Eating animals while claiming to love them is a contradiction in terms, yet it’s how our country operates. Every year, we spend $60 billion coddling our companion animals, while simultaneously killing 10 billion+ farm animals for food.
And while it’s one thing for the general public to love fried chicken, it’s another for a bird rescuer to be gnawing on a drumstick.
Sadly, lots of rescue groups and shelters still haven’t made the connection between pets and other non-human animals. But thanks to Animal Place, the numbers of vegan sanctuaries and rescues is rapidly increasing.
The California-based sanctuary launched the Food for Thought campaign back in 2013, and its goal is to help animal-focused organizations adopt animal-friendly menu policies for their various events.
“Launching Food for Thought has been a long-time vision of our executive director, Kim Sturla. Twenty-five years ago, a piglet named Zelda inspired Kim to co-found our wonderful sanctuary,” explains Carolyn Mullin of Food for Thought.
“At that time, Kim worked as the director of a humane society when she first encountered Zelda. The staff at the humane society eagerly looked for a wonderful home for Zelda at the same time they munched on ham sandwiches. That lack of a connection between saving animals and serving them on a plate inspired Kim to work on farmed animal issues.”
The campaign is endorsed by more than 100 shelters and organizations, and has actually convinced more than a few to change their ways, including, according to Mullin:
- “East Bay SPCA, adopted a veg policy for all three locations following a meeting with Animal Place
- St. Martin’s Animal Rescue (Oregon) has adopted a vegan menu policy after having no policy.
- Second Chance Animal Welfare Center (Vermont) has adopted a vegan menu policy after having no policy.
- Animal Rescue, Inc. (Maryland) adopted a formal vegan policy, after not having one in place.
- The Humane Society of Silicon Valley (Bay Area, California) has improved their policy so that all vegetarian meals at their annual Gala are in fact vegan.
- Virginia Federation of Humane Societies adopted a policy that calls for animal-friendly options ‘with the goal of moving to a plant-based menu.’ This federation has (62) active organizational members.
And we’re actively in communication with several dozen other shelters who are considering improving their offerings,” she adds.
They’re also working to have three regional coordinators in various parts of the U.S. to work more closely with shelters in these areas — and Canada, too.
Because those of us who love animals the most definitely shouldn’t eat them.
You can learn more about the Food for Thought campaign on its website.