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Kathy Stevens

Goodbye, Stencil

August 27, 2015 | Categories: Director's Corner

By Kathy Stevens, Founder and President

If ever there was an animal who embodied love and joie de vivre, it was Stencil. Stencil was a brown goat with the long, silken ears characteristic of Nubians. He was rescued with 18 others in 2010. All of them were emaciated and riddled with worms and lice. Stencil’s name came from the huge white spot on his right side that so resembled the shape of the United States that it appeared to be “stencilled” on. If you knew this goat, you loved him in an instant such was his character. Gentle, soulful, and deeply affectionate, he would run you […]

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Thomas Negron

Help Hermione

August 18, 2015 | Categories: Farm Animal News,Life at CAS

By Thomas Negron, Communications Manager

The end of the day around the Sanctuary is a bustle of activity. Animals need to be fed and an unending list of chores needs to be tackled. At the end of one of these evenings last week a neighbor came down the hill to let us know about a goat lying by the side of the road. It seems she was abandoned there for us to find. And what we found was upsetting. She’s young, maybe only four to six months old, but she’s known cruelty and neglect. Her ribs poke through her loose-fitting skin. Her emaciated body further […]

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Erin Murphy

“Pigs Treat Us As Equals.”

August 7, 2015 | Categories: General

By Erin Murphy, Animal Care Staff

No less than Winston Churchill himself made that proclamation. Sadly, humans haven’t returned the respect. Visitors to the Sanctuary are often surprised to learn how friendly and social pigs are — and how profoundly intelligent. Founder Kathy Stevens often talks of their sensitivity: it is easy, for instance, to hurt a pig’s feelings. Her second book, Animal Camp, shares the story of how we helped Franklin build his confidence after constantly being picked on. Contrary to what you may have heard, pigs are actually very clean animals, keeping their toilet area far from where they eat and lie down. The […]

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Thomas Negron

Would Perdue Recognize a Happy Chicken if it Saw One?

August 1, 2015 | Categories: General

By Thomas Negron, Communications Manager

The New York Times has a positive story on Perdue’s efforts to eliminate using antibiotics in chickens. Jim Perdue says, “What you think is humane treatment of an animal and what I think is humane treatment of an animal can be different.” Can it ever. We think humane treatment is leaving chickens alone to wander freely, hatch their eggs, raise their young, take roost, and enjoy dust baths. We think humane treatment is realizing chickens have a right to lead their lives peacefully. We think humane treatment is not exploiting a species for personal profit. Jim Perdue says his company needs […]

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