Animal Place – Hosting First Annual Farmed Animal Conference

by Heather Kallevig

The planet is populated by 7 billion people.  While that is a large number, it is miniscule compared to the number of animals with whom we share the planet.  The Earth is a wonderful landscape of biodiversity, and it’s our job as the most influential species to ensure that biodiversity is maintained.  Advocacy is raising awareness of the impact we bear on many different groups including endangered species and domesticated animals.  Animal welfare groups are increasing in number and the support they receive from activists and donors is necessary to maintain this growth.

One group of animals who tend to receive the least amount of attention is the group on which we are most dependent – farm animals.  Farm animals meet a variety of human needs including clothing, food, and labor – not to mention companionship.  The number of animals used in agriculture is shocking.  The population of cows in the US offers some perspective.  According to the National Cattlemen’s Association, in 2014 there were 89.9 million cows in the US alone!  Because of our dependence it is disheartening we take these animals for granted and know so little about the intelligence, emotions, and capabilities of farm animals.

Animal Place in Grass Valley, CA works to raise awareness and advocate for health and wellness of farm animals including cows, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, and pigs (to name a few).  This great organization offers opportunities for people all over the world to learn more about the animals we depend on and to help improve their situation.  While their work is year round, they will be having an event to take note of this summer.

On June 5-7, 2015, the organization will be hosting the first annual ANIMAL PLACE FARMED ANIMAL CONFERENCE.  Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the facility, spend time with the animals, participate in interactive workshops, and listen to engaging speakers.  The whole purpose is to discover more about farm animals and learn how to become stronger advocates for this wonderful group of animals. 

If you’re in the California area this summer, make time to travel to Grass Valley, one of the most beautiful regions in the state, and take part in this great new event.  If you are unable to attend, visit the organization’s website, and consider stopping by the facility at another time.  You can also offer your support by donating or fostering an animal.

Make the future brighter for this important group of beings.

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