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Gracie can walk again with the help of her wheelchair because of YOU!

THE FACTS: Around 46 million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving and over 300 million are killed over the holiday season. Sadly, many of the turkeys bought and used for food by consumers suffer in factory farms before their lives are taken at the young age of 5 to 6 months. In the wild, turkeys can live to be over 10 years old.

This is why we celebrate ThanksLiving, where we honor them as the sentient beings they are. It is our hope that one day, Thanksgiving won’t be celebrated with the killing of millions of our feathered friends. Until that day, we will continue to advocate for their precious lives.

Through noon on November 25, we will be offering a special sponsorship level for the SASHA turkeys. For $25 (about the cost of a turkey in the grocery store) you will receive an emailed photo and the story of your turkey’s rescue and life at SASHA, along with a chance to win an awesome SASHA Farm logo tee. By sponsoring a turkey, you help SASHA Farm provide necessary shelter and care to rescued turkeys and spread awareness of the 46 million turkeys who will not be so lucky this Thanksgiving.

Click HERE to sponsor a turkey and celebrate a compassionate Thanksgiving

(Select 2019 Turkey Sponsorship Special under Sponsorship Level, and Thanksgiving 2019 Turkey Sponsorship under Animal to Sponsor.)

Questions? Email sponsorships@sashafarm.org.

 

WORLD VEGAN DAY: For the Animals

Did you know that we celebrate World Vegan Day every year on November 1st?  Buford, the beautiful Holstein looking at the camera, loves to celebrate the day! He and his pals were among 8 survivors (out of 70+ animals) rescued from a  cruelty and neglect case at a small dairy farm in Michigan, and now they are all living the good life at SASHA Farm.

CNN reported, “Friday, November 1 (2019) marks 75 years since the founding of The Vegan Society by English animal rights advocate Donald Watson and his associates, who defined and popularized modern veganism.”

Many of you reading this blog are already vegans, although some of you may be “emerging vegans”, or  just curious about the plant-based diet that seems to be drawing lots of attention these days.

There are several great reasons to go vegan:

  • It’s good for the planet -To make headway at stopping the climate crisis, we need to stop eating meat and change the way we mange land.
  • It’s good for your health – For example, studies show that you’ll most likely live longer, and it significantly lowers your risk of type 2 diabetes, as well as cardiovascular disease.
  • It will stop animal cruelty.

We at SASHA Farm have almost 300 animal residents who would love to tell you what they think about veganism. So we chose just two from the “SASHA Family” who wanted to show you how good life can be now that they are safe and loved forever,  no longer subjected to neglect,  cruelty and ultimate slaughter.

Life at SASHA Farm means pastures to run in with others of their own species, plenty of food, a safe and warm place to sleep at night, medical care, and living at a sanctuary where they are individuals whose lives MATTER.

So, look closely at Buford and friends above, and at Moo below. Then, if you are not vegan, ask yourself “WHY NOT??” If you are, let the world know why you have chosen to be a vegan. These animals will thank you forever.

Moo, a beautiful polled Hereford, was born on Long Island in 2006. He was destined for slaughter until he broke away from a transport truck, and ran free for a few days, stopping traffic and creating quite a scene.  He was finally captured on a busy beach, and his release was negotiated by a local citizen. With the help of Farm Sanctuary, Moo came to SASHA Farm to live out his life forever safe from harm.

WOULD HAVE BEEN BACON

Where would they be now had they not found a lifetime home at SASHA Farm?

Now, the pigs above are happy and safe at SASHA Farm.  From left to right, meet Karuna (whose name means “compassion” in Sanskrit), Humphrey, Ronnie, Gerdie (her name means “protected”), and Meadow. Humphrey  came to SASHA Farm with 2 other pigs and 5 cows, the only survivors of a cruelty and neglect case at a dairy farm in Livingston County, Michigan where 70 other animals died of starvation.

Karuna, Ronnie, Gerdie and Meadow were surrendered by a farmer in North Carolina. They were being raised for meat and somehow survived Hurricane Florence as piglets,  but were small and sickly, so of no value to the farmer.  He was going to have them gassed, but a compassionate person stepped in and got them to safety and back to good health. Once recovered, they traveled to Michigan and joined the SASHA Family. Now they love every minute of their lives with the other SASHA pigs and the incredibly loving staff and volunteers who know them all by name.

