In this new series, “Caregivers Corner,” I sit down with caregivers from different sanctuaries to talk about their work as caregivers. Joy Gomez is the farm manager and a caregiver at Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary in Poughquag, New York. Joy and I discuss their recent …
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Episode 22 – Jonathan Brant – Discussing the Surging Plant-based Market and Growing Competition with the Animal Agriculture Industry
Jonathan Brant is an animal rights activist, a writer, an artist, a musician and singer, a student at Eastern Michigan University, and author of
In this episode, Jonathan and I are back together again discussing important issues surrounding animal agriculture, the surge in plant based foods, and a recent article about a Nebraska senator wanting to change the way plant based food labels and speaks about the their products. “Senator slams ‘fake food fad,’ introduces bill to crack down on fake meat labeling” was an article on aol.com in December of 2019 about a senator who is also a cattle rancher who introduced a bill to change labeling on plant based products. Jonathan and I discuss and unpack the many things that are wrong with this and talk about the growing demand of plant based products and how this has the animal agriculture industry running scared.
We discuss this and much more in this episode.
Mike Barootijian is the owner and head chef of Party Animals Catering – A vegan catering service and meal plan service in the Hudson Valley in New York. It was a pleasure to sit down with Mike and discuss his work, his vegan story, and …
Sarah Beth is an animal rights activist and avid volunteer living in upstate New York. After learning about the many deaths of horses associated with horse racing, Sarah began protesting with Horseracing Wrongs, an organization founded by Patrick Battuello, that exposes the many wrongs in …
Cows Come Home Sanctuary located in Talbott, Tennessee is such a magical place filled with lots of love and a very inspiring story. Randie and I sit down on her front porch overlooking the cow pasture, and have a heartfelt conversation. She shares her story publicly for the first time, which is not only heart wrenching, but also profoundly connected to her incredible desire to end the multi-generational cattle ranch that her husband and father-n-law had been running for many years.
She explains why she just couldn’t not speak up and do something for the cows and babies that were being separated every time they were taken to auction. The look in their eyes reminded her of a time when she herself feared for her own life.
“As a survivor of long-term domestic violence, who am I to turn a blind eye to the fear, sorrow and hopelessness to other living beings?”
“Leaving an abusive relationship is one of the hardest things someone will ever do. In the end, I was able to do for them (my pig, Tusok and Scottie, Cubbie Roo) what I was not able to do for myself. I would never have wound up on a cattle farm if not for my second pig, Tobie. So, my first pig saved MY life. My second pig led me to the cows so I could save theirs.”
Randie shares how Cows Come Home came to be a sanctuary, and “The Mayor” who turned everything around by sharing a message with Rick Gentry. (The Mayor is a cow, by the way)
In addition she talks about the cold and rainy day that a sweet little calf named “Lou” was born, and how everyone thought he was dead until Rick Gentry saw him blink his eyes. The road to recovery for Lou was long and arduous, until a magical moment happened in Randie’s kitchen after many days and nights of touch and go for the calf, who was living inside Randie’s house. Lou’s love for Silk Soy Milk has become the talk of the town, and his sweet and kind demeanor makes him the perfect greeter for all who visit the sanctuary.
We discuss ways to support Cows Come Home and the work they are doing. The new barn needed for Lou, shelter for the cows in the pasture, and extra hay to make up for what was lost in the drought season.
Randie talks about opportunities to visit and tour the sanctuary, as well as unique volunteer needs. To learn more about this incredible sanctuary and the work they are doing, please visit the website and follow on social media.
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 …
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 the sanctuary, and they have volunteers who work with them and also have other jobs. It’s a labor of love for sure.
Jennie tells us about the first animal they rescued, a pig named Clarice who was an ex- FFA pig and talks about the detrimental effect that programs like FFA and 4-H have on children and their families. These programs are designed to teach children where their food comes from, (which is a good thing) and how to take care of animals, but the end result, after they have loved and cared for the animals is that they are slaughtered for food. This is particularly hard for the young children who have raised and become attached to these animals.
Jennie talks about their beloved Oliver, a sweet camel who the sanctuary is named after and the plight of camels and how they are exploited.
In this episode we discuss “compassion fatigue” and ways to stay healthy when you are rescuing and caring for animals full time.
We discuss different issues with animals in animal agriculture and some of the rescues they have from beef and dairy farmers, as well as the importance of communicating respectfully and professionally with farmers and ranchers. Jennie talks about the love the farmers have for the animals, even though for us it is hard to understand how they do what they do.
Jennie tells us how to volunteer, visit, and support the sanctuary. They have volunteer days and also private tours with hands on time with the animals to get up close and personal with them.
If you would like to learn more about this amazing sanctuary and support the work they are doing please visit their website, or better yet, go visit in person!!