Senia Perez, Animal Caregiver, Farm Sanctuary. Orland, CA.
I grew up in the heart of dairy and factory farming country so I have been literally
surrounded by the murder and exploitation of animals for as long as I can remember.
Because of this, I have volunteered/worked for farm specific animal rights efforts that
fight for farm-animal rights and promotes veganism in a humane and positive way that I
personally believe promotes growth in animal rights awareness.
There are so many special moments that I’ve had while being here but the first that
comes to mind is the time I knew I earned the trust of Hattie goat. From the moment I
saw her I fell in love and made it my goal to earn her trust and give her some hope that
not all humans are bad. Hattie has always been very weary of humans, only to ever
approach us for her daily meals or meds. Since I feed all the animals here I was able to
have some time with her, slowly earning her trust bit by bit with every bowl of mash.
Everyday I’d ask her how her day was going, I’d let her know that she can trust me,
that she is safe and forever will be. Day by day she would let me get closer and closer
with out food in hand. Then one day I got down on my knees, looked into her eyes and
went in for a hug. She allowed me to hold on to her. Needless to say tears of joy
streamed down my face and at that moment I knew she had let me in. I love her and
share her story with whoever will listen and I am honored to be a part of her life.
Farm animal sanctuaries are vital for the future of animal rights. I strongly believe that
by sharing the residents stories and how much they have or haven’t changed helps
people make the connection that the lives of these animals matter. That they are the
few lucky ones who were able to live out their lives in peace, free from abuse and