Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge

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Two weeks ago I had the honor of visiting the Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge in Pittsboro, NC. Piedmont is a sanctuary in the truest sense of the word. Only a few miles from major industrial pig and chicken farms, and in the middle of areas frequented by deer hunters, this place brought a sense of peace to me…and more important a safe place for our animal friends.

Beside meeting Lenore and the turkeys (seriously, turkeys are the best) my favorite part was seeing their amazing new goat barn, and the bird barn. Lenore’s husband designed these buildings with the animals safety and needs in mind. They were honestly stunning and unlike any barn I have been to.

It was really interesting to see a relatively new sanctuary as opposed to very established one. It really gives you more appreciation to the people who dedicate their lives to help the animals.

The next time you are in the Raleigh, NC area PLEASE take a trip out to Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge to see for yourself how truly amazing this sanctuary is. I know this this place will only continue to grow.

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(Logo is theirs. Photos are mine.)

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary Fundraiser

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Please donate to my fundraiser for Woodstock Farm Sanctuary here: http://donate.woodstocksanctuary.org/betheirsound

If you are on Tumblr, please reblog that post here: http://bts-animaladvocacy.tumblr.com/post/131707384451/help-me-meet-my-1000-goal-for-woodstock-farm

Last weekend I was lucky enough to meet Woodstock Farm Sanctuary’s new residents who were rescued from a horrible case of abuse and neglect at a backyard butcher. Upon seeing the beautiful animals they saved, I started to tear up.

As you know, the Be Their Sound name is dedicated to animal rights and awareness. While I plan to open my own farm sanctuary in the future, these animals and this amazing place needs help now. Please share this fundraiser and donate what you can. The funds we raise together will go towards medical treatment, food and other supplies to help these wonderful animals.

I love turkeys

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*The birds above all live happy, safe lives at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in High Falls, NY. Photos taken by me.*

I don’t think I can put into words exactly how much I love turkeys. Every time I meet them they make it easy to recall why they are one of my favorite animals to spend time with. Their inquisitive and gentle nature make them easy to get along with, and fun to observe. They have a range of vocalizations that not only make them endearing, but prove that their communication abilities are complex.

At farms all over the world, turkeys are debeaked and de-toed without anesthetic. They are confined in dirty, over crowded enclosures and denied everything that comes naturally to them. The birds that are killed for food are still babies, they are still peeping like chicks. 

Turkey’s love spending time with humans as well as their flock. I have scratched many a turkey head, and under-wing. They make soft sounds of happiness, lean into your hand and close their eyes. So how can people still eat these amazing, personable animals? Are your tastebuds really more important than their lives?

300 million turkeys lose their lives in the United States every year. 43 million of those birds die for your Thanksgiving Day meals.

Check out my post here for cruelty free alternatives for your Thanksgiving Day meal.

And click here to learn more about these beautiful animals, and the abuse that they face.

“Cykochik vegan products are great…but their name? Not so much.

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It’s always exciting when you find a new cruelty-free, entirely vegan company. The more vegan accessories and clothing the better! But when that company’s name is extremely dis/ableist, that excitement diminishes pretty quickly.

Cykochik is the name, and despite the alternate spelling, this is deeply offensive. Using an illness in a way that is mean to be “fashionable” or “fun” is extremely hurtful to those who suffer from psychopathy, and other mental illness.

While Founder Nikki Duong Koenig might mean no harm, they need to know that this is not something to be taken lightly. Cykochik’s “About” page even states that the name is to be taken “tongue-in-cheek”, acknowledging that such a title is supposed to be humorous.

Dis/ableism is all too common, and as vegans we should strive to make sure our movement is intersectional. Please reach out to this company on FB and politely tell them that while you love their products and their message, their name is hurtful. Just because they are vegan, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be called out.

**Note that some people prefer to use the terms ableism, disablism, or (dis)ableism, and find that other terms are actually problematic. I could find no concrete evidence about which term is the most accepted, and have found that in my experience “dis/ableism” is typically well received.