Todays conversation with Pam Ahern from Edgars Mission Farm Sanctuary is a chat I sought out as a beacon of hope and positivity in a time when life can seem a little overwhelming and a lot uncertain. I feel like the world seems small right now. We’re doing less, planning less, excited by less and yet there’s still such a positive impact you can have in one individuals day or on one individuals life.
I could be referring to that positive interaction you have with another human animal or of course I could be referring to creating a kinder world for individual non-human animals.
One of the things that frustrates me most as a vegan and animal rights activist is my fellow humans ability to see some animals as friends and some animals as food. I oscillate between fury at the ignorance with volition, apathy or just plain selfishness that surely reflects and then schooling myself to be more compassionate, less judgement and cognisant of the fact it took me 16 years to escape the conditioning we are born into that allows Carnism and speciesism to thrive.
Edgar’s Mission is a not for profit sanctuary for rescued farmed animals that seeks to create a humane and just world for humans and non-humans. It is set on 153 acres nestled in the tranquillity of the Macedon Ranges in Central Victoria, Australia and is home to over 450 rescued animals with new residents coming in at all times.
Pam and her team at Edgars Mission are committed to telling the stories of each individual animal. These stories serve to remind us that the animals’ lives matter. They matter to them and they should matter to us.
Only by seeing these “food” animals as individuals capable of love and joy, pain and suffering – individuals with unique personalities, moods and a genuine need and desire to experience life can we realise they are no different to the “friend” animals we’ve chosen to share our lives and our homes with.
In this chat we cover:
- Pams vegan journey and also Edgar Alan Pig’s story.
- The vital role Edgars Mission offers both to the animal residents and also to humans who get to interact with these residents and see they are thinking, feeling individuals in their own right.
- The education campaigns external to the sanctuary that Pam and her team run.
- Pams thoughts on tightening Ag Gag laws and how animal rights activists can still effectively get the truth out to the public regarding the atrocities inflicted on animals in animal agriculture.
- The importance of choosing your own values and beliefs rather than blindly inheriting them from others / society and how we can align our daily actions with our beliefs.
- Edgars Mission’s Upcoming (and second) cookbook: The Kindness Community Vegan Cookbook.
WOW, what a beautifully genuine, authentic and compelling individual and activist right?
I found that conversation so heartening and calming. I can only imagine how amazing it would be to connect with Pam and the Edgars Mission huge family in person at the Sanctuary post Covid. For now, I hugely recommend you join the almost 350,000 people following Edgars Mission on Facebook or via Instagram.
Tuning in to watch a live video of sheep racing each other across a paddock for their evening fix of hand fed Weetbix (as I did last night!) is surprisingly heart warming and such a simple, healthy, quick fix of positivity and hope.
It’s true that most people will look at cute picture of happy animals frolicking. And equally most will turn away from the process by which an individual animal becomes their dinner. I think we need all forms of activism and I’m so incredibly grateful to individuals such as Pam who has committed her every moment and every dollar to her powerful approach of engaging people to help make the world a kinder place for all animals.
I think the perfect way to end todays show is the defining quote of Edgars Mission:
“If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others… why wouldn’t we?”
I have and hugely recommend the first cookbook Cooking with Kindness. Stay tuned for the upcoming cookbook: The Kindness Community Vegan Cookbook. “It’s packed with 125 delicious cruelty-free recipes supplied by non-other than you – our kindness community!”
Here is the main website for Edgars Mission:
Connect with Pam and Edgars Mission on Facebook:
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Learn more about Ag Gag laws here: https://voiceless.org.au/hot-topics/ag-gag/ and here: https://www.aussiefarms.org.au/media/7-activists-slam-new-draconian-ag-gag-laws. If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others... why wouldn't we? Pam Ahern @edgarsmission #friendsnotfood #animalsanctuary Click To Tweet
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