Episode 9 FREEDOM FARM SANCTUARY in Olesh, Israel with Adit Romano and Ruth Levy-Abramson
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, and more.
Adit shares the moment she went from being a vegetarian for 17 years, to a vegan, after learning about the dairy industry from a video lecture she watched, and how she knew she wanted to do more. Adit was an entrepreneur, a business professional and has now dedicated her life to rescuing and caring for animals at her sanctuary. Starting the sanctuary in Israel was a challenge and after 2 years, the sanctuary was up and running. She and Meital Ben-Ari founded the sanctuary together.
One of the first rescues at the sanctuary is a cow named Maayan. She was a tiny baby when she was found and it is assumed that she had been birthed on a transport truck heading to slaughter, and she fell off the truck. You can visit the website to read her story!
Ruth also talks about Baruch, the sheep, his transformation since coming to the sanctuary, and how he supports newcomers to the sanctuary.
Adit speaks of the mama sheep (Mazal) who was reunited with her babies and the time it took for her to know she (and her babies) were safe at the sanctuary.
Ruth talks about the educational work they do at the sanctuary, touching on the five senses to interact with and teach visitors about the animal agriculture industry, and the farm sanctuary world where animals are safe and living a life without fear. She walks us through what a tour feels like at the sanctuary and how people who experience meeting the animals and making the connections are profoundly moved.
Adit discusses what she believes is the root of violence – habits with our fork and knife. She discusses the importance of visitors to the sanctuary, and their connections with the animals at the sanctuary. The opening of minds and hearts starts the change. Ruth talks about the tours and how it turns out that the animals at the sanctuary are not much different than our dogs and cats at home. I reference the book “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows” written by Dr. Melanie Joy, PhD.
In addition to what we discussed on the podcast, Ruth also adds, “Many of the rescued animals were saved due to their physical disabilities-the industry has no use for them. At the farm, we go to great lengths to rehabilitate them and give them all the love in the world.”
Adit speaks about ways to help the sanctuary and how every little bit helps. Follow on all social media to stay in touch with the work they are doing and the rescue stories. (link below for website)