Not of our two latest arrivals but of the terrible and largely hidden plight their kind, the suburban rooster, faces. You see Cluck Norris and Squawker Texas Rooster may look like the kind of folk you don’t want to mess with but deep down inside they are just two young boys, trying to find their way in the world and looking for a place to call home. Winding up in an outer suburbs council pound recently were the duo, down on their luck and with a future that looked bleak at best. But the determination of one person to ensure their safety and the kindness of a worker on the last line of defence for these dear creatures means that their stories will now continue for some time to come. Continue reading
Wow, what a day it’s been, I just have to tell you all about it! As always, I woke up super dooper early today, us chickens always do because our rooster buddies are all pretty good at telling us when it’s time to stop snoozing. There are no Sunday morning sleep ins around here! Anyway, I had another pretty good reason for being up so early because last night, my human friends put my special travelling crate and all of my toys out in front of my night shelter, which is a sure sign that I get to have adventures as an Ambassador chicken the next day. So, this morning, as soon the gate to our night shelter was opened, I ran into my travelling crate and was soon on the road in our Kindness Van! Continue reading
Her name should be lucky, but that would be too obvious. Maybe it should be sooty because that was what she was covered in, but the soot is now all gone. Perhaps Bakers Delight would be appropriate because she was found in a bakery. But no, this little kitty is so named after the determined young employee who could no longer bear to hear the pitiful cries of the tiny kitten who had become wedged in an old chimney of a disused oven in a local bakery. With the feeble mews of the tiny feline first being heard on Monday fears were rising her safety. Calls to the fire department set of a change of phone roulette until the Good Samaritan googled animal rescue. Continue reading
Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy laws of nature and refuse thy gender…
While it may not quite be the Shakespearean tale of two star- crossed lovers, this too is a tragic tale. And it is not Juliet our dear Romeo desperately longs for but a loving guardian and a safe forever home. You see, recently arrived Romeo and his pals Mercutio and Benvolio are young roosters; the by-products of an ‘educational’ activity known as the school Chicken Hatching Project. And while we are sure Romeo’s previous carers are too questioning ‘Why must he be Romeo?’, sadly for the trio, it is not in their power to deny the laws of nature that dictate around 50% of their kind will be born male. Sadder still is the fact that their gender alone is often enough reason for their lives to be ended all too soon. While we have grave concerns regarding the animal welfare outcomes of chicken hatching projects, even graver are our concerns for the messages these projects send to impressionable young minds. And while many of us may not understand why the Montagues and Capulets continued to feud over a difference in name, we here at Edgar’s Mission cannot understand how a difference in species allows these creatures to be treated as mere teaching objects with no regard given to if, or indeed, how they will live out the remainder of their lives. Continue reading
‘Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see’. – Mark Twain
Our passage through life is lined with the experiences we have with others and the opportunities they present; opportunities to evoke the most noble of human qualities – that of kindness. Through the lens of kindness we can see true beauty, and it is through this that I welcome you to ‘A Collection of Kindness’. Please note this is a work in progress and an ongoing legacy to my love of, and work for Edgar’s Mission and the incredible animals and people I am fortunate to meet. Enjoy! – Kyle
It was over 10,000 years ago that mankind first began to domesticate the Wild Mouflon of Europe and Asia- a process that was to eventually create today’s modern breeds of sheep and would irrevocably change the course of history for both species. And it was over 100 years ago that renowned Australian poet and journalist, Banjo Paterson told the tale of the swagman and the jumbuck, which was to become enshrined in our country’s history; proudly seen by some as our unofficial national anthem. And although this particular tale was not one of joy for the swagman nor the jumbuck, it was again indicative of just how intertwined the lives of these two species has been throughout time. Continue reading
As we wrote Limbo’s journal entry on Thursday night, ‘Doing well, eating and drinking well, responding to physio, brightest he has been,’ the last thing we considered was the outcome we are reporting to you now. Over the last 24 hours, secondary complications set in and we knew we faced a critical time but nothing prepared us to bid farewell to our little buddy in the early hoursof this morning. We so desperately wanted to see him live out the life we had promised him. Our hearts ached to one day see the precocious little boy tagging along with Penny and Rosie, for him to experience adventures through fields and to receive pats and cuddles from his many well-wishers. Continue reading
