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34 Farm Sanctuaries To Vist in the US

Even though the recession has strained animal welfare groups of all kinds, I find a growing number of farm sanctuaries. With 9 billion animals killed on farms in the U.S. each year, the people who run these sanctuaries aren’t kidding themselves. They know they’re saving only a a token number of horses, pigs, goats, sheep, ducks, donkeys or chickens. But they think it’s worth it–both for the animals they save and for the hope these animal might teach visitors that even cows or pigs have personalities and deserve some dignity.

Many of the 34 farm sanctuaries I found take in whatever animals turn up at their door. The Ironwood Pig Sanctuary in Arizona specializes in pigs, as you might expect. Chocowinity Chicken Sanctuary will actually take in turkeys and other poultry. Connecticut’s massive Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary is home to a huge array of ducks and geese. Dreamcatcher PMU Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation specializes in mares that have spent half their lives hooked up to urine collection machines to make premarin.

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Can you find a farm animal sanctuary near you?

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