A Voice for the Voiceless

Georgia

 

Animals suffer all over the world for a multi­tude of reasons.  In the wild, animals are being driven from their homes.  They are poisoned, poached, hunted, and trapped.  In zoos and circuses animals that should be free, live in cages and are forced to preform.  In schools and labora­to­ries animals are tortured and tested on.  In our homes we take in animals as part of the family, but these animals still are neglected and abused.  Luckily there are compas­sion­ate people through­out the world who are forming organi­za­tions and are working to help and protect these power­less beings.

But if we were to combine all of these animals the total would not even come close to the number of animals that are being raised for food products.

The number of farm animals that are exploited, and enslaved for human consump­tion is hard to fathom.  It has been stated that in the United Sates 10 BILLION animals are killed for food for humans every year.  This number is astro­nom­i­cal, and is in the United States alone!  World wide the number of farm animals is impos­si­ble to calcu­late nor compre­hend.  For these animals, help and support is hard to find.  Although cows, sheep, chick­ens, pigs and goats have just as much ability to suffer as any animal in the wild or in our home they almost always get over looked.

 

There is one extra­or­di­nary organi­za­tion in the United States that is working tirelessly to rescue, protect, and fight for these voice­less animals.  Farm Sanctu­ary is doing more to help farm animals than anyone else in the world.  For the past 25 years Farm Sanctu­ary has been provid­ing shelter for animals suffer­ing at factory farms, stock­yards and slaugh­ter­houses.  Their exten­sive educa­tion programs raise aware­ness on the plight of farm animals.  All this as they campaign relent­lessly to encour­age legal and polit­i­cal reforms that promote respect and compas­sion for farm animals.

 

I have so much admira­tion for the people that are devot­ing their lives to speak­ing up for animals.  The more that I acquaint myself with organi­za­tions that work for a better world for animals the more incred­i­ble and inspi­ra­tional people that I meet.  At Farm Sanctu­ary I was blown away with the compas­sion that I witnessed.

I consider the people at Farm Sanctu­ary genuine heroes.  When I was given the oppor­tu­nity to intern there I was thrilled.  At the time I couldn’t believe that they had chosen me and now it’s still a little surreal. I always feel that I am bragging and have trouble keeping a straight face when I say , “ya I interned at The Farm”.

Now almost 2 years later I am honored once again to be a part of this incred­i­ble organi­za­tion.  Recently I was contacted by Farm Sanctu­ary inquir­ing if I would donate a piece of my photog­ra­phy for their upcom­ing auction.

This year Farm Sanctu­ary is having their 25th anniver­sary.  Since the humble begin­nings of selling veggie dogs at Grate­ful Dead concerts 25 years ago, Farm Sanctu­ary have grown into a nation wide organi­za­tion speak­ing out and stand­ing up for the most power­less and exploited of all animals.  They are holding a 25th anniver­sary Gala Dinner in New York on May 14th.

http://www.farmsanctuary.org/galas/nyc.html

As part of the event they are holding a silent auction of art work.  I am  delighted, excited, thrilled and honored to be included in this huge event, and so happy to have the oppor­tu­nity to raise money for these beauti­ful animals.

 

Gerry Lee

 

Heather

 

Nicky

 

Helen

 

Chrissy

 

Wendy

 

Snowberry

 

Chuck

 

 

If you are not famil­iar with the work of Farm Sanctu­ary please take a look at their website.   www.farmsanctuary.org

If you are already a fan of Farm Sanctu­ary and are attend­ing New York City 25th Anniver­sary Gala for Farm Animals celebra­tion on May 14th please support them by making a bid on an item at the silent auction!

 

 

 

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3 Responses to A Voice for the Voiceless

  1. KAREN L MATHISEN says:

    I FIRST HEARD ABOUT THE FARM IN A BOOK I READ JUST A MONTH AGOEATING ANIMALSSINCE THEN I HAVE BECOME A VEGETARIEN. i WAS SO OUT RAGED WITH WHAT I READ. i GUESS I KNEW BUT BLOCKED IT FROM MY MIND.

  2. Jessica Schnipke-Hurt says:

    Oh such stunning photog­ra­phy!! NICKY PIG! I miss her!!

  3. Bren McClain says:

    Julie, the picture of the sheep at the top stirs — talk about captur­ing “Voice of the Voice­less.” Thank you for all the work you are doing on behalf of the babies. And, mercy, the work of Farm Sanctuary.…..those amazing folks!

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