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Re: [vegan-440] Walk for Farm Sanctuary

From: user 9.
Sent on: Monday, October 24, 2011 2:46 PM
I respectfully submit that it would be a huge mistake to allow the pursuit of the perfect prevent our acceptance of what by most objective standards are "better" conditions for farm animals.  In addition, I really think it's a mischaracterization to call a non-profit organization's operating surplus "profit."  No reason to think they must spend every penny they take in, rather than choose to save some of it for future major initiatives, right?
I also certainly have nothing against PPS, but there's something to be said for focusing financial support to the few organizations out there that have consistently been successful in getting out the message to the general public on a broad scale, gaining traction on legislative matters, and the like.
-Tim Zee

-----Original Message-----
From: Laura Tennison <[address removed]>
To: vegan-440 <[address removed]>
Sent: Mon, Oct 24,[masked]:57 am
Subject: [vegan-440] Walk for Farm Sanctuary

Though some may not agree with what I'm about to say, I feel it is an important issue that concerns all of us who have chosen the only cruelty-free lifestyle there can be, Veganism, and the many people that dedicate their lives to animal activisim. It is without question or compromise: animals deserve the same freedoms we have to live the lives they were meant to live, free from cruelty, pain, fear, slavery and exploitation. They currently have NONE of these, and though all of you work tirelessly to make changes and to change minds and practices, I can't help but question some of the organizations we have chosen to support, or at least to solely support.  Though I know that organizations like Farm Sanctuary do so very much good, I must question the ease in which they have gotten into bed with the UEP to "better" the lives of caged hens (to me it is just a tool used to help the public feel all warm and fuzzy while these animals are still suffering). Adding 19 inches to a confined animals prison will make no difference in their happiness, they are still in prison. The only way to do that is to take away confinement and slavery period and the inevitable horrific death they will suffer at hands of unfeeling murderers. We should be promoting and fighting for animals to live freely, no matter the cost, and fighting for their right to life. Not compromising for what we consider to be "better". Have we asked the chickens what they think of this so-called "better" life? I do not feel right about the so-called "progress" that is being lauded as ground breaking. Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary is struggling and practically begging for money to get them through the winter with upwards of a 100+ animals on 200 acres, all the while Farm Sanctuary makes a profit, that's profit people, of over 1 million dollars every year for 175 acres and have assets totaling over 7 million dollars. Now, here in our own backyard is Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary, run solely on donations and volunteerism, and by two very dedicated people, with literally no profit at all and certainly no assets to fall back on. Does this make sense to you? It certainly does not to me...
If you are at all interested in learning more about this issue that to me seems quite contrary, please check out the article below and make your own decision. I walked for Farm Sanctuary last year and raised a lot of money for them, but I will not be walking this year. I will send what little money I have to PPS, who does not make any sort of annual profit, who have no assets to rely upon in an emergency and who struggle to stay afloat every year. They do not have the support of famous actors/actresses, authors, congressman or CEO's of major specialty markets. There is only the two founders of PPS to do the work needed to keep this beautiful place afloat. And all of the volunteers blessed to be a part of this very special place. Please, just keep an open mind and see for yourselves what you already know, changing cage sizes and slaughter methods is not what we are fighting for...

Laura Tennison
"Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight." - Albert Schweitzer
Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings. – Helen Keller

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