30 March 2011

Farm animal sanctuary gets new digs and a new name

It all began with one brave chicken.

In 2000 Pattrice and Miriam Jones found a single lost chicken wandering along the side of the road near their home in Maryland’s Delmarva Peninsula - just a few miles away from the home of the Perdue Chicken processing plant.

Pattrice and Miriam brought the confused and disoriented animal home. He’d likely fallen from one of the many over-crowded trucks that barreled towards the Perdue plant every day. They made a place for him in their garage and fenced off a section of their yard.

They named him Viktor Frankl after the existentialist psychiatrist who survived a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War.

From there it became a snowball effect. Pattrice and Miriam took in more birds who had escaped or fallen off trucks heading towards certain death and before long the Eastern Shore Sanctuary and Education Center was born.

Nine years, and many more animals later, the sanctuary moved to a new location near Springfield Vermont. The new space offered 100 acres and made it possible for the sanctuary to start accepting more chickens, ducks, and even a turkey – as well as larger animals such as cows and horses.

The organization works with other groups such as Farm Sanctuary to rescue animals that have suffered horribly from the meat and dairy industries as well as other abuses such as cock fighting. Staff members work to heal and rehabilitate the animals so that they can live the rest of their days in good health and dignity.

A new home needed a new name and the Eastern Shore Sanctuary and Education Center has now become the VINE Sanctuary. VINE stands for Veganism is the Next Evolution and, according to co-President Miriam Jones, “with VINE it is our hope that we can advocate a vegan lifestyle as a delicious, cruelty-free alternative that is an absolutely necessary step in order to preserve the planet and act compassionately toward all its inhabitants, both human and non-human.”

VINE’s work includes rescue, rehabilitation, education and advocacy on the part of farm animals.

Learn more about VINE at www.vine.bravebirds.org

Sara Best | @shbest
Sara was literally born into the animal welfare movement. While growing up, her father worked with various organizations on campaigns from the Canadian seal hunt to the slaughter of dogs in the Philippines to the ivory trade in Africa. Eventually, Sara became involved in animal protection projects herself. Now she is a writer living near Toronto, a mom to two little omnivores and married to one dedicated carnivore. Visit Sara's blog.

Photo credit: Screen capture VINE Sanctuary