“The best portion of a good man’s life: his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.” – William Wordsworth
Today’s update on Limbo comes with a celebration of kindness. While our little buddy has endured more hardship than any creature ever should, his suffering has not been in vain, for his story continues to touch the hearts and minds of people around the globe as their kind thoughts will him to pull through. And we are pleased to report that Limbo is giving us every indication he knows just how many kind souls are behind him in this, his ultimate battle. Continue reading
Have you ever thought about what it means to be Australian? As someone who was born and raised in this country, it is has pretty much been something I have never really considered all too much. Until recently. Having no desire to travel and never having left our shores, my yardstick for comparison is slim. But sitting in the audience at the recent 2014 Australian of the Year (Victoria) Awards, named as one of four finalists in the local hero category, I had plenty of opportunity to think about this simple yet fundamental question: what does it mean to be Australian? From hearing the diverse stories of all the nominees I was incredibly moved by the depth and breadth of compassion and also the steely determination that saw many emerge from disadvantaged and even traumatic childhoods to show, without bitterness or anger, both wisdom and vision and a careful dose of ingenuity, an unyielding resolve to make the world a better place. Continue reading
When one thinks of factory farmed animals we tend to think of the terrible lives imposed upon gentle chickens and inquisitive pigs but did you know that your coffee has the potential to impact cruelly on the lives of animals? Read on to find out how… Continue reading
Making the world a kinder place has become a mission of mercy for several intrepid year 11 students of Wesley College Melbourne. Having recently learned of the plight of farm pigs and the work of Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary, 18 year old Liam Smith together with several of his friends got together to raise much needed funds. And in the course of action for animals invited Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director Pam and legal counsel for Animals Australia Shatha Hamade to address the Year 11 assembly recently. If you would like to throw your support behind Liam and his buddies to reach their target goal of $3,000.00 you can donate here.
Whilst we still do not know which path Limbo will take, we pray his future will be here on this earth with us and that we will have the opportunity to fulfil all the promises we have made to him during the many hours spent tending to his every need. That he has only been in our lives for less than 4 days does nothing to diminish the love we have in our hearts for him. Inspired by his tenacity to hang in there, humbled by his courage and shamed by his incredible forgiveness of our species; there can be no doubt Limbo has already changed our lives irrevocably. Growing stronger each day and with more mobility in his limbs, we are encouraged to continue our physiotherapy, along with our ‘round the clock vigil to feed, water and toilet a dear little sheep who has done nothing to deserve the legal abuse that has been afforded to him. Continue reading
And what a day it was!! Delighting and inspiring the school children of Geelong Baptist College recently were Polly Pig, Cappuccino Kid Goat, Timmy Sheep and Little Miss Sunshine Chicken. Together with their human companions, a fun and thought provoking session of our ‘Joining the dots’ humane education program was delivered to both senior and junior students. To see more pictures please click here.
Our sincere thanks for all of your well wishes and kind thoughts for dear Limbo- animals indeed bring out the best in we humans. Yet sadly, due to their voicelessness, we also witness and they so often endure, the very worst.
Although it is through blood shot eyes that we see before us a critically ill young sheep, he is the most comfortable and stable he has been since arrival. Under constant veterinary supervision, Limbo remains in our intensive care ward with around the clock monitoring and he remains resilient throughout; ever determined to live despite the terrible lot that has been afforded him. He is eating and drinking on his own and with his little rumen constantly kicking over; we have just reason for hope. Little Limbo is enjoying the variety of grasses we present to him, letting us know which ones he prefers and he is welcoming of the soothing caress our gentle hands deliver. And rest assured, with the incredible trust this prey animal in placing in us, we will do our darnedest to prove to him that it is not misplaced. Continue reading
Reading, writing and a ruminant!! That was the order of the day for the prep students at Kismet Park Primary School today. And learning the importance of kindness for all animals was the very special message delivered. Ably assisted by the adorable and cheeky Cappuccino kid goat who quickly determined schools books taste great and the clever little Miss Sunshine chicken who achieved 100% accuracy in her exams! To see more pictures please click here.
