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Animals are individuals, not commodities. While this may seem obvious to you, it’s not the reality for over 60 billion land animals living today. Over thousands of years animal agriculture has commodified the livelihoods of dozens of species such as cows, chickens, pigs, goats, turkeys, rabbits, ducks, sheep and many more. These practices have culturally normalized the enslavement, abuse, and of course ultimate murder of these non-human animals.
Farm Sanctuary is a non-profit organization created by Gene Baur (PP Episode #5) which serves as a safe haven for the few lucky animals that are rescued from this torturous industry. Currently operating in three locations around the US, Farm Sanctuary takes in abused livestock animals and gives them a safe and comfortable place to live out the rest of their lives in peace. I had the privilege of visiting their Acton CA location, just 45 minutes outside of Los Angeles where I was able to record this podcast with Farm Sanctuary’s National Animal Placement Coordinator Alicia Pell, and also cuddle and play with some amazing animals.
Alicia left a job in corporate law to pursue her passion and purpose in life which is to help animal in need. She is responsible for fielding over 100 calls a months of people reporting animals in need of rescue. Alicia finds a safe sanctuary or home for these reported animals to go, quite literally saving their life.
In this conversation Alicia and I discuss the reason why animals deserve to be protected by law, if their is really an ethical difference between small scale animal agriculture and factory farming, her vegan journey, the future of animal welfare and much more.
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