These Farm Animals Got a Chance at Life | NowThis


– There are some farm animals who are shy. (light music) And others who are very outgoing. – I know. You’re a baby? – For the shier ones in particular, I would spend a lot of time, not even photographing them, just lying on the ground next to them. Hi, I don’t have cookies unfortunately. Just helping them
acclimate to my presence. I didn’t pose these images,
I followed the animal wherever he or she wanted to go. It was important to me
that I meet these animals on their terms and not mine. Get here. Hi, hi. So I photographed them at the sanctuaries because I wanted them to be portraits. Oh, look what we have going on here. Oh my goodness. In a lot of respects, my book was almost a love
letter to these sanctuaries. The focus of my portraits were the animals but I also really want
to acknowledge the people who dedicate their lives to rescuing and rehabilitating these animals. They work in all kinds of weather, the most extreme heat,
the most extreme cold, they go into rescue operations
where they see animals enduring such horrific
cruelty and neglect. A number of the people who
work at these sanctuaries do have PTSD just from
what they’ve witnessed. They do rescue as many
animals as they can, but they exist also to educate the public, to show a new way of
relating to these animals that involves kindness and compassion and doesn’t treat these
animals as commodities. – You’re out, Peace, you’re out? Here you go, baby girl. You know, everybody here
has an abusive past, we’re trying to change
that, we are changing that. They’re living their life, they’re living their life in happiness. You know, a sanctuary is
a place, farm sanctuaries, where farm animals come to
live their natural lives with proper medical care,
food, water, and shelter, and love, lots and lots of love, and to educate people. So we bring people here to educate them on the horrors of factory farming, animals that were bred to die, and explain to them
that animals wanna live just like you and me, so we
wanna put a face to the bacon, the ham, the product
that you buy in the story and just pick up not thinking that the animals tested on wanted to live. You know, a lot of people
think that their meat comes from the kitchen
or the grocery store. They don’t think that it has a face, it has a will to live and a want to live, and it’s a bright beautiful creature. – When people perceive an
animal as a food animal, they perceive them to be less intelligent than animals not considered edible. So people really like the idea
of the animals that they eat as being these dumb beasts. But that’s really wishful thinking. It allows people to excuse
the way we treat them. (light music) (birds chirping) – We have 12 pigs, we have five cats, we have seven chickens,
a rooster and six hens, we have a dog, Lyle, that’s it. So we have two pigs living in
the house right now currently. We have Wilbur who is a potbelly pig who we rescued last year that
was dumped at a dog shelter in New York City, and we
have Max who is a baby who came to us a couple
weeks old and 6.6 pounds, and he fell off a transport truck. Since Max was a meat pig, he’s
approaching eight weeks old. Pigs that are bred for food are slaughtered at 250
pounds, six months old. So everybody that’s eating bacon, everybody that’s eating ham, everybody that’s eating
pork, is eating babies. Max would have four more
months in a small facility, so he couldn’t walk around. They wanna get him fat, being fed food that has pig’s blood in it and hormones to make sure that they’re getting fat really, really quickly. So he would have four more months to live. We have two pigs that
were rescued from a lab, they were being burned
for product testing. Joy and Wren, they were
testing burn cream on them, and so they’re six months old. Joy and Wren would’ve been dead already. You know, when animals
in a testing facility, the minute they’re done with
that test, they get euthanized. So as soon as that test is over, many don’t even make it to the end, they die from pain,
they die from infection, and there’s no thought
that this is a living breathing animal that wants
to live no matter what. So they just euthanize them. You know, we get calls everyday that if you don’t take them,
we’re just gonna kill them, it’s not a thought to them, it’s not a living and breathing soul, it’s just a product to them, it’s no different than a toaster. It’s no different than
throwing out a toaster after it breaks than throwing out a pig and putting a needle in
its neck and killing it. You want the apple so
much, you’re just so happy! And Princess who likes to
make a special appearance in the house once in a
while, she’s a potbelly pig that moves from barn to barn and lives wherever she decides to live. So sometimes she stays in the house, sometimes she stays in her she shed, sometimes she stays
wherever she likes to stay, we accommodate her because
she’s 14 years old. She was locked in a stall for 10 years that was completely
black, no light whatsoever and was just being continuously bred. And so, she’s blind because
the optimal nerves got weak and now she can’t see at
all, she sees some shadows. And so we’re making sure
she lives her best life so we let live where she wants to live. – I know, I know, I know. – Isa’s book really just having her here and letting the world see by her pictures of what these animals can
be and how they should be and how they should live
and how they wanna grow old in quiet and safety just like us. It’s an absolute honor to have her here, it was meant to be and it was meant to be for her to meet Carl and Princess, and Max whose she’s gonna watch grow old. And for people to see, wow, they’re happy, they’re thriving, they do wanna live. – My mom had advanced Alzheimer’s disease, my dad had stage four oral cancer and it was a really intense few years where my sister and I
were just really focused on taking care of them. We reached a point where we realized it wasn’t safe for mom to be at home. There are photographers who’ve created really powerful images about their parents’ declining health. it just didn’t seem like
the right path for me. I knew though that that
was going to somehow emerge in my work, I didn’t know how. There was a turkey named Gandalf who lived at Pasado’s Safe
Haven in Sultan, Washington. Gandalf, when I met him, he was blind and he was rescued from
a cruelty hoarding case and he had a number of health issues, the sanctuary rehabilitated him, but he had lost one of
his eyes and he was blind. And it was a really sweltering
hot day when I met him and turkeys when they’re hot, will open their beaks up to cool off. So the blank stare on Gandalf’s face coupled with his beak being open, it just brought me back to my
mom’s bedside when she was, her final month, she was
completely catatonic. She was just not there. So seeing Gandalf, that was really, I had to leave his enclosure. And that had nothing to do with Gandalf, it had everything to do with my own emotional baggage, I guess. It took several times
of revisiting his yard until I was able to see
Gandalf as an individual and photograph him and
create a portrait of Gandalf. (dog barking) So being at a sanctuary can be an incredibly peaceful experience
and inspiring experience. But when you recognize that these animals are the few lucky ones and you think about the billions of animals
who will never be rescued, it’s really gut-wrenching. – [Man] Put this down
wherever you want it, that’s where we’ll put it. – I like it exactly here. – [Isa] For me, when I
saw the first two lines of that monument, that was really moving. It gets to the question
also of who do we grieve? Who’s worthy of grief? – That’s my dream is there’d
be no need for sanctuaries till I close my doors
tomorrow and let these animals live the rest of their
life and then I walk away, because I’m not needed. Because there’s no animals being abused, no animals being exploited,
no animals being tested on and that will be, that’s my
dream is to be unemployed and not be needed. – And I will be so happy,
happier than I am now. For your brothers and sisters
and family, come here, for your brothers, sisters,
and family, what do you think? What do you think? Did we do good? “This stone honors the billions of lives “that society has forgotten. “Arthur’s Acres will never forget “and never stop fighting
for those lost souls. “Every animal that crosses
these gates will live forever “long after their bodies are gone, “their memories remain,
their love and beauty “will forever be cherished
at Arthur’s Acres. “We honor the life they’re shared “and the bond they’ve made.” Right, buddy? This is for your family. This is for the ones who didn’t make it. We’re trying, buddy, we’re trying. We’re trying. (soft string music)