Limbo’s life still hangs in the balance. While he has made it through the night, and his temperature has gone down a little he is drinking and eating on his own but nowhere out of the woods. With consultations ongoing throughout the night with our dedicated veterinary team Limbo is now heading over for a more thorough examination to determine the best course of action from here. We thank you all for keeping him in your thoughts throughout the night.
Critically ill is our new friend Limbo, a young merino lamb. Presenting with rigid limbs and a raging fever our fears are grave and most certainly not allayed by the sight of haphazardly placed mulesing clips that have caused a massive wound on his tail stump. We shake our heads in shame that our species could be so callous to one so young and innocent. Pain relief administered, sub-cutaneous fluids given along with medication. It’s going to be a long night…
Is Caring for Animals Still a Radical Pursuit? Continue reading
It was almost 18 months ago when he first arrived through our sanctuary gates; the small waiflike young wether, who had been left for dead in a ditch amongst the lifeless bodies of his companions. A council worker on the roadside had stumbled upon the grisly scene and after a moment of hope in which he thought he saw one of the bodies move, reality soon set in as he accepted that this was not a scene from which redemption would prevail. As the worker’s heart fell and, deflated, he prepared to leave, an ever- so faint, “Baa,” carried through the breeze and caused him to stop and take a second look. And there, among the motionless mound lay a sight that would stir his soul- a young sheep who was to be named Melvin, so malnourished and dehydrated, the only movement he could muster was to slightly lift his head. “I couldn’t leave the little blighter there could I?” Melvin’s saviour was later to tell us but he did more than just care. The worker bundled Melvin up and took him home where he and his family nursed their fragile patient through his ailments, offering physiotherapy, nourishing him through a glucose- filled syringe and the manual feeding of grass and then fashioning a sling that taught Melvin to walk again. They lavished love and kindness upon him and eventually, Melvin began to respond. He became a member of the family, loved by all and affectionately known as, “Matey”. But it soon became clear that theirs was not a yard suited to a sheep and that, with their heroic efforts a success, a new home was required for their much- loved new friend. But what kind of place would provide lifelong love and care to a sheep who had braved the ultimate battle? Continue reading
Once again Edgar’s Mission was proud to bring our ‘Joining the dots’ humane education program to the animal studies students of Box Hill TAFE. Continue reading
He’ll never win a Melbourne Cup nor even greet the judge at a Bush Picnic Meeting, but our Samson is a true winner in our eyes. On the 4th of November 2010 Samson came into our lives, a scared little chestnut colt barely 3weeks old yet he had already endured the saddest of separations. Deemed a worthless and inconvenient by-product and forcibly taken from his mother so she could raise a more fashionably bred thoroughbred, his lot was indeed bitter sweet. Whilst he will never again see the gentle mare who gave him life nor feel her sweet breathe blow through his mane his world is full of humans who care about and love him, working each day to ensure he has a life worth living. And with no use by date set, unlike the hapless foal his mother would raise Samson can look forward to a long and happy life, free to gallop as slow as his heart desires across the fields of Edgar’s Mission and that is something on which you can bet.
My heartfelt thanks go to all those who shared kind words of support as a result of my nomination for the Australian of the Year Awards 2014, Local Hero category. Whilst I did not win the ultimate award, last night I was greatly humbled tobe one of the four finalists in our state. And I take absolute comfort in knowing that with the many noteworthy pursuits recognised, championing the cause of animals is now seen as noble and good and, moreover, something that is inspirational for all Australians to follow. My thanks to you all indeed.