Tracey Shepherd Davis is a leading animal rights advocate with a 100 videos on her YouTube Channel… she wants to educate people about the rich emotional lives and intelligence of pigs. Tracey used to be a slaughterhouse worker at Maple Leaf in Burlington; she is now an animal rescuer. She and her rescued pigs – Cleo and Cookie – transform and enrich each others’ lives and ours each day. Thanks Tracey, Cleo, Cookie, and all your other companion animals:)
Susan Morris, founder of Snooter’s Farm Animal Sanctuary, located in Uxbridge Ontario, recounts the stories of the pigs who have entered their nurturing sanctuary, where pigs are allowed to be wonderful pigs and to live their full lives in a natural setting.
“Forrest & Earl are brothers and came from a backyard breeder who breeds for personal BBQ’s. We ‘bought’ them at about 12 weeks old. They are now about 800 pounds and very handsome. Earl is the more dominant personality were Forrest is the kinder, gentler fella. They are now seven years old.
Flossy came from a factory farm. A university was doing research on behaviour of pigs and one of the students saw Flossy with her big ears, one blue eye, one brown and fell in love with her. She was purchased and brought here days before she would have been shipped to slaughter.
Gracie came as a piglet. She was in a factory farm and sustained a leg injury. In factory farms the bottom line is money and care of a piglet is not worth it so she was to be killed (PAC/pounded against concrete). Her rescuer ‘liberated’ her & she came her.
Trixie was born in a factory farm . She was born missing her front left leg. She was to be sold as a ‘second’ for backyard BBQ’s. We brought her here at 3 weeks old. Sadly as she grew she was unable to get up and at age 3 we had to euthanize her as her quality of life was suffering.
We loved her dearly.”
More in depth stories are on Susan’s blog (go to the beginning of the blog to read about Forrest and Earl’s stories of coming to the sanctuary)
Photos by Susan Morris, Snooters Farm Animal Sanctuary
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Factory Farms produce many birth defects. Many piglets are born without an anus, some missing limbs & I have even heard of one being born with one head & two bodies.
This is our little Trixie who was born in such a place . She is missing her front right leg. Trixie’s fate would have been either PAC (pounded against cement) or to be sold as a “second” for backyard BBQs.
Trixie was rescued & brought to us at Snooters. She lived a loving life until at the age of 3 her weight made it impossible for her to get up. Trixie is buried in our memorial garden. We miss her terribly.
Gracie is a typical “pork” pig ….a Yorkshire pig. Gracie, however, is far from “typical” ! She was rescued from a factory farm just prior to her death sentence by PAC (pounded against cement) a form of euthanasia in the factory farm environment. Gracie now lives a comfortable, happy life at Snooters.
Potbellied pigs….promised by breeders to grow to “only 50 lbs”. This has produced so many unwanted pets that sanctuaries cannot keep up with placing them. Potbellied pigs WILL grow to a healthy, normal 150 pound plus size. These once “beloved” pets are discarded like yesterdays garbage. Many ending up in slaughter auctions & selling for a toonie.
We have 8 potbellied pigs at Snooters who all live happily in a loving environment. Belle & Easter are in the pictures here.
Norman & Ashli are products of the dairy industry. Male calves born to enslaved mothers. They are taken away immediately after birth. These babies call out for their Mothers but are dragged away without being able to suckle for even a moment. The males are then either sold for veal or calves leather. At auctions these beautiful animals sell for mere dollars. Ashli & Normal are the dearest souls & will live out their lives happily here at the sanctuary.
Snooters Farm Animal Sanctuary is home to approximately 27 animals . We strive to give these animals the best lives possible. We are a non profit (although not registered) charity northeast of Toronto. Our animals happiness will always come first!
Harley our 25 year old Quarter Horse enjoying some sun kissed hay!
This picture is of one of our “Mother” peahens & her baby named “Snowball” We have 18 peafowl who live free on our property. They escaped from a farm close by & now live free here. “Snowball” is quite unusual as he is all white….how wonderful he will look as an adult ! We do not promote breeding & have been feeding (regulated) birth control to the peafowl for 3 years now. Apparently “Mother” peahen did not eat the required amount last year !!
Please consider donating to Toronto Vegetarian Association’s Support Local Farm Sanctuaries campaign.
See rabbletv’s video of their fund-raiser in the summer of 2010. Holly Larson, a member of the organizing committee, says: “In order to support the great work being done by farmed-animal sanctuaries in Ontario, TVA has joined forces with Animal Outreach http://www.animaloutreach.ca — a London, Ontario nonprofit group whose mission is to provide shelter and care for abandoned, neglected, unwanted, injured and abused domesticated animals, including farm animals… Together with TVA’s work in advocacy of a plant-based diet, and the local farm sanctuaries’ work saving farm animals, we can educate the public about the plight of farm animals and how choosing a cruelty-free diet is the most compassionate choice.”