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“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.” – Alice Walker
On the day Alice came into our lives, something happened, something that would change everything for Alice. Alice was a one time factory farmed sow, having only ever known the confinement of a sow stall and farrowing crate and having endured forced pregnancy after forced pregnancy, she finally got lucky. She passed away under a blue sky, surrounded by humans and animals who loved her on February 28th, 2012 and this is her story story.
Once upon a time, a pregnant pig felt her piglets would be coming soon and she wanted desperately to make a big, protective nest for them. But there was nothing to build with and aside from that she could barely move, she was held in place by a metal cage and unable to shift any further than one step forward or back. Instead, all she could do was bite on the restrictive bars in frustration and then, when the time came, give birth on the hard barren floor. Continue reading
You might not be able to fight city hall but a baby deer can triumph in the Supreme Court! And today, just that happened. Only hours ago, justice finally prevailed for Rudolph, a young sambar deer who was rescued by Andrew Foots of Mansfield. But it has taken more than two long months for common sense and kindness to win out. Late last year, and only days after Andrew had saved Rudolph from the forest, he was seized by gaming officers and the distraught Foots family was advised the deer would be killed. Not wishing a death sentence for the hapless doe-eyed baby, the Foots family set about saving their beloved friend. In contacting Edgar’s Mission, a chain of events was set in motion that saw the cost-neutral offer of lifelong sanctuary for Rudolph at Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary, run by 2004 Senior Australian of the Year Tehree Gordon, repeatedly denied. It seemed not even an official pardon by Premier Daniel Andrews was going to save poor Rudolph. Instead, not only did the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) officers waste significant taxpayer dollars and the time and energy of many, but poor Rudolph has been deprived of critical bonding time with the people with whom he will spend the rest of his life. Continue reading
Last Saturday, February 20th, was World Day of Social Justice. It was also the day that committed citizens gathered in the Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne, championing justice for pigs. Melbourne Pig Save rallies commenced in 2012 with the stated aim of informing the public about the plight of pigs in our food production system. And they have grown from strength to strength as more and more people are choosing to stand on the right side of history. If you missed Edgar’s Mission, Founder and Director, Pam Ahern’s speech at Saturday’s rally you can catch it here.
Something is happening. Great minds are coming together in ever-increasing numbers and a groundswell is slowly but surely edging further into the social conscious. Never before has such mainstream narrative discussed and tussled with the rights and wrongs of our treatment of farmed animals. Never before have so many so loudly spoken out to stand with animals, and never before has the eye of scrutiny peered so severely at those who seek to push back against the wave of compassion. But the battle is far from over.
Gandhi once said: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Yes, caring for the most vulnerable and showing kindness where once there was harm and ambivalence is selfless and just. But when thinking about Australia, we have to ask which animals? And with so much secrecy around the precise form and extent of animal cruelty, how can it be a true marker of society’s progress? Continue reading
The woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) trekked the earth during the Pleistocene era, each thunderous footfall deafening those around them and sending fear into the hearts of many. Today its closest living relative is the Asian elephant, or so we thought until we recently spied four decidedly large and mammoth-like sheep, sans tusks, weaving across not the bitter Arctic tundra but a heavily wooded area of the Macedon Ranges. As their overgrown coats slowly rose and majestically fell almost in slow motion with each arduous stride they took, we quickly realised that their main predator was no fabled sabre-toothed tiger but the very fleece that engulfed them. Sheep of today, unlike the long-gone woolly mammoth, most certainly need regular human contact for survival; shearing, hoof trimming, drenching and vaccinations are right up there with the Good Shepherd. And whilst it was no 8,000kg burden we removed from their backs, it was indeed a much-welcomed relief for the three black Suffolk ewes and their male buddy as they were shorn. Continue reading
It’s a question we are asking our little buddy at each and every opportunity these days. You see, Charlie Brown’s surgery, which was scheduled for Monday, has been postponed until early next month due to his surgeon having to head overseas. In the meantime, your good wishes, our tender loving care and the company of Posy and Primrose are helping him bide his time.
For those unfamiliar with little Charlie Brown’s plight, the plucky male Dorper lamb was attacked by a large dog some time before being surrendered into our care. Seizing the tiny lamb with his teeth, the dog bore down violently and shook the terrified creature, not only puncturing holes in Charlie Brown’s delicate face and neck but crushing and damaging several of his vertebrae—a most awkward twist in the wee lamb’s neck the legacy. Ironically, this crushing blow to Charlie Brown has actually spared him his life because all his flock mates have since been killed, although not by the dog but by humans…
Today, Wednesday 17th of February, we celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day!
Each and every day here at Edgar’s Mission we celebrate the kindness of others, be they strangers, family, friends and everyone else in between. Searching back through the many chapters of random acts of kindness we have received in the past, we settle upon February 14th, 2014. On this day whilst fuelling up at a petrol station we were approached by a very tall gentlemen who asked, “Are you Edgar’s Mission?” Fearing the worst, we replied “Yes.” At this point the man reached into his pocket and whisked out a $50 note, offering the words, “Hey, you guys are great! Please keep up the amazing work!” What a legend!
