My name is Lynn and I am a vegan animal rights activist. My mission in life is to educate people about the animals our society refers to as ‘food’ animals. To achieve this, I am working to set up a vegan sanctuary in central Scotland: a safe haven for animals in need of shelter. While non-vegan sanctuaries do not believe in rescuing animals from slaughter, a vegan sanctuary will attempt to save all animals unconditionally.
Providing an opportunity for interaction with these ex-‘food’ animals is hugely important in enlightening public perspective. This platform will serve as a reminder of the creatures’ sentience and emotional capacity – a far cry from packaged supermarket products. Adults and children alike will be able to identify the same ability to give and receive love that they see in domestic pets.
My current goal focuses on the barbaric treatment of calves. Considered to be surplus to requirements in the dairy industry, males are either killed immediately after being taken from their mothers, or are slaughtered for veal at around 18-20 weeks old. Already this year, I managed to secure shelter for a beautiful baby boy who would otherwise have been destined for this fate. It is imperative we act now to provide the care these calves deserve.
This sanctuary will not solely serve to benefit animals. It will also include facilities offering holistic therapies, stress management, meditation and relaxation, with a view to providing yoga and counselling too. There will ideally be a vegan cafe, and a shop selling animal rights/vegan merchandise. Voluntary positions will be offered, links with the job centre forged, and placements secured for vulnerable people.
Ultimately, everything comes down to perception – and this sanctuary will exist to challenge and rebuild the way we’ve been conditioned to view animals, alongside providing cohesive and important information about animal rights, the huge impact animal agriculture has on our environment, and about leading a compassionate and cruelty-free lifestyle. The emphasis will be on highlighting the stark contrast between sanctuaries and abattoirs – this will be achieved through: livestreaming the animals’ activities’ screening vegan documentaries; inviting guests to give speeches; and using the iAnimal headset to give a glimpse into slaughterhouse workings.
All support is very much appreciated – please help us turn our vision into a reality!