WHY THEY’RE CRUCIAL: It’s an unfortunate reality that’s hard to face: Today’s factory farms engage in the abuse of thousands of animals every day. If we hope to improve the healthfulness of our own food, we must also work to change the industrialization of farm life. Farm Sanctuary does just that: Brings awareness to the abuses suffered by cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys and sheep in industrialized farms, and works to bring about systemic change to this unhealthy, inhumane system. They also rescue farm animals, such as when they took in 60 broiler chickens that were abandoned on the side of a highway on their way to a Brooklyn live market. Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to protect farm animals by encouraging a new awareness and understanding about farm animals.
WHAT THEY DO:
• Bring social awareness to the abuses industrial farm animals suffer
• Advocate for laws and policies to prevent animal suffering
• Educate millions about the effects of factory farming on our health and environment
• Reach out to legislators and businesses to bring about institutional reforms
• Rescue thousands of animals, placing them in sanctuaries or permanent adoptive homes
HOW WE CAN HELP: Throughout the duration of this issue, we’re collecting donations for this important charity to help protect farm animals from cruelty. To join our efforts, visit Farm Sanctuary, or mail donations to P.O. Box 150, Watkins Glen, New York, 14891. Include the fundraiser name, Mother Earth Living Gives Back, on the envelope or check, if you wish. It’s our goal to collect $2,500 for Farm Sanctuary.
DID YOU KNOW
• Large manure pits on factory farms are known to release air pollutants such as methane, a major greenhouse gas, and hydrogen sulfide, which is highly flammable and can cause sudden unconsciousness or (in very high concentrations) even death.
• The six growth hormones commonly used by the U.S. dairy industry have been assessed as a potential risk to human health by the European Union’s Scientific Committee on Veterinary Measures Relating to Public Health.
• Today, an estimated 70 percent of the antibiotics used in the U.S. are given to farm animals, which can lead to drug-resistant bacteria.
• Poor sanitation and waste management on factory farms can allow E. coli and Salmonella to contaminate the food supply: Each year, 76 million Americans become ill from food-borne illness, and thousands die.
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