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Sanctuary Photo Essay by Tim Rusmisel
Some pigs love to play with soccer balls. Some cows love to play a game
that looks like tag. Some sheep love back massages. Some turkeys love
to fall asleep while having their neck scratched.
These animals share one thing in common. They are all individuals. They are not
unfeeling objects, as the factory farming industry would have you believe. Just
as these animals love to play and enjoy things they also experience boredom,
fear and pain. Please take a moment to look into the eyes of these animals and
reflect on any experience you have had when an animal proved their individuality
and intelligence to you. Any experience you have witnessed was not a fluke. Every
animal has the capacity to enjoy comfort and know happiness. As you look into
their eyes please begin to take steps toward letting go of the idea that certain
animals are here to be our food. Every single animal who died to become food
could have had had favorite things, could have had friends and could have enjoyed
playing in the sun. Instead they suffer. You have a choice. Please go vegan.
Tim Rusmisel is a photographer and political activist living in Southern California.
As an artist, he is committed to using strictly vegan methods, delving into both
current digital technology as well as early 19th century processes. Contact the
artist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rescued from a stockyard “dead” pile
along with his brother, Punky Doodle now gets to run and
jump and play
at Animal Acres farm animal sanctuary in Acton, CA.