescued from a flooded  Industry Factory Farm where the workers opened the pig gates and let them fend for themselves during the flood. Other animals weren't as lucky. They railed against their cages and stalls as the water rose over their heads. Their bodies were found later after the flood.
Click here to read this heartbreaking story. Farm Sanctuary Website

Those of you in Ohio, read HERE Scroll down to his 11/09 /09 about Issue 2 that will come up on the ballot again.  The people thought they were voting against cruelty to factory farmed animals, but because of the wording on the ballot, they unknowingly voted for the agriculture industry to keep it's same practices.  Another chance is coming. I'm not sure when, but watch out for it.

Thank you to all who took the time to look.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

I bet you didn't know about this...

Regardless of where they live, all dairy cows must give birth in order to begin producing milk. Today, dairy cows are forced to have a calf every year. Like human beings, cows have a nine-month gestation period, and so giving birth every twelve months is physically demanding. The cows are also artificially re-impregnated while they are still lactating from their previous birthing, so their bodies are still producing milk during seven months of their nine-month pregnancy. With genetic manipulation and intensive production technologies, it is common for modern dairy cows to produce 100 pounds of milk a day — ten times more than they would produce naturally. As a result, the cows' bodies are under constant stress, and they are at risk for numerous health problems.
Calves born to dairy cows are separated from their mothers immediately after birth. The half that are born female are raised to replace older dairy cows in the milking herd. The other half of the calves are male, and because they will never produce milk, they are raised and slaughtered for meat. Most are killed for beef, with close to one million being used for veal.

The veal industry was created as a by-product of the dairy industry to take advantage of an abundant supply of unwanted male calves. Veal calves commonly live for eighteen to twenty weeks in wooden crates that are so small that they cannot turn around, stretch their legs, or even lie down comfortably. The calves are fed a liquid milk substitute, deficient in iron and fiber, which is designed to make the animals anemic, resulting in the light-colored flesh that is prized as veal. In addition to this high-priced veal, some calves are killed at just a few days old to be sold as low-grade 'bob' veal for products like frozen TV dinners. 
You can read HERE about veal, and their dairy cow mothers.

If you'd like to look into the world of Factory Farmed animals, this is an easy way.  Farm Sanctuary brings this to you in small doses.  You can control the amount you want to see.  This is a great way to educate yourself about "The Way We Treat The Animals We Eat". 
Click HERE to the Farm Sanctuary" Virtual Experience"

I thank all of you who took the time to look.