Photographing farm animal sanctuaries and their non-human residents has taught me compassion. These images are my offering to all beings.
Featured in the book Ninety-Five: Meeting America's Farmed Animals in Stories and Photographs pg. 45
A pregnant Misty was one of 26 cattle rescued by Farm Sanctuary. She was used as a "breeding cow" forced to give birth so that her calves could be used for veal or beef. When their babies are torn from them, cows cry for days. Fortunately, Misty will never experience such a loss again. She and her son David (pictured) now live happily together with a family in Michigan.
Featured in the book Ninety-Five: Meeting America's Farmed Animals in Stories and Photographs pg. 77
Jordan was rescued by Farm Sanctuary from the Lancaster, Pennsylvania stockyards. He was a "downer" suffering from salt toxicity/water deprivation. "Downer" is the term the meat and dairy industries used to refer to animals so sick, diseased or disabled that they can not even stand on their own. Jordan lived 15 long, happy years at their New York shelter before he passed away.
Featured in the book Ninety-Five: Meeting America's Farmed Animals in Stories and Photographs pg. 78
Simon was a seven pound pygmy goat when he was found wandering the streets of Brooklyn. He was underweight, alone, cold, scared, and suffering from severe pneumonia, lice infestation, sore mouth and giardiasis when a caring woman found him. Eventually he came to Farm Sanctuary's New York shelter. After receiving medical treatment and lots of love, he fully recovered and became one of the sanctuary's star ambassadors!
You can see this photo in the men's room of the People Barn at Farm Sanctuary...
Mother pig is named Julia. She was imprisoned in a factory farm all of her life. As she was moved from a cramped gestation crate to an equally cramped farrowing crate to give birth, a worker brutally kicked and beat her and then ran an electrified cattle prod over the length of her body as she screamed in pain. The assault ended only when Julia collapsed, at which point she was dragged into the crate by her ears.
In what is rare in the industry, the worker was reported to the SPCA, who contacted Farm Sanctuary. A mere eight hours after she arrived at their New York Shelter, the sow gave birth to 16 premature piglets. With love and compassion all were saved, and now live in sanctuaries.
Featured in the book Ninety-Five: Meeting America's Farmed Animals in Stories and Photographs pg. 29
Rosie & Ronnie were being taken from a factory farm to a slaughterhouse when the driver parked his triple-decker trailer and then abandoned it, leaving the animals in the hot sun without water. The trailer was seized and the pigs were taken to Poplar Spring Sanctuary. Although the corporation who owned the pigs was not prosecuted for for abandoning them, they agreed to sign the pigs over to the sanctuary in lieu of paying them $10,000 to cover expenses. Forty of them, including Maggie and Aurora, were taken to Farm Sanctuary's New York shelter to live out the rest of their lives.
Ellen fell off a truck on her way to a grower barn
This photograph is featured in the book Ninety-Five: Meeting America's Farmed Animals in Stories and Photographs pg. 10
Violet was rescued from major veterinary school battery cage research facility. Large numbers of farmed animals are used in university agricultural research projects, and at some veterinary schools animals are used for "practice" surgeries. Fortunately for Violet, her university days are over; she is free from the battery cage and enjoying her life at Farm Sanctuary in New York.