Situated in a lush stand of trees in Montague Township, New Jersey, about two hours from Manhattan, is Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary, home to nearly two-hundred chickens, turkeys, goats, ducks, pigs, and other nonhuman animals rescued from a variety of exploitative industries, but mostly from those that supply meat and eggs to American consumers. In stark contrast to the squalor, abuse, and confinement from which many of them were rescued, at Tamerlaine, these animals enjoy the freedom to move about, socialize, play, and express their individuality. But Tamerlaine isn't just a sanctuary for animals: it's also a haven for people who love them, as I found out on a recent trip to Tamerlaine, organized by the good folks at Animal Connection.
Last Sunday morning, I boarded a bus in Midtown Manhattan and, along with about seventy other animal-loving New Yorkers, made the trip to Montague Township to visit Tamerlaine; enjoy the company of its resident goats, chickens, turkeys, and pigs; and, eat as many vegan empanadas as I could without making the other guests uncomfortable or causing the pigs to feel inadequate.
Here are some highlights from the visit:
If you live in the New York/New Jersey area, I encourage you to pay a visit to Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary, where you can meet some of these amazing animals in person. Please also consider supporting the work they do by either making a donation, or by purchasing some of their merchandise.
If you live outside the NY/NJ area, please consult Vegan.com's farm animal sanctuary directory, which, though not 100% comprehensive, is still an excellent resource for anyone interested in visiting or supporting a sanctuary.
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