BRITAIN’S FIRST FARM ANIMAL SANCTUARY - Compassionate Caring for 25 years
The last secure place for over 530 animals and birds rescued from abuse, neglect, slaughter and abandonment. Please donate or adopt to keep them safe. Please don’t forget that if you shop online through Give As You Live that helps our funding too!
At the Sanctuary Farm Animals Are for Life And Not For Slaughter
Our new phone number is 01386 834500, and our email address is now email@example.com
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Lambing time is here again. Come Easter, families will be driving out into the countryside, taking the children to watch bouncy, active, happy little lambs playing in the fields, perhaps even bottle feeding them at “petting farms". What they won't be seeing is the misery that goes on out of sight of the public.
Lambing season can start as early as December and continue throughout the coldest, wettest, harshest months of the year. On most commercial farms ewes are lambed inside barns, the usual practice then is to turn them out into the fields when the lambs are a few days old to leave space for the next batch of ewes who are due to lamb. For a lot of these newly lambed ewes there is very little shelter, no grass, the ewe not only has to forage for enough food for herself but she has to produce enough milk to feed her lambs to keep them alive.
For ewes who live out on the moors and mountains it's an impossible job to watch them all. They like to find a private hidden place to give birth. Harsh weather, snow, strong winds can and will cause the deaths of vulnerable newborn lambs who are unable to regulate their body temperature until they are three days old. They need the warmth of their mothers' bodies and a bellyful of milk to stay alive. A few years ago there was heavy snow throughout most of the country. A little Welsh Mountain ewe was found with just her head visible, the rest of her was buried under three feet of snow, it was thought she'd been there for about three days. She was dug out, her rescuers found she was sheltering two newborn lambs who were curled up together against her side. They all survived. It isn't known if any other animals in her flock were that lucky.It would be nice to think that after that ordeal she and her lambs would be given special treatment?
Lambing time isn't only the busiest time of the year for farmers, it's also the busiest time for the Licensed Deadstock Hauliers whose job it is to travel around the farms picking up the casualties and delivering them to the Incinerators. Dead lambs are put into large bags, the number of deaths doesn't have to be recorded. The number of deaths that happen out on the moors and mountains would be impossible to record accurately, and there's always the fox and the buzzards to take away the evidence.
Five to six months after giving birth ewes will have their lambs taken away. Older ewes thought to be past their best will be "culled", she's no longer profitable. The biggest majority of those will go for Halal slaughter. For the other ewes, they will be given respite of three to four months to recover before the ram is put out with them and the whole process begins again. A conveyor belt of misery for a tough, brave, stoic animal whose only role in life is to provide food for another species.
Thank you to all who supported out Big Barn Appeal, we have raised enough funds to start work on a new barn for our oldies, ensuring they are snug and warm this winter before we finally have the new barn in place next spring. Thank you all
We are very excited to now be able to accept payments and donations via PayPal. Just click on the Paypal button to donate now, or where ever you see it on our website.
Like every other Charity fundraising is one of the biggest issues and challenges facing everyone. We don't produce anything apart from fleeces once a year. Were it not for neighbour Liz, who sorts our fleeces, sells them online and at a Fibre Festival which takes place once a year, the cost of shearing would outweigh the money we receive from the Wool Marketing Board. We rely totally on donations and legacies, but as I've said so many times farm animals are right at the bottom of the pile when it comes to gaining empathy and support.
We're here not just to give the lucky ones the chance of a life of care and respect but also to support campaigns to greatly improve and implement welfare standards.
We will always be looking for people who will help us in any way to raise much needed funds. Ours have been sorely depleted paying the legal fees during this whole sad, sorry and totally unnecessary debacle, so please, please stay with us.
If you would like to remember a much loved one please send a Jpeg image with a short dedication to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a donation of £5 we will be pleased to add your dedication to this page. Please send your donation either via the Every click facility on our website stating in the box what your donation is for, or by cheque made payable to The Farm Animal Sanctuary and sent to Manor Orchard Farm, School Lane, Middle Littleton, Evesham, Worcestershire. WR11 8LN. Thank you.
We need to raise at least £2,500 each week, new supporters to help us do this are always very welcome. If you live locally could you do a Car Boot sale for us, we have many saleable items here but not the time. Can you ask friends, family, colleagues etc. if they have any unwanted or broken gold or silver jewellery they could donate? If you have any other ideas please let us know. Is there a local handyman/woman who has a few hours to spare to help with small repairs to field shelters, aviaries etc? All suggestions welcome.
Please get in touch with Janet on 01386 834500 or email@example.com
Visit our Adoption Pages and choose a beautiful girl or handsome lad to send to family, friends or colleagues. Information on How To Adopt is also available here.
“Whoever believes that farm animals can be raised and slaughtered humanely should be here to listen to the constant bleating’s of our neighbour’s ewes. Their lambs have just been rounded up and taken to the slaughterhouse. The ewes have been frantically searching the fields looking for them for days. The lambs will bleat for the whole of the journey, their first, and what will be their last. They will get over it one way or the other, they don’t have a choice.” Janet Taylor