Tracey Shepherd Davis is a leading animal rights advocate with a 100 videos on her YouTube Channel… she wants to educate people about the rich emotional lives and intelligence of pigs. Tracey used to be a slaughterhouse worker at Maple Leaf in Burlington; she is now an animal rescuer. She and her rescued pigs – Cleo and Cookie – transform and enrich each others’ lives and ours each day. Thanks Tracey, Cleo, Cookie, and all your other companion animals:)

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Susan Morris, founder of Snooter’s Farm Animal Sanctuary, located in Uxbridge Ontario, recounts the stories of the pigs who have entered their nurturing sanctuary, where pigs are allowed to be wonderful pigs and to live their full lives in a natural setting.

“Forrest & Earl are brothers and came from a backyard  breeder who breeds for personal BBQ’s. We ‘bought’ them at about 12 weeks old. They are now about 800 pounds and very handsome. Earl is the more dominant personality were Forrest is the kinder, gentler fella. They are now seven years old.

Flossy came from a factory farm. A university was doing research on behaviour of pigs and one of the students saw Flossy with her big ears, one blue eye, one brown and fell in love with her. She was purchased and brought here days before she would have been shipped to slaughter.

Gracie came as a piglet. She was in a factory farm and sustained a leg injury. In factory farms the bottom line is money and care of a piglet is not worth it so she was to be killed (PAC/pounded against concrete). Her rescuer ‘liberated’ her & she came her.

Trixie was born in a factory farm . She was born missing her front left leg. She was to be sold as a ‘second’ for backyard BBQ’s. We brought her here at 3 weeks old. Sadly as she grew she was unable to get up and at age 3 we had to euthanize her as her quality of life was suffering.
We loved her dearly.”

More in depth stories are on Susan’s blog (go to the beginning of the blog to read about Forrest and Earl’s stories of coming to the sanctuary)

Photos by Susan Morris, Snooters Farm Animal Sanctuary

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Photo by Susan Morris

Factory Farms produce many birth defects. Many piglets are born without an anus, some missing limbs & I have even heard of one being born with one head & two bodies.

This is our little Trixie who was born in such a place . She is missing her front right leg. Trixie’s fate would have been either PAC (pounded against cement) or to be sold as a “second” for backyard BBQs.

Trixie was rescued & brought to us at Snooters. She lived a loving life until at the age of 3 her weight made it impossible for her to get up. Trixie is buried in our memorial garden. We miss her terribly.

Photo by Susan Morris

Gracie is a typical “pork” pig ….a Yorkshire pig. Gracie, however, is far from “typical” ! She was rescued from a factory farm just prior to her death sentence by PAC (pounded against cement) a form of euthanasia in the factory farm environment. Gracie now lives a comfortable, happy life at Snooters.

Flossy was days from being shipped to slaughter when , because of her unusual looks, was spotted & saved. Flossy is so sweet & those big floppy ears so endearing !

Photo by Susan Morris

Photo by Susan Morris

Potbellied pigs….promised by breeders to grow to “only 50 lbs”. This has produced so many unwanted pets that sanctuaries cannot keep up with placing them. Potbellied pigs WILL grow to a healthy, normal 150 pound plus size. These once “beloved” pets are discarded like yesterdays garbage. Many ending up in slaughter auctions & selling for a toonie.

We have 8 potbellied pigs at Snooters who all live happily in a loving environment.  Belle & Easter are in the pictures here.

Photo by Susan Morris

Norman & Ashli are products of the dairy industry. Male calves born to enslaved mothers. They are taken away immediately after birth. These babies call out for their Mothers but are dragged away without being able to suckle for even a moment. The males are then either sold for veal or calves leather. At auctions these beautiful animals sell for mere dollars.  Ashli & Normal are the dearest souls & will live out their lives happily here at the sanctuary.

Photo by Susan Morris

Big Snooters House

Snooters Farm Animal Sanctuary is home to approximately 27 animals . We strive to give these animals the best lives possible. We are a non profit (although not registered) charity northeast of Toronto. Our animals happiness will always come first!

Photo by Susan Morris

Harley our 25 year old Quarter Horse enjoying some sun kissed hay!

Photo by Susan Morris

Photo by Susan Morris

Photo by Susan Morris

This picture is of one of our “Mother” peahens & her baby named “Snowball” We have 18 peafowl who live free on our property.  They escaped from a farm close by & now live free here. “Snowball” is quite unusual as he is all white….how wonderful he will look as an adult ! We do not promote breeding & have been feeding (regulated) birth control to the peafowl for 3 years now. Apparently “Mother” peahen did not eat the required amount last year !!

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Please consider donating to Toronto Vegetarian Association’s Support Local Farm Sanctuaries campaign.

See rabbletv’s video of their fund-raiser in the summer of 2010. Holly Larson, a member of the organizing committee, says: “In order to support the great work being done by farmed-animal sanctuaries in Ontario, TVA has joined forces with Animal Outreach — a London, Ontario nonprofit group whose mission is to provide shelter and care for abandoned, neglected, unwanted, injured and abused domesticated animals, including farm animals… Together with TVA’s work in advocacy of a plant-based diet, and the local farm sanctuaries’ work saving farm animals, we can educate the public about the plight of farm animals and how choosing a cruelty-free diet is the most compassionate choice.”


5 Responses to “Support Farm Sanctuaries”

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  2. Smiles Says:

    Rock on, Sherry.. Love & Respect!!!!!!!!!!!! x

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  4. Tricia Says:

    I am saddened, appalled and very concerned for the welfare and proper treatment of pigs. I stopped eating pork over 6 yrs ago. I will never eat pork again and i am eating a lot less beef and chicken although it’s hard with a husband who loves meat. It saddens me when he brings home pork ribs. I am working on getting him to stop eating pork and eating more vegetarian foods. I hope to eventually stop eating chicken and beef. I have always refused to eat or bought lamb, rabbit, pate, It makes me ill to see them in grocery stores. I was wondering how can i help ..are there ways i can do something to help out? I thank all of you who started this campaign for the welfare of pigs. I truly love them and respect them. Besides being very intelligent animals they are so sweet and cute. I applaud you all.

    1. Thank you Tricia… we very much appreciate your compassion and your honesty about your struggle along an important journey to go even further. We’d love your help… Please consider joining us at one of our vigils (we hold three each week). We encourage everyone to bear witness of the suffering of pigs… it’s the best way, we feel, to identify with the plight of pigs (cows, sheep, chickens, etc.) and to work with all the effort you can muster to free them. To find out about vigil times, it’s best to join our facebook group. If you’re not on fb…email us and we can let you know about times and other activities you can participate in. We’d also like to be assistance to you and your efforts to go vegetarian and vegan. We have some resources on this website… and we have copies of the film “Forks over Knives”–it’s all about health (no gruesome shots at all, just 100% about “whole-grain, plant-based diets”) and perhaps you could see if you and your partner could watch it… It’s converted 70 year old conservative men to veganism. It shows how people can avoid taking pills or getting cancer or how they can reverse it simply by choosing this healthy (and ethical and environmentally friendly) diet. Hope to work together soon and all the best.

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