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Animals are smarter than people. If the only way they can. Not harming anyone because of hate. That guy who take care of the pigs is very cool and compassionate ❤️

  2. As a proud member of PETA (People Eating Tasty Animals), I firmly believe that factory farms, the lack of regulation involving the treatment, and slaughtering is severely lacking.

    This Winter support local farms and/or put wild animals on the table.

  3. First, the baby pIg following everyone around, adorable. The photographer said something I feel whenever I watch a rescue video, that feeing of sadness for the animals who aren’t rescued. Even when it’s a dog rescued from a well, I think of the ones who weren’t rescued. I’ve never eaten meat, that choice was taken from me as a kid. But I’ve never really been angry that I can’t eat meat. I was sad about the trauma that facilitated my inability to eat meat but I never really wished I could eat it. Maybe bc I love animals so much. As I’ve grown up I’ve thought about the morality of eating meat vs the fact humans are natural omnivores. I e tried to be very pragmatic bc I’ve seen how radicalism has pushed ppl away from the conversation. On the other hand if I day in and day out had to see animal torture I’d probably bc wearing a black mask liberating every farm animal I could, setting the labs on fire. Testing on animals is evil. There is no primal food drive there. Especially cosmetics and other products. You can at least make the case that medical testing saves lives. I reject that of course. I won’t get into the ethics of that and go to the practical. Medical testing on animals doesn’t make much sense bc they aren’t humans. There was a study in France where the human trails began after the animal studies went well with no harm to the animals. The humans all became deathly ill. In horrific pain. At least one died. The others traumatized. The drs couldn’t figure out what went wrong since none of that happened with the animals. It’s bc they aren’t human and their bodies don’t react to medication the way humans do.
    There are other ways of getting the data necessary. It’s immoral.
    Food production needs to change. Factory farms cause more co2 and other green house gases then any other sector. Even if you don’t care about animals then hopefully you care about a habitable planet.

  4. I want a small farm, but only to love on all the animals. 🙂 A herd of pygmy goats, a good size group of dairy cows, and llamas.

  5. ok Vegans tell me something, if becoming a vegan/vegetarian state helps our environment, how come Indians are chocking on their own air?

  6. Make no mistake these people believe animals have souls and that we should copy the UK. THE UK CANNOT GROW ALL OF THEIR OWN FOOD! Slaughter the pig for bacon like a real american adult

  7. Let the animals free in the wild instead of keeping them in the farm. oh wait I forgot animals in the wild would kill pigs so quickly their populations would diminish drastically either way it works for me. Release farm animals into the wild and I can go hunting for some free meat.

  8. Treating animals like machines and treating animals like people are two extremes that really disgust me. Life isn't a machine, but all these animals are also not just like people. Eventually you'll realize that we all plants and animals evolved from the same cell and these distinctions that we make for animals that are warm and fuzzy while we have no problems killing trillions of insects, is just based on our own arrogance, hubris, and what we choose to identify with.

  9. I can eat a double bacon cheeseburger with the works and love my friends pet pig at the same time but there needs to he a sence of realism here. There is a demand for meat and there are alot of people asking for it. With demand you need supply and, though not the prettiest or humane, what is set meets it and cant be changed over night. It's sad to say but the system is too streamlined at this point. But the thing that bothers me more is people tent to care more about the animals over their own people

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