Thursday, March 22, 2012
An advocate's sanctuary 'for the animals'
With an image like that on the front page, who wouldn't read the rest? The Animal Protection League Activator is a solid newsletter every time, but this photo and the accompanying story make it irresistible.
It's hard to decide whether the pig or the woman looks happier, but isn't it great that they both do? He is Brutus, while she is Debbie Kowalski, and they're each a part of For the Animals Sanctuary, in Blairstown.
Brutus wouldn't look like that without Kowalski; nor would the other animals there who were all rescued from the food farming trade. Kowalski, a nurse, began as an animal advocate after seeing what happened to animals in the vivisection industry. From the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty site she moved into veganism and on to co-found Caring Activists Against Fur with Julie O'Connor, who still leads that organization.
The sanctuary was Kolawski's next stop -- and she's still there, most recently saving a mother and her calf from the milk industry.
The sanctuary's website is www.ForTheAnimalsSanctuary.org. Warning: you’ll want to visit the place once you see pictures of the animals there.
For those not familiar with the APLNJ newsletter (bottom of home page, aplnj.org), its remaining space includes a rundown on “Legislative Assault on Wildlife”; a vegan recipe; extensive information about New Jersey’s black bears and steps toward protecting them; and excerpts from “2010 slaughterhouse figures for the US,” including the following:
• Pigs: 133.9 Million
• Turkeys: 276.2 Million
• Chickens (Meat): 9 BILLION 210.4 Million
• Cattle/Calves: 39.2 Million
TOTAL for land animals alone: 10 BILLION 152.8 Million
(Note: photo courtesy APLNJ)