What could be better than hanging out at a farm sanctuary with rescued animals? Not much! Situated in the hills of the Mid-Hudson Valley, Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary, founded by Dr. William (Bill) Crain, and Dr. Ellen Crain is home to over 100 rescued farm […]
Amy Burkman is a professional artist, activist, philanthropist, a cancer survivor, and advocates for animals and humans through her art. She does live painting for events and galas to support and raise money for different causes, charities, and non-profits. Amy has traveled around the world […]
In this episode, Brece Clark (The Humane Cowboy) and I have an authentic, raw conversation about his journey from horse trainer, bull rider, rodeo participant, to the “humane cowboy” who works full time at a farm sanctuary who rescues animals. Brece talks about growing up […]
In this episode Rachel McCrystal and I sit down in the grass pasture with the turkeys at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. Rachel introduces the beautiful turkeys and tells us that Beatrice is nine years old, which is very uncommon for turkeys to live this long. Beatrice is severely de-beaked and had to be fed by a syringe when she first came here. Rachel tells the story of how Beatrice came to the sanctuary. In addition to de-beaking, Rachel explains that turkeys are also de-toed which is done without anesthesia and is legal in the industry, as there are no guidelines and rules to protect birds (fowl). We discuss Loren and her issues with bumble foot, her beautiful wrapping (fancy shoes) done by caregiver, Brooke Burbee, and how they came up with a special plan just for her to address her foot issues. We discuss the care that is given to the turkeys due to all of the issues that come up from being born into and exploited in animal agriculture. They are units of production in the industry, and they endure so much cruelty and trauma as babies -all to be used as food for a quick meal. All of the turkeys at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary were meant to be used for food at Thanksgiving or another holiday.
Rachel talks about how turkeys love spending time with people and how their caruncles change colors depending on the mood that they are in. Turkeys are very territorial and have to be separated into the groups that DO get along! They have so many human like qualities. People that visit the sanctuary expect to connect more with a goat or a sheep or pig, but so often visitors connect most with the turkeys once they see how affectionate and loving they are.
We discuss the amount of turkeys killed all year (which is about 100 million turkeys) and how that number goes up during the holiday months to about 45 million JUST during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Turkeys killed for meat are just babies “poults” when they are killed.
One of the awesome and most anticipated events at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is ThanksLIVING!! This year it will be on November 9th. Rachel talks about this event and how to get tickets or to volunteer. Held on site at the sanctuary, this is a celebration of life and honoring of the turkeys at the sanctuary, and a way to pay honor and respect to those who are not yet, or will never be liberated. Beatrice is the covergirl for this event! The turkeys eat their pumpkin pie and treats before the humans are served! (I love this)… They will also recognize advocates and activists who are making a difference for the animals. This year’s honorees include musician-filmmaker Rob Zombie and actress Sheri Moon Zombie, – animal rights advocates and activists who use their careers as a platform, and Lauren Ornelas, the founder and executive director of the Food Empowerment Project.
This year, the food is being prepared by Lagusta Yearwood of Lagusta’s Commissary in New Paltz, New York and desserts are by Maresa Volante of Sweet Maresa’s. It’s going to be amazing! Tickets are going fast, so get your tickets soon! You don’t want to miss out on this exciting event! Lucky for us, Lagusta has just written a new cookbook SWEET + SALTY and it is fabulous! Lagusta’s cookbook has been featured in the holiday issue of Veg News magazine as one of their top picks for today’s latest and greatest cookbooks! How awesome is that??!
Rachel and I discussed different options and alternatives for thanksgiving dinner, ways to replace traditional dishes, and to create new traditions. Compassionate Cuisine, a cookbook written by the chefs and Kathy Stevens (founder) at Catskill Animal Sanctuary is a great cookbook with lots of good vegan recipes.
Rachel also mentions the New Leaf Vegan Mentor Program started by Catskill Animal Sanctuary. I am personally a vegan mentor with New Leaf Mentor Program, and would love to connect with anyone who has questions or needs support.
Rachel discusses the organization, Peace Advocacy Network, (PAN) which gives lots of resources and support for going vegan.
Volunteers are always needed on thanksgiving day. If you are near Woodstock Farm Sanctuary and would like to volunteer, please sign up!
Woodstock, along with Barn Sanctuary in Michigan recently rescued 98 chickens who are now called the “Hudson Valley Hundred” and have adopted out some of the chickens to other sanctuaries. We discuss the egg laying industry, and the meat chicken industry. Please visit the site for the new campaign “Consider the Egg” and learn more about the egg laying industry.
