To coincide with me going meat-free in May, my charity of the month is Edgar’s Mission.
“If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others, why wouldn’t we?”
Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary is a not-for-profit farm sanctuary with a vision for a humane and just world for all, set on 153 peaceable acres near Lancefield, Victoria (Australia), about 60 km north of Melbourne.
They rescue and provide sanctuary to animals in need, currently providing lifelong love and care to over 450 rescued animals.
Through education, outreach, advocacy, community enrichment and farm tours, they encourage people to expand their circle of compassion to include all animals.
Where it began
Edgar’s Mission was founded by Pam Ahern and named after her first rescued pig, Edgar. Edgar Alan Pig, aka ‘the pig who started it all’, sadly passed away shortly after his seventh birthday party in April 2010. Edgar, a gentle giant, touched so many people and was an amazing ambassador for pigs and farmed animals everywhere. He will be missed beyond words – but his mission will continue.
Why do farmed animals need rescuing?
An estimated 500 million ‘food’ or ‘production’ animals in Australia are excluded from the protections of animal welfare legislation.
They endure lives of abject misery in factory farms: barely able to move, they are subjected to acts of cruelty that would be illegal if done to a cat or dog. They live without sunshine, without freedom, without being able to socialise, without hope.
As custodians of this planet, humans have designated some animals ‘friends’ and some animals ‘food’. Yet all animals share the same capacity to suffer, the same need and desire to experience life, and for it to have joy, meaning and purpose.
Edgar’s Mission provides you with a glimpse into a different world – a world of kindness.
There’s a variety of ways you can help out, from donating, to becoming a ‘buddy’ and sponsoring an animal, such as the heartbreakingly adorable Leon Trotsky here. Find out more via the links below.