National Farm Animals Awareness Week- Sept. 15-21

September 15 marks the beginning of National Farm Animals Awareness Week 2008. Sponsored by the Humane Society of the US, this week is meant to shed light on the plight of farm animals and encourage people to turn their attention towards these often overlooked creatures.

Taken from HSUS:

“Chickens, pigs, turkeys, cows, and other farm animals raised for meat, eggs, and milk make up more than 95% of the animals in the United States with whom humans interact. Yet how much do we really know about them?

Farm animals are sentient, complex, and unique. They are as capable of feeling pain and frustration, joy and excitement as those dogs and cats we welcome into our families, yet industrialized agriculture treats them merely as meat-, egg-, and milk-producing machines, instead of the living, sensitive beings they are.

Just like those animals we consider to be our companions or those in the wild, these animals deserve our respect and compassion.”

Go here for tons of info on factory farm animals, videos, campaigns about their plight, and ways to donate and help: http://www.hsus.org/farm/

Go here to visit the homepage of Farm Sanctuary where you can donate, take action, get veggie recipes, and more! http://www.farmsanctuary.org/

Because we’re well aware that not all farm animals live in factory farms or slaughterhouses, I want to highlight some farm animals currently living in shelters, rescues, & sanctuaries who are currently looking for a new, loving barnyard to call home.

Tumbler:

This brave 15 week old piglet jumped off a truck going to market to be fattened up to be eventually be slautered. Both his back legs, and hips were thought to be broken and he has road rash all over his body. Now, he is healthy and happy and looking for a forever loving home.

Tumbler is located at the Midwest Animal and Potbellied Pig Association & Rescue in Pardeeville, WI.

Go here to visit his petfinder page: http://www.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=11612118

Go here to visit the homepage for the rescue he’s at: http://www.mappar.org/

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