BRITAIN’S FIRST FARM ANIMAL SANCTUARY - Compassionate Caring for 25 years
The last secure place for over 530 animals and birds rescued from abuse, neglect, slaughter and abandonment. Please donate or adopt to keep them safe. Please don’t forget that if you shop online through Give As You Live that helps our funding too!
At the Sanctuary Farm Animals Are for Life And Not For Slaughter
Our new phone number is 01386 834500, and our email address is now firstname.lastname@example.org
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This has been a long, wet, cold and miserable winter. Consumers demand Spring lamb, farmers arrange for their ewes to produce their young during the harshest months of the year. There is no grass, which is essential for the ewe to be able to produce milk to keep her lambs alive. She has to contend with snow, weeks of freezing rain, floods, everything that nature can throw at her at her most vulnerable time.
There are no accurate figures kept for the number of newborn lambs who die at this time from starvation, hypothermia and predators. Lambs who die on the farm are collected in large bags to go for incineration. Lambs born on the hills and moorland won't be seen or counted. Numbers of such deaths could run into thousands. Small lives, small loss.
Are the survivors the lucky ones? Some breeds are ready to go for slaughter in as little as 20 weeks, one day grazing alongside their mother, the next day loaded onto a lorry for the first and last journey of their lives. Consumer demand, unseen suffering. You can read more about lambing here.
In contrast Carol, one of our rescued ewes lambed a few days ago. It wasn't planned, at least not by us. A bit of ancient fencing, a very determined, sneaky ancient ram, all of us looking the other way for a few minutes and the deed was done.Carol lambed in the shelter of the barn. She produced three small, black lambs as we watched over her. The weather had turned bitter so we put up a heat lamp for the lambs, they could go out to Mum for a drink and then return to the glow and the warmth of the lamp. She is a wonderful mother, as nearly all ewes are. She fusses over them, watches them play and looks so contented when they are brought back into the safety of the barn at teatime. They are safe, they are warm, they are fed. They will stay with her for the rest of her life. Very lucky sheep.
Farm animals are the only animals in the world whose young are routinely taken away from them to be eaten for pleasure by another species. We're doing what we can to gain more support for them, to educate people to the facts. Please help us to do this by giving all your support to help us continue to fundraise for these forgotten animals.
We are very excited to now be able to accept payments and donations via PayPal. Just click on the Paypal button to donate now, or where ever you see it on our website.
Like every other Charity fundraising is one of the biggest issues and challenges facing everyone. We don't produce anything apart from fleeces once a year. Were it not for neighbour Liz, who sorts our fleeces, sells them online and at a Fibre Festival which takes place once a year, the cost of shearing would outweigh the money we receive from the Wool Marketing Board. We rely totally on donations and legacies, but as I've said so many times farm animals are right at the bottom of the pile when it comes to gaining empathy and support.
We're here not just to give the lucky ones the chance of a life of care and respect but also to support campaigns to greatly improve and implement welfare standards.
We will always be looking for people who will help us in any way to raise much needed funds. Ours have been sorely depleted paying the legal fees during this whole sad, sorry and totally unnecessary debacle, so please, please stay with us.
If you would like to remember a much loved one please send a Jpeg image with a short dedication to email@example.com.
For a donation of £5 we will be pleased to add your dedication to this page. Please send your donation either via the Every click facility on our website stating in the box what your donation is for, or by cheque made payable to The Farm Animal Sanctuary and sent to Manor Orchard Farm, School Lane, Middle Littleton, Evesham, Worcestershire. WR11 8LN. Thank you.
We need to raise at least £2,500 each week, new supporters to help us do this are always very welcome. If you live locally could you do a Car Boot sale for us, we have many saleable items here but not the time. Can you ask friends, family, colleagues etc. if they have any unwanted or broken gold or silver jewellery they could donate? If you have any other ideas please let us know. Is there a local handyman/woman who has a few hours to spare to help with small repairs to field shelters, aviaries etc? All suggestions welcome.
Please get in touch with Janet on 01386 832640 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit our Adoption Pages and choose a beautiful girl or handsome lad to send to family, friends or colleagues. Information on How To Adopt is also available here.
“Whoever believes that farm animals can be raised and slaughtered humanely should be here to listen to the constant bleating’s of our neighbour’s ewes. Their lambs have just been rounded up and taken to the slaughterhouse. The ewes have been frantically searching the fields looking for them for days. The lambs will bleat for the whole of the journey, their first, and what will be their last. They will get over it one way or the other, they don’t have a choice.” Janet Taylor