One of my friends has an animal sanctuary near Bruton, in Somerset, England. And when I found out I had to go visit. Its coming up to 6 years that I have stopped eating meat (vegetarian/3 years vegan) to help stop animals being killed unnecessarily for food. But this was my first visit to somewhere that homes animals that were having a shit life before.
One of the stand-out animals from the day was a large black and white horse named Eureka. She was a bit temperamental to me at first, but after I fed her some long green grass and some fruit, I gained her trust a little more. She even ran across the field towards me, from one end of the field to the other.
Eureka's story - She is a very large horse, and most of her life before the sanctuary she was a breeding mare. Because of her good genes she was seen as an asset or means of production. But for whatever reason the then owners decided that she was not good enough for breeding anymore, and instead of repaying her by giving her a nice home, they were going to send her to be slaughtered. Luckily for her the sanctuary were able to offer her a place to go, and live out the rest of her life!
The pigs - I did not find out their stories. But I did get to interact with them! My pig dialect is not very good at the moment, I know 'weeeeeeweeee' and 'oink', but I don't know what either means! I had never seen this breed of pig before, and their eyes are very small compared to the rest of their bodies. But shapes and sizes aside these two definitely had their own personalities.
I'm already looking forward to my next trip!!
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