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Today we have a guest post from Maria Ramos: Most shoppers have no idea about the severe animal abuse that takes place in factory farms, where animals are mutilated and forced to live in cramped cages with no access to fresh air or sunlight. They are also unaware of the effects this type of farming has on workers and the environment. Unfortunately, this isn’t new. “Food animals” are sentient beings just like the dogs and cats in our lives but billions of mammals and birds are exploited as commodities for profit each year in the United States alone. Fortunately, several documentaries and undercover […]

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Thomas Negron

Four Horses for Mother’s Day

May 21, 2015 | Categories: General

By Thomas Negron, Communications Manager

The thing about rescues is that you never know when you’ll get a call that kicks everyone into high gear. Do we have room for new arrivals? Can we afford the increased food and medical costs? We recently received one of those calls from a local woman who had become overwhelmed and was unable to care for all her horses. Four in particular were in need of care and she was agreeing to let them come live at the Sanctuary. Luckily, we had recently moved the residents around to maximize the pasture space. So a few days before Mother’s Day we […]

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An Epidemic Beyond the Flu

May 14, 2015 | Categories: Animals,General,Vegan

By Thomas Negron, Communications Manager

Today’s New York Times reports on the bird flu epidemic. Each year billions of chickens are killed. They were likely exploited so humans could consume them for meat or their eggs. Or perhaps they were killed at birth because they were the wrong sex. Compared against such staggering numbers, the millions who are being killed because of the flu are relatively small. But in discussions about the epidemic the focus has generally been on the rising cost of eggs. Why is there no mention of the inherent value of a chicken’s life? Maybe this is why: “… egg producers had […]

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Rambo’s Children Come Home

May 11, 2015 | Categories: Animal Camp,Animals

By Thomas Negron, Communications Manager

The Great Sheep Rambo looms large in Catskill Animal Sanctuary’s history. He arrived untrusting and filled with anger as part of the first rescue we ever conducted. Eventually his anger gave way to trust and devotion as Rambo assumed the role of protector. For years he looked after both his nonhuman and human flock and challenged perceptions about the differences between us. When Rambo died in 2012 we assumed that was the end of his story. Imagine our surprise when we received a call asking if we could give a home to four of his children. Rambo was part of a […]

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