Words like "dairy," "farm," and "pork" do not belong in our vocabulary. It's time we stop using all of the words that do a disservice to farmed animals. Whether you're vegan or simply a lover of all species, you can change the words you use to reflect your beliefs. It is the easiest form of activism. A word like "farmed" will likely spark a conversation and will hopefully enlighten those you speak with. Cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, goats, sheep; that is who they are.
Farmed animals are individuals, but very few of us ever get the opportunity to get to know them. Not knowing farmed animals makes it easy for us to write those animals off as an "other." At Catskill Animal Sanctuary, our 110-acre haven for farmed animals, we give tours from May through November, and every year thousands of people get the unique opportunity to meet these special animals in person. We invite you to come visit CAS for a tour, relax at The Homestead, our beautiful bed & breakfast (now open year round!), indulge yourself with a delicious vegan cooking class, or perhaps all three! If you live too far away, please check out our YouTube page and get to know some of our special beings. I am sure the non-human animals at CAS will bring a smile to your face and make you stop and think the next time you speak on their behalf.