New trends in animal sanctuaries

Editor’s note: Our journalist Simon Delattre has reached out to New Brunswickers who have either done animal welfare work or have great passions for them. We will present its discoveries to you every Tuesday and Wednesday until the end of the month.

Rescuing farm animals to give them a decent life and protect them from all forms of exploitation is the mission that Tim and Jamie, new settlers in New Brunswick, have given themselves to. In their eyes, all animals enjoy the same compassion, regardless of their species.

Last summer, the couple left Ontario to buy back an old golf course at Cody’s, located between Moncton and Fredericton, and create Lily’s Place Animal Sanctuary, a farm like no other. It collects animals that have been abandoned, abused, or rescued from factory farms.

“It is a place where animals can live freely, safe from violence or exploitation,” says Tim. We have about 30 animals and we try to treat them the same way people treat their dogs.”

It was impossible for him and his companions to sell chicken eggs, sheep wool, goat milk. No problem eating their meat. They also refuse to fertilize, buy or sell their residents “so as not to contribute financially to a system that causes animal suffering”.

“What we do is counterculture. “We try to normalize the fact that there are animals on the farm that don’t breed,” says Jamie.

“Farmers see us as a threat to their livelihood, so the relationship is often not very friendly.”

On farms, crippled or injured animals are often euthanized. The owners of the reserve make sure that those who keep them will end their days naturally. No matter the price.

“In our view, there is no humane way to kill an animal that doesn’t want to die,” Tim argues.

The 30-year-old mare Tardy is undergoing several courses of treatment for ulcers and daily anti-inflammatory medication to treat arthritis problems. If a sheep gets sick, it will be given antibiotics and pain relievers. Half of the hens were given hormones to stop laying eggs and prolong their lifespan.

The couple, who earn income from their online business, spend a significant portion of their veterinary care and work on their farm almost four hours a day.

“People think we’re crazy to dedicate so much of our lives to these animals,” laughs Jamie. We have a very small donor base that allows us to pay for the cereal, but that only covers 15% of the cost. ”

The owners know each resident well, all with their own personalities and have developed a relationship of trust with them. Each animal has the right to post its profile on the sanctuary’s website, and sponsors are invited to sponsor them.

For example, we discover the story of Sid, a two-week-old lamb with a broken leg who was able to avoid the slaughterhouse after a farm worker found him a place in the sanctuary.

The hens, the result of a concentrated breeding, came to them in a state of sadness.

“They were put under light 24 hours a day, trapped in six or eight of them in small cages. They are missing a lot of hair and their legs are deformed because they stand on wire mesh. They cannot jump because they have never been able to move or stretch their wings. It took them two years to get back on their feet,” said Tim.

To him, all species enjoy equal care. He recalled that intelligence quotient tests of pigs demonstrated that their intelligence could be superior to that of dogs.

“And yet we mistreat them. Shall we never leave our dog in a small crate, covered with his own poop?
Two other vegan sanctuaries exist in the provinces. The owners of Lily’s Place hope that others will follow suit and that their beliefs about animal welfare will one day become mainstream.

“If animals were seen as emotional, fearless, not wanting to feel stressed, a lot of things would change.”

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