Woodstock Farm Sanctuary has openings for interns in all areas if you are interested in learning about working at a sanctuary. To find out more, visit their website.
Adit Ramano is the co-founder of Freedom Farm Sanctuary in Olesh, Israel. She and Ruth Levy Abramson, humane educator and translator for the farm sit down with me to discuss the work they are doing, the animals they have rescued, how the sanctuary was started, […]
Lauren tells the story of how HHHH Farm Rescue was started, and her first rescue, Celtic (a horse), and purchasing her own farm when she turned 25. She discusses her second rescue and the latest rescue (Beau) another horse. They recently rescued Veda (meaning life) […]
In this episode Todd Friedman tells the story of how Arthur’s Acres was started and talks about the animals he has rescued.
We discuss the dark side of animal agriculture, about different alternatives and options to meat products and the impact animal agriculture has on innocent animals.
Todd talks about his newest beloved resident, Max and his rescue story, as well as Karl, a 1000 pound pig who is a gentle and sweet being. He talks about the intelligence of pigs, the enrichment he does at Arthur’s Acres and the connections people make with the animals when they visit the sanctuary.
Todd talks about his one year anniversary coming up, ways to support the sanctuary, and the next step for the sanctuary.
He talks about the details for the fundraiser coming up at the Peekskill Brewery on November 2 @7PM. Info. For tickets are on Arthur’s Acres Website. There will be a silent auction, Vegan Buffet, screening of Wilbur’s adventures with a go-pro and more. They will unveil the plan for an aqua therapy healing center at the sanctuary, which will be open to all sanctuaries to use as an alternative- holistic therapy for pigs.
Jennie and Jason Hays, the founders of Oliver and Friends Farm Sanctuary, in Luther Oklahoma talk about the work they do and the animals they rescue. This animal sanctuary is run solely by volunteers. Jennie and Jason work at other jobs to support themselves and […]
Alyson Charles – Rock Star Shaman CALL TO ACTION special episode to support the Indigenous people in the Amazon Rainforest
Alyson Charles, also known as Rockstar Shaman talks about trusted ways we can directly support the Indigenous people of the Amazon Rainforest. She has worked and studied with Amazonian Master Shaman and Chief of the Ashaninka Tribe, Benki Piyako. He won U.N. award for his […]
For this episode I visit Oscar and Lynn, the founders of JP Farm Sanctuary, to talk with them, and Oscar’s sister Britt about life on the farm and the wonderful work they are doing. We are in the living room of the gorgeous house they designed and built in Litchfield, Connecticut overlooking the pasture where the cows graze. Just down the hill I can see the progress of the new barn being built for two new residents coming soon. The entire property is surrounded by tall trees and a bright blue sky.
Oscar begins by telling the story from the beginning of how the sanctuary got started and how it has progressed. Lynne and Britt talk about the amazing bond the cows have with Oscar, and his nickname “the cow whisperer.” They share the story of Tallulah and working with Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY to bring her here to their sanctuary.
Lynn talks about the new residents, two pigs “Beanie Tofu and Dolphin” also known as “the pink girls” coming to the sanctuary soon, and the story of how they were rescued from becoming meat.
Oscars sister Britt shares different ways to stay in touch with the sanctuary and the work they are doing, and talks about her work at the sanctuary after moving from the Netherlands back to the states to be with her family and living the dream~
They all talk about what a privilege it is and how centering it is to spend time with and connect with the animals.
Their first volunteer day was Sunday, August 18th and there will be more to come.
We discuss food, family, and fun and ways that anyone listening can support the beautiful work they are doing here at the sanctuary. They all love to cook and Britt took a plant based class and loves to convert recipes by using plant based substitutes and alternatives. Anyone listening can email her to inquire about recipes and plant based food, or follow her Instagram (britt_kitchenoflove) Britt Janssen Kitchen of Love .
Britt talks about pain management for a few of the cows who have hip dysplasia (a bilateral malformation of the hip joint, often associated with secondary osteoarthritis) and how cold laser and other modalities are helping them cope with the pain.
Oscar shares the rescue story of their dogs who were rescued from Little Pink Shelter in Westport, Arkansas and the process of rescuing animals from them. https://www.pinkshelter.com
Lynn talks about the way they start their day by talking to the animals and enjoying the stillness in the cow barn. Oscar says “it’s just such a privilege to be in the presence of these beautiful creatures.” Lynn hopes they can share the feeling with others so that they have the opportunity to look at the animals in the eye and see the joy. They have opportunities to volunteer and in the future may have tours for visitors to meet the animals and learn more about the work they are doing.
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