Pig Path Work Party
This was by far one of my more favorite work parties to date. Not only did I get some time with my little man on a father son day, but he helped out all day and we did some real long term good for the sanctuary. Today we helped construct a Pig Path, which was very kindly recommended by Mike and put into motion by John. Big thanks to Casey for coming out Friday night to help John get some of the beams set along the fence line, would have been a different day had that not happened, but it all turned out perfect.
The Pig Path was put in to make a more manageable, cleaner and safer pathway for the pigs to move around. The path was constructed to withstand the weight of the pigs, which an average weight of a full grown pig can be between 500-700 lbs. Did you know that the average farmed pig that is needlessly slaughtered lives only 3-5 years, that is 1/4 to 1/3 of their natural lifespan (See unnatural life span, the numbers are astonishing and sad). Here at the sanctuary they get the opportunity to live their lives in peace and without harm. This path will ensure they have a better life here at the sanctuary and make life easier.
Below are some shots through out the day as we framed in the structure, laid the fabric, put in gravel, compacted, set the grid panels, and more gravel. There were lot’s of us working and hard at it all morning, this could not have been possible without the wonderful volunteers that Out To Pasture Sanctuary has come out. What an amazing group of individuals and so helpful – it is thanks to them that all of this was possible. If you are reading this and find you want to help, you want to make a difference – you know you don’t have to go to a work party or a sanctuary to make the biggest difference. The biggest difference you can make is helping to make places like this unnecessary – you can move towards a compassionate plant based life. In doing so you save lives, dramatically decrease the environmental impact due to animal agriculture, begin to live healthier yourself, and generally make the world a better place for you and generations to follow. If you do get to visit a sanctuary then take a moment to look into their eyes, see the person inside and then think about what your choices in life do to thousands of other sweet loving beings like them. You have the power to change that, you have the potential to save lives and make the world healthier, take that moment to do something meaningful. Here are some resources to get you started:
Watch Cowspiracy, it is available on Netflix.
What to do next? Adopt a Plant based life, start here – Vegan starter kit