Jane is enamored with these pigs as they smile while being caressed. You can literally see how amazingly sentient these creatures are. It is a night and day from Jane’s experiences attending vigils at slaughterhouses in the Los Angeles area. She has seen the animals arriving on trucks to slaughterhouses first hand, and she has seen how tortured, dehydrated, and scared they are as they arrive at their final stop. She explains that people eat the products made from these sweet animals, and don’t think about the real cost. A living loving being that wanted nothing more than to live and be away from harm, was denied that right in order to end up on someone’s bun in a deli.
Sarah Heiligtag devotes every waking hour to the animals who’ve escaped the horrors of factory farming and landed here. Please support Hof-Narr! Sarah is an ethics teacher and she created this sanctuary to share her values with everyone she can. Her philosophy is to rescue animals from bad situations, usually in the modern day institutionalized cruelty called factory farming, and to teach people about what happens to them, while sharing the sanctuary experience with others. They have up to 400 visitors any given week, and anyone who meets one of these sweet pigs, or any animal at this place, is dared not to make the connection. For most people it is a shock to see these animals in a space like this and interact with them. According to Sarah, most people stop eating pork first, and they gradually stop eating all animals as they connect further.
Sarah explains that children visit this amazing sanctuary and you can see them make the connection between what they formerly saw as food, to the sentient being before them. These children burst into tears at the idea of eating these animals, and it makes us wonder how this practice is permitted at all, especially when it is so incredibly unnecessary for human survival in modern times. To top it off, animal agriculture is not only cruel, it is also awful for the environment. The leading cause of greenhouse gasses comes from the waste from animals that were raised to be used and to die ultimately.
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Jane Velez-Mitchell is an award-winning TV journalist and New York Times best-selling author. She is the founder of UnchainedTV and the host of several shows on the network.