To innovate means to change something which is already established, to come up with new ideas and ways of doing things. Once upon a time, communication only took place face to face, travel was by foot and bed rest was the remedy for all ailments. In Australia, centuries of innovations shared the world over have enhanced our lives far beyond the realm of any one person’s imagination.
Together, humankind has built the most amazing infrastructure and social systems to protect its citizens, especially the most vulnerable. Ambulances, hospitals, prosthetic limbs, spectacles and wheelchairs all transpired to give people the best chance at life, and an enhanced life worth living at that. Get to know some of our residents who are pushing the boundaries of innovation. Continue reading
Sometimes, when you meet someone, you just click. Love, friendship and bonds that last a lifetime aren’t formed on a whim, soul mates warm together like two magnets pulled by an invisible force. We meet new face after new face, sometimes we want to nurture a budding companionship, other times we just want to back away slowly.
Farmed animals share our desires to have someone by their side. Many of Edgar’s Mission’s residents have found their special somebody, here are a few of their stories. Continue reading
Sometimes we just want to scream at the top of our lungs, “How could you?” as we try and fathom how any human being could allow a creature to fall into such dire straits as Posy. When we first laid eyes on the young ewe, our thoughts were that we were too late. Inching closer, the smell of rotting flesh and maggots hit our nostrils while the sight of her stiffened legs and bloated belly said rigor mortis had taken hold, and our hearts sank. Then, “Did you see that?”, “See what?”, “Her leg moved”, “Are you sure?” We picked up both speed and hope and raced even faster to where she lay.
Shining the kindest light on two most dishevelled alpacas has unearthed one of the most dramatic makeovers not-for-profit animal sanctuary, Edgar’s Mission, has ever seen. Director Pam Ahern explains: “I was shocked beyond belief when I first saw the girls, although I couldn’t even determine what gender they were because of the overgrown fleece that burdened them. Not only was their matted fleece covered in sticks, twigs and leaves, but several pieces of barbed wire had become entangled as well.”
On this day, the 9th of February 2012, a frightened little goat ran for her life. Dodging fast moving cars and anyone who threatened to catch her, this spritely young kid bounded left and right – and straight into the hearts of millions. Dubbed “Houdini, the runaway goat” by media outlets around the globe, her plucky resolve ensured many came to see that animals cherish their lives in just the same way we do ours.
Welcoming her into our fold we christened her Calamity Jane. Whilst initially fearful of our advances she now knows they come wrapped in both kindness and Weet-Bix, and so she is on the run no more.
7 years ago today Bambi arrived at Edgar’s Mission!
Check out this cute little clip of Bambi bouncing around his paddock <3
Just arrived at our sanctuary is Charlie Brown, a young Dorper lamb, the victim of a recent dog attack. With large wounds in his face and body, and a terribly twisted neck, our veterinary team is swinging into gear to help this little chap because we think his life is worth much more than peanuts.
Grab your drink, make way to your seat and sit tight, a visually stunning spectacular is about to commence. The curtains rise and there rests Ballet Bob, a poised and graceful pig wallowing in mud. Some might say a pig just plain being a pig (aside from the occasional dress ups!) is not as magnificent as a real ballet dancer, but we think there’s nothing quite as beautiful as a porcine prince or princess living the rich life they so rightly deserve – mud-laden, free and happy.
It’s Ballet Day, Ballet Bob wants you to get your tutus and tiaras at the ready! Continue reading
Deadline 5.00pm, Friday February 5th, 2016
Pigs need your voice now as a development proposal for a large scale intensive piggery has been received by the Harden Shire in NSW. The applicant is Blantyre Farms P/L and this proposed development would house around 25,000 pigs across two sites. The breeder site having 5 sheds for the breeding stock. Here the sows would be artificially inseminated, housed for the duration of their pregnancy and birth of their piglets. The piglets would be weaned at approximately 24 days old and then moved to the grower site. Some of the female piglets (gilts) would be selected at weaning and retained at this site until maturity and then mated to become part of the breeding stock. Continue reading
Dedi got the ball rolling in ancient Egypt in 2700 BC as one of the first recorded magicians, then in 50–300 AD groups of magicians known as Acetabularii performed tricks using cups and balls in ancient Rome. More recently, in 1983, David Seth Kotkin (better known as David Copperfield) made the Statue of Liberty “disappear” in front of a live audience on Liberty Island. In that same year, Dutch magician Richard Ross mystified the world with his flawless linking rings trick. At the heart of these seemingly magical manoeuvres is art of misdirection or sleight of hand. Illusionists throughout the ages have employed it to gain fame, fortune and more recently increased sales of lamb on Australia Day. Continue reading
Every month we’ll shine the spotlight on a family who have chosen to bring new faces into their homes and hearts and adopt one or a few rescued animals.
It always warms our hearts to hear how our former residents are settling in to their new abodes and causing their new families to wonder just how life existed before they shared their world with a farm animal. If you’ve never had the honour of spending time with a barnyard friend, you may be surprised by the love, friendship and fun they add to your life. Continue reading