Everyone knows and loves Bhima, a Gyr Ox whose name means “tremendous”.  The breed is originally from India and known for its distinctive hump.  But unlike a camel’s hump, the Gyr Ox hump is tissue/fat, and could be used as nourishment if food was scarce.

Bhima was born in November of 2010, and he and his brother, Dharma, were being raised on a Michigan farm to pull a plow.  But, the owner of the farm sold the property to a man who did not want cows.  Unable to find another farm to place Bhima and Dharma, the owner agreed to surrender them to SASHA Farm in August 2013.

Sadly, Dharma suffered from chronic pneumonia and passed away a few months after arriving. But Bhima continues to thrive at SASHA Farm, now weighs about 2000 pounds, and is now known all over the world.  Due to an infection, Bhima’s horns had to be removed in 2017 in a difficult and rare operation by the Michigan State University Veterinary Hospital, but his now floppy ears add to his “huge puppy” persona. He is the beloved SASHA Farm “mascot”, a gentle loving giant, with a face and “voice” which speaks for farmed animals everywhere.

We love you Bhima!

Meet Axl, a “fighting” rooster. He was part of a cock fighting ring in Ohio which was broken up by law enforcement, and SASHA Farm was contacted to take the roosters. Axl can be feisty, so he has his own roomy quarters and he has learned to walk on a leash. He gets plenty of leash time walking in the pasture with his favorite volunteer, Katie.

Thank you to the SASHA staff and volunteers who give every individual the respect, space, and loving care that they need to be themselves and live as they deserve to live.

A Jacob ram, Dave Ramsey was retired from a petting zoo after the other rams began bullying him, and there was talk of euthanisia since he was no longer of use to them. SASHA was told about him by a former volunteer, and she helped to bring him to SASHA Farm. He has a distinctive bleat and a sweet and loving personality. This senior ram is beloved by volunteers, staff, and supporters everywhere. Now he even has his own t-shirt to honor him!

Gracie was acquired by a SASHA volunteer who wanted to rescue a turkey for his home. He found a farmer breeding turkeys for Thanksgiving who was in over his head with the number of birds. in time, this volunteer felt Gracie would be better off in the flock at SASHA Farm, so Gracie joined the SASHA Family a couple of years ago. She was bred to gain weight quickly, so her frame has become too much for her feet and legs. With the help of our compassionate supporters, she now has a specially made wheelchair so she can remain mobile. Thank you to all who have donated for Gracie’s wheelchair!

Faye was a factory farm hen who escaped her fate by coming to SASHA Farm. Now she is an individual with a name, much loved, and known by all her fans as the “chuckling” chicken. She is so happy to be alive and free at last.

These three handsome roosters are (left to right) Kevin, Nick and Joe. They were part of a 2018 rescue,  and now every day at SASHA Farm is a good day for them. There is nothing more peaceful than being around these loving and curious beings.

Daisy Belle is a female Holstein, a twin born on a dairy farm. Her male twin was removed by the farmer to be raised and sold for meat, but Daisy Belle was assumed to be sterile (as are most female Holstein twins), and she also had congenital cataracts.

If she had been healthy, her fate would have been as a milk cow, artificially inseminated over and over, with her babies taken from her every time,  until she was spent and taken to slaughter.

But, Daisy’s fate as a female who could not reproduce was also dire:  she was put in a pen, not fed, and left to die.  A kindly neighbor convinced the farmer to let her take the calf. Daisy Belle arrived at SASHA at the age of only three weeks, and was bottle fed for many months.  She had many health issues, including pneumonia.  Although she will always be small, she is now healthy, and very playful and curious about everything around her.  She often hangs out with her good pals Bhima and the Jersey Boys.

The world would be a darker place without this very special someone.

Please consider donating to the SASHA Farm animal residents. Use the yellow Donate button on this page to donate via PayPal or send a check to SASHA Farm at P.O. Box 222, Manchester MI 48158.

THE ANIMALS YOU HELP TO SAVE WILL BE FOREVER GRATEFUL!