Animal Writes
17 January 1999 Issue

Sad News

Farm Sanctuary volunteers were devastated when a fire broke out at the
Sanctuary and took the lives of more than 30 pigs on Friday night. Only 10
pigs were saved and 5 of those were badly burned. The suspected cause was
heat lamps being used to keep the pigs warm, however authorities have been
asked by those at the sanctuary to investigate the cause of the fire.
Veterinarians are currently doing all they can to help the injured pigs.

Farm Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization established in 1986 when they
started the first shelters in the USA for victims of food animal production. These
shelters are in both New York and California where hundreds of animals rescued
from factory farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses are given rehabilitation and
lifelong care. Farm Sanctuary has devoted their resources and time to ex-
posing, and stopping, the cruel practices of the "food animal" industry.

Farm Sanctuary sponsored the passage of the Downed Animal Bill, the first
state legislation to prevent downed animal cruelties at stockyards and slaughter-
houses. Under the California State law, downed animals can no longer be sold
at livestock auctions, dragged to slaughter, or abandoned to die from neglect.
Farm Sanctuary also prosecuted one of the largest stockyards in the United
States for neglecting a downed cow. This precedent-setting case marked the
first time that an American stockyard was convicted of cruelty to animals and
redefined what constitutes "cruelty" to farm animals under existing laws.

Farm Sanctuary's ground-breaking investigative campaigns have been featured
in The New York Times, CBS This Morning, National Public Radio, The Wall
Street Journal, CNN Larry King Live Show, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times,
and other news stories across the country. In addition to it's 'No Downers',
Boycott Veal, and Farm Animal Defense campaigns, Farm Sanctuary promotes
a vegan lifestyle.

Every year, thousands of people visit Farm Sanctuary in upstate New York and
northern California. Here, people have the opportunity to be touched by rescued
farm animals. Farm Sanctuary also hosts various conferences and events, and
operates Bed & Breakfast cabins at its New York farm.

Animal Rights Online staff hope our subscribers will hold a good thought for the
remaining pigs and let Farm Sanctuary know that our sympathies are with them.

To reach Farm Sanctuary
Farm Sanctuary, PO Box 150, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 
Farm Sanctuary
[email protected]

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