Companion animals have been an important part of my life since I was a child, but it wasn’t until there was Boo that I made the connection between the cherished life at my side and the life denied on my dinner plate. Boo wasn’t a farm animal; rather, she was an eight year-old Westy who had been rescued and brought to our door by a compassionate veterinarian. But over the 1,642 joyous days that remained in her incredible life, Boo taught me through love the value of a life saved. I learned about rescues, and in the process, I learned about factory farms, transport trucks, and slaughterhouses. And before Boo passed, I promised her I would dedicate the rest of my life to ending the unconscionable suffering of similarly sentient beings. Compassion for Farm Animals is my promise to Boo.
Over 10 years ago, when I was a completely ignorant first time dog owner, my veterinarian told me to roll my puppy onto his back to assert my “dominance.” It never felt right, but I did it anyways, and his behavior problems only got worse. I started reading and learning more about how dogs actually learn, and as my knowledge grew, I turned towards force-free dog training and became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. Ernie, while still a spunky challenge that keeps me on my toes, has blossomed, and I love our force-free relationship. As I have embraced the benefits of living a force-free lifestyle with Ernie and his younger brother Binson, the artificial divide between companion animals and farm animals has become more apparent. I am eager to help Compassion for Farm Animals break down that artificial divide and pursue a force-free relationship with all living creatures.
I have always loved and held a great reverence for animals, so when our family moved to the country, I was excited to welcome “farm” animals into our family. We began with some chickens, guineas, and goats. Soon after, the alpacas arrived and we began our journey into animal agriculture. The animals have been my greatest teachers and the catalyst that sent me on a very deep journey into the truth of animal agriculture. What I found shattered my heart and caused us to change everything we were doing. I was finally able to make the connection between what was on my plate and what it means for the animals, the Earth, and our health (physical, emotional, and spiritual). We stopped what we were doing, went vegan overnight, and shifted our lives completely. We converted our small family farm to SoL Criations Farm Sanctuary where I now dedicate my life to rescuing and offering sanctuary to farmed animals and to sharing their message and inspiring others to lead a more kind and compassionate lifestyle. I am honored to work with Compassion for Farm Animals toward our shared mission.
I am a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a life-long animal lover. Eating meat and wearing leather or fur never felt right to me, but I did it because I thought it was easy. It wasn’t until my sister became vegan in high school that I realized that being vegan is the best way to live — for my mind and soul, as well as for the billions of mistreated animals on our planet. I have learned that life is not about doing the easy thing, but about doing the right thing. I am thankful that I found this lifestyle, and I look forward to promoting compassion as much as I can.
I’m a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and am now interning at the Farm Sanctuary in Acton, California. I’ve always been a avid animal lover, but it wasn’t until I was assigned a project on factory farming at age 14 that I made the connection between my beloved pets and home and the animals on my plate. This project ignited my transition towards veganism, a lifestyle which I proudly maintain today. I’m excited to be working with Compassion for Farm Animals, and am looking forward to the change that we can bring about together!
It is with overwhelming sadness that we learned of the passing of Lizzie Burlingame Sexton, our beloved board member, dear friend, and passionate voice for the voiceless. She was talented, committed, and an inspiration to us all. Lizzie had a heart of gold, and used her innate goodness to make this earth a better place for all the creatures who share it. Our hearts breaks for her husband, John, and for all those who knew and loved her. You will be missed, but never forgotten, kind soul.