My name is Lynn; I am vegan, a vegan advocate and animal rights activist.
I am part of a team of people who are trying to make the beautiful Lotus vision (see below) a reality. Our mission in life is to educate people about the animals our society refers to as ‘food’ animals. To achieve this, we are working to set up a vegan sanctuary in 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 sentience and emotional capacity of each and every animal – a far cry from the packaged & barcoded supermarket products they become.
Adults and children alike will be able to identify in these animals the same ability to give and receive love that they see in the companion animals many share their homes with.
The main focus for Lotus will be on cattle as no other sanctuary in Scotland currently homes them (other than highland cattle). We will of course always welcome all species, but through our work with other UK sanctuaries, we will aim to find forever homes at other sanctuaries for other species, that will allow Lotus to always have space and an open door for cattle in Scotland.
This sanctuary will not solely serve to benefit animals. It will also include facilities offering holistic therapies, reiki, stress management, meditation and relaxation, with a view to providing yoga and counselling too. There will eventually be a vegan cafe, and a shop selling all the products from the www.bohemianhippy.com website; a range of animal rights/vegan clothing & merchandise and other vegan related items for health & wellbeing. Bohemian Hippy is a not-for-profit and exists exclusively to raise awareness and money for animals and Lotus Sanctuary – 100% profits are donated to Lotus.
Voluntary positions will be offered at the sanctuary, links with the job centre forged, and placements secured for a variety of 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 world hunger, our environment, and how to successfully go 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’ via the worldwide web, screening vegan documentaries; holding workshops, inviting guests speakers to give talks & speeches; and using the iAnimal headsets to give a glimpse into slaughterhouse workings. The sanctuary will be a hub to educate and to advocate veganism.
All support is very much appreciated – please help us turn our vision into a reality!