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August Trottings

Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary's Monthly E-Newsletter
Thursday 1st September 2011
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Tale of two lambs...

Zorro is a happy, friendly and trusting little fellow, while Phoebe is frightened, timid and ever aware. Zorro quick to call out and alert us to his feeding needs, Phoebe reserved, shy and unwilling to drink from her bottle. The personalities of these two little lambs are as irreconcilable as their color; Zorro is black and Phoebe white and yet they are perfect for one another. Zorro came to us hours after his traumatic birth, his loving mum never getting to see, touch or caress her baby as a prolapse during birth robbed her of life. Through heart wrenching tears the Good Samaritan who saved Zorro from becoming a forgotten statistic pleaded for Edgar's Mission to complete her mission of mercy.

Phoebe was unceremoniously dropped from the mouth of a large dog as it fled through the yard of the little lamb's saviour. Collapsing through fear and exhaustion, the tiny lamb tugged at the heart strings of yet another Good Samaritan. Tiny spots of blood told the legacy of her ordeal as Phoebe too was brought to the sanctuary of Edgar's Mission.

We were soon to learn that Phoebe's struggle for life had begun long before the dog attack. It struck us as rather odd that this tiny lamb never made a sound and the concept of sucking from a bottle so foreign to her. But soon her actions told us what she could not. Phoebe had long been struggling without a mother, after all what good is a voice if it is never answered and what good is a sucking reflex if there is nothing to suck from. And so, drawing on the knowledge gained from countless other little orphans, Phoebe's nourishment came via a syringe. Phoebe's initial fear reaction of freezing in our arms and locking her jaw slowly melted into relaxation of body and soul until she would initiate contact and look lovingly towards the milk filled syringe and lick her lips. Alas this came none too soon as there were many a midnight feed that saw her caregiver return to bed a milky mess albeit much to the delight of ET and the residing pussy cats!!

But Zorro and Phoebe have more than their own tale to tell, they remind us that when we reach out to animals in need we do much more than help a creature in trouble. Such acts of benevolence are recognition of the commonality we have with animals and our shared emotional worlds. We identify and we empathise, what it would be like in their situation? How would we cope? And more importantly how would we like to be treated? Such events give us the opportunity to evoke one of humanities most noble traits, that of mercy.

Common sense, evolution and science show us that animals think and feel in much the same way we do and this commands our moral attention. I truly believe that it is in the innocence, vulnerability and voicelessness of animals that we can find our measure. We can choose to look the other way and deny that voice inside of us, but to do so diminishes both their life and ours and hardens our hearts to the suffering of others. Each day we learn of some act of violence metered out by a human against another, how have we come to this? The answer is simple, the solution a little more complex. The perpetrator has said 'I don't care how my actions affect others'. A little delving into their background will reveal that at some point they have been taught 'might makes right' through lessons of inverse empathy, aggression and violence.

A simple act of kindness to an animal opens up a whole new dimension of possibilities, a life saved, a world enriched, and we become more connected with everything around us. In a life full of choices, ours are many and animals few. Choosing kindness and compassion, mercy and justice at every turn will propel us more than anything to the most wonderful and liveable of worlds imaginable. Need any prompting? Please come and visit Zorro and Phoebe.

Pam Ahern
Pam Ahern
Founder & Director

 

 

World Animal Day!

World Animal Day 2011 is fast approaching on October 4th. This international celebration gives animal lovers around the globe the chance to do something special to show they care. Organise a library display, volunteer at your local animal shelter or fundraise for your favourite animal charity, with so many fun and easy things to do there is no excuse not to be involved. For more ideas click here

"As the proud Australian Ambassador for World Animal Day, I am once again delighted to be hosting our very special World Animal Day event here at Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary on Sunday, October 2rd" said Pam Ahern, founder of Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary.

World Animal Day is shaping up to be extra special this year at Edgar's Mission. Included in our star studded line up is world renowned and New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Masson, Virginie Bernhard international horse trainer and communicator, Melbourne's own vegan strength crew with be showing the real power of kindness and Mark Doneddu, president of Vegetarian Victoria with be delivering a presentation of the power of your plate. Not to mention farm tours, delicious cruelty free fare, an animal friendly trade village along with fun and games and our very own cow pat throwing contest!! Mark your diary now and don't forget to join our Walk for the Animals!!

Download the flier and Walk for the Animals form here

Please click here for the Facebook event, and invite all of your friends.

 
Be Kind To Animals Week

The count down is on!

Only 30 more sleeps until the start of Be Kind To Animals Week!!

