All across the world from small rural towns to enormous, urban, metropolitan areas.
From high rise apartments to dirt huts... billions of humans awoke on Thursday morning the 15th of April 2010 just like every morning on planet earth and began their day by eating someone's flesh or drinking another species milk.
Imagine however about 60 men and women on this very same morning waking up from a night of sleep, leaving their comfortable homes and driving hundreds of miles-----to rescue and save the lives of former food animals.
This is exactly what the many caring volunteers and committed staff from Animal Acres did as they rescued 150 neglected nearly starving farmed animals from a dilapidated property near San Diego.
The volunteers had to make a “human fence” to herd the animals uphill to the trailers.
The rescue – under the direction of the Shelter Manager, Frank Allen took four days in total.
Over 50 dedicated volunteers showed up for this effort and the rescue would not have been possible without their hard work and commitment.
But with all that said and done it does not seem out of place to also briefly examine what is at work here and to notice the compassion and commitment of people who care and act so much differently than most other humans do.
Most humans ignore altogether the plight of farmed animals in order to have an obstacle or a veil so to speak, remain.
Without an ignorance the complicity in killing would have to be faced head on which would be a far greater challenge than most people are willing to deal with.
Yet there are those people who care enough to find the strength... to do what needs to be done because they have also found a place in their heart to love. To care.
And in their capacity to act on this love and compassion what is given back to the world is multiplied ten fold. For what comes back to the farmed animals here for instance is not merely love and a chance for a new life but also their dignity as living individuals, which, when they were seen only as property, ceased to exist.
For everyone who volunteered, donated money and have gone vegan, you are a sanctuary.