Upon arriving yesterday, we left the airport and immediately went to Hertz to pick up a car and drive to Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. It was a 2.5 hour drive to what I realized was stunning countryside in upstate New York. Rolling hills, wooded hillsides and clean looking streams and rivers until we arrived at the farm. We were in disbelief as we pulled in. It was the quintessential farm that we all picture in our minds when we things of farms (of course the reality for most animals is so different to this). There were red barns, trees all around and it was so very clean. The difference between this and all farms of course was the fact that these animals were never going to be killed and eaten. Indeed, this was a place where the animals interests are put to the forefront, they can dust bathe, wallow, come and get petted and are fed healthy delicious food,
Just before I had left Bangkok I was extremely sad. The latest Animals Australia undercover investigation had just been released on ABC's 7:30 report (thank you ABC for airing this). The footage involved animals being shipped to Vietnam and killed in the most horrific way possible. I felt desperately sad about this and for a little while I felt devoid of much hope. (luckily this is usually a temporary thing for me and I am pretty good at getting myself out of the hole of sadness)
Luckily, I did not need to wait long as we had this visit on the cards.
I recommend everyone visit these places. Vegans who need to find hope but also non vegans who want and need to make a connection with the animals that are on their plate. The 90 minute tour was fun and informative and of course the animals were so adorable. Here are some pictures...
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I had, what I call, my awakening thanks to Brighde Reed. I never felt good about eating meat, but I continued to do so because "it's part of the natural food chain", or "we need protein"... things so ingrained in many of our heads since childhood. A few inquisitive questions to Brighde, quite simply, changed everything. She helped me see that we humans can actually live a healthier life on a plant based diet. I had no more excuses. What made changing my ways so easy, though, was how Brighde opened my eyes to the fact that a Vegan diet isn't so much about the things you can't eat, but more about the things you can! I've never had so much fun in the kitchen, making and creating things I thought I'd have to give up, impressing people with delicious food that's, *gasp*... vegan!