The kindness of one person can make a world of difference in the lives of another. Be Kind To Animals Week gives us a chance to take a step back from our busy lives and think about those that ask nothing of us. During the first week of October (1-7th) we ask you to do something to celebrate your concern for animals worldwide! This could be something as easy as taking your dog for a walk, visiting a nursing home or picking up litter on the beach. You can find other ideas or search for an event near you on our website www.bekindtoanimalsweek.org

Like to be more involved? Why not hold your own event? You can register on our website or email us

Stay in touch with us all year round ‘like’ us here and follow us on Twitter @BKTAW

Be Kind To Animals Week, is a proud initiative of Edgar's Mission


Be Kind to Animals Week Launch at Kindness House


Edgar's Mission proudly presents New York Times Best Selling Author, Jeffrey Masson at the launch of Be Kind To Animals Week 2011!

There will be free nibbles and a film screening of 'The Emotional World of Farm Animals'.

Jeffrey Masson is the author of "The Pig Who Sang to The Moon", "When Elephants Weep", "The Face on Your Plate" and many more. Jeffrey will be doing book signing at the event. If you would like to order your copy before hand please click here.

Please join our Facebook event, and invite all your friends along.


 

New Residents

4 1 2

Welcome to the family

Lord Snowden-white silkie rooster, another day another rooster....will it never end. Please speak out at every chance you, and remind anyone you know who breeds poultry that 50% of the hatchlings will be male, politely ask them what will be their fate? We are pleased to advise that Lord Snowden has found new digs with an Edgar's Mission supporter who just adores this fluffy ball of roosterness!!

Spider Pig-the victim of a vicious dog attack. Dear little Spider Pig was found trembling under some bushes in a backyard. Still in shock she was raced to the vet for live saving treatment and surgery for several large, gaping and bleeding wounds. We are most grateful for the assistance of the Central Highlands Veterinary Clinic (Broadford) for providing immediate and life saving surgery for Spider Pig. Judging by the jaw marks and depth of her wounds Spider Pig's aggressor was one very large dog, we are so pleased he did not complete his mission.

Sox-this beautiful thoroughbred gelding who recently became blind in one eye was facing an uncertain future. At just 15 years young and a onetime beloved companion of sanctuary founder Pam, Sox has been welcomed to Edgar's Mission to spend his days surrounded by peace, green grass and carrots!

Elvis-this tiny little grey kid goat was left for dead stuck in a fence. As he trembled before us, we whispered in his ear that he had nothing to fear and named him Elvis. He now spends his days hanging with his goaty buddies, Joseph and Oakley and he is slowly learning to trust humans.

For more pictures please click here

 
August at a Glance

5th: Croydon West Primary School
8th: Lowther Hall
9th:
Maldon Pre School
11th: Hesket Primary School
14th: Ban Live Export Rally
21st: Noble Park Farmers' Market
26th: Vet Students, Melbourne Uni
27th:
Yarraville Farmers' Market
29th: Sunshine North Primary School


Picture of the Month!

Email Kyle a caption for the image above for your chance to win 2 Edgar's Mission Shopping Bags! Ruby was really interested in what Rory had to say!

Winner announced in September Trottings


Competition Winners

Congratulations to Tarin for the caption 'Our hands might look different, but our suffering is the same' and runner up Tam for 'And who here gives away this trotter?'

Out and about in September

Saturday 3rd
Bundoora Farmers Market
Bundoora Park, Plenty Road
8 am - 1 pm

Sunday 18th
Oscar's Law Rally
Click here for details

Saturday 24th
Willowmead Family Day
Willowmead Nursing Home
70 Kilmore-Lancefield Rd
11am-1pm


Volunteering at EM

Volunteer Days for September - mark in your diary!

Edgar's Mission will be having extra volunteer days in the lead up to World Animal Day. We need as many volunteers as possible, especially the 1st of October to help set up for World Animal Day!

Saturday September 3rd
Sunday Sept 11
Sunday Sept 18
Saturday Sept 24
Friday Sept 30
Saturday Oct 1

Please contact Tash for more information.


Melbourne Marathon

Thank you to Richard Porter who is raising funds for Edgar's Mission by running the Melbourne Marathon! If you would like to support Richard please click here.

Donating to Edgar's Mission

We are tax-deductible!
As of recently, Edgar's Mission became a registered DGR (Charity). This means that any donation over $2 is now tax deductible.

You can donate as a once-off or a regular donation via secure payment site, Our Community (just click the big red button above). If you are not comfortable donating via the web, or do not have a credit card, you can also download the donation form & send by post.

Workplace Giving
Our DGR status also now means that supporters can now make donations as a salary sacrifice to Edgar's Mission. Please see the ATO's web page for more information about how this works.

As always, our sincerest thanks to all of our wonderful supporters. We simply could not do any of what we do without your ongoing help and generosity.

www.EdgarsMission.org.au