Many animals in human care in this country are excluded from the protection of Australia’s animal welfare legislation. That is, about 500 million ‘food animals’ (as they are called) endure lives of misery in factory farms as they are without socialisation, sunshine and freedom.
When a lady named Pam Ahern learned of these facts she decided to do something about it and create a place that could be a sanctuary for rescued farm animals.
Edgar Alan Pig – a large white and landrace cross pig – was the first animal Pam rescued from a piggery and she named her sanctuary after him.
Edgar’s Mission aims to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome wherever possible. They seek to create a humane and just world for humans and animals through education, advocacy and empowerment.
The sanctuary is home to over 250 animals so a big part of what Edgar’s Mission does is help care for them. The other part of their work is to run education programs for students and community groups. While being conscious of not telling people what to do, the mission provides information and hopes to inspire people to be have more empathy for animals, respect for the environment and an understanding of the impact they are making on the world around them.
Check out the video below for more information about Edgar’s Mission.
If you’re in Melbourne, Edgar’s Mission have a few open days each year, and being only an hour from Melbourne it’s a a lovely day out. And, in particular, this Sunday (April 15) they have their Kids Day Out.
The Fish Chick thanks Pam and the team at Edgar’s Mission this Thank You Thursday.
See you in the pond,
The Fish Chick