True Love and New Friends

Love, passion, a kiss in the rain...green grasswas it all a dream?

We visited Rooterville Farm Animal Sanctuary and let me just say, it was completely MOOving and sincerely a heartwarming day.

This was my first time visiting a farm animal sanctuary and I have never gotten to see or be around "farm" animals like this before. You can check out this video of our day at Rooterville or read on! Stepping out of the car, the very first animal I met was a pig. I knelt down and put my hand out as he came right up to me. His nose moved around my hand, sniffing and trying to figure me out. I reached out to gently pet him and was surprised to find his hair was very thick and tough, not what I had imagined from seeing movies or pictures in books. From that point on, the whole day was magical ^-^

It's always wonderful to be around like-minded people. Elaine and Dale West, vegans and the founders of Rooterville, A Sanctuary Inc. & Life Reclaimed Ministries, are so kind and genuine. Dale was our tour guide and he is not just an encyclopedia, but a whole library of information and resources. I learned a tremendous amount from him in just a short while.
If it walks, hops, swims, crawls, slithers, has eyes, a mom and a dad—don't eat it.                         -Terry Mason, urologist and Commissioner of Health for the city of Chicago


When the gate opened and we were surrounded by pigs...man oh man. I never knew pigs could be so big and even the ones that I thought were large weren't even fully grown yet.

Later on, I got to spend some time with three pigs in particular, William (named after William Wilberforce), Matthew (after Matthew Scully), and Charlotte. (click here for a silly picture of William and Matthew
Each and every one of the animals are such beautiful, gentle, loving creatures with unique personalities. I could see that some animals were more trusting than others. For instance, Starblaze (if I remember his name correctly) was quite apprehensive and would let you know how he felt with loud squeals. The turkeys were adorable, but were scared and you could hear them breathing heavily. I was sad to learn that the turkeys had developed health problems from being made fully grown in just 6 months due to growth promoting antibiotics. The turkeys were so soft, but very frightened to be touched or even approached as if to say "please, don't hurt me."

There was a cow named Tinsel who was a very outspoken girl, especially when it came to a delicious peanut hay delivery. Tinsel and another cow, named Holly, ran like the wind, excited to get some hay. They were like giant teddy bears ^-^


A little bit about milk and my beef with beef...

  • In the American diet, the number one source of artery-clogging saturated fat is dairy products.
  • One of the top allergens in the U.S food supply is dairy products.
  • Clinical research shows that dairy products have little or no benefit for bones.
  • Dairy products—including cheese, ice cream, milk, butter, and yogurt—contribute significant amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat to the diet. Diets high in fat and especially in saturated fat can increase the risk of heart disease and can cause other serious health problems.
  • Consumption of dairy products has also been linked to higher risk for various cancers, especially to cancers of the reproductive system. Most significantly, dairy product consumption has been linked to increased risk for prostate and breast cancers.
  • Along with the calcium in milk, you will find: saturated butterfat, cholesterol, lactose, hormones, growth factors, antibiotics, pesticides, pus, manure...
  • Cow's milk really is the perfect food...for baby calves.

Like all mammals, cows must be impregnated to produce milk. In the dairy industry or on dairy farms, cows are forcibly impregnated to continuing producing milk. The new Summary definition of Rape provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI):
Rape: Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.
The term victim is not defined as human exclusive. When a cow has her baby, the mother and baby are separated so that the mother can be hooked up to milking machines. Dairy cows may spend their whole lives repeating this painful cycle until they become "useless" and are slaughtered for meat. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
The leading reasons cows leave the dairy herd are low production, infertility, mastitis (inflammation of the udder), and lameness.
When you are having milk, it is because someone else isn't...
Every time you drink a glass of milk or eat a piece of cheese, you harm a mother. Please go vegan. - Gary L. Francione

Back to my magical day...
I could also clearly see the animals communicating with each other.
"Animals can communicate quite well. And they do. And generally speaking, they are ignored." - Alice Walker
Goats would be helping each other get a good scratch. Pigs would be chatting with each other looking for extra food. The phrases "you eat like a pig" or "pig out" are misleading. The pigs would politely sip water and calmly eat.

A little bit about eggs...


Unlike what I see with humans, there was no malice between these non-human animals. There were carnivorous cats peacefully hanging out with roosters and pigs. There were omnivorous dogs relaxing with pigs. There were goats and mini ponies huddling and playing together. There was just love.

It is unfathomable how anyone could hurt these absolutely innocent, sentient beings. It is evident that animals just want to live and enjoy their lives, which they have every right to do. They have personalities, friends, thoughts, feelings, dreams...

If you have never visited a Farm Animal Sanctuary before, I highly recommend doing so. I had such a motivating and inspiring time that I will never forget. Being right there with the animals right in front of you is unlike any picture or video. Being able to look into their eyes, listen to them, touch themyou are able to connect with them and remember a part of yourself that you may have forgotten. The animals gave me hope.





For More Information, Check Out:




Forks Over Knives (documentary available on Netflix)


2 comments:

  1. That was SO beautiful and educational! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for your compassion and everything you do :)

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