Happy 5th Veganniversary to me!!! This was Day 2 of my trip to Austin, Texas & I made a stop at the Dreamtime Animal Sanctuary in Elgin, Texas.
I struggle with even including myself in some of these pictures because it’s important to center the nonhuman animals & their stories. And too often, a lot of vegan/animal rights activists include & center themselves in these narratives.
Part of my wish in celebrating my 25th birthday & 5th vegan anniversary was visiting an animal/farm sanctuary. When I think of what liberation for nonhuman animals may bring, I think of sanctuaries being a radical representation of that mission. What is one of my life goals? Creating a farm sanctuary for nonhuman animals near Chicago. Some of the animals at the sanctuary were left abandoned, saved from slaughter or labor, saved from fires, or unable to be taken care of their caregivers, or saved from euthanasia.
There’s a lot to say on how speciesism & DISableism informs what nonhuman animals are worth protecting & humanizing or worthy of granting their personhood.
I met so many beautiful nonhuman animals throughout my visit & Nancy, the main caretaker, gave me a wonderful background on their stories. I saw their personalities & affect & the language they used with one another.
I’m upset that I forgot some of their names. There were over 50 creatures there! First picture, there is Cinnamon, the light pink pig on the left top corner. There is Cheerios, a black pig in the bottom middle corner. Van, a mixed Husky at the bottom right corner. Mama, a donkey into the middle, originally saved by the Austin Farm Sanctuary. And most, if not all, of the species at the farm were not separated by species, free to interact with one another.
Second picture, Anox a black goat in the top left corner. Dawn a white horse in the middle. Mama & me in the bottom left corner.
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