Dean Adickes, Project Assistant at Farm Sanctuary. Urbana, IL.
A few of the things that motivate me to work at Farm Sanctuary are being able to spend time with all of our amazing animals. You get to know them in ways I would not have expected. Knowing that everything I do when I go into work helps these animals live a long and happy life is also a great benefit of working here.
People should be able to get to know farm animals because they never see how they have their own personalities just like our typical pets do. All of the animals that I work with have so much emotion and each have things they personally like or dislike. If the public could see how friendly all of the animals they think of as food are, I think a large portion of those people would start choosing compassion over going with the flow of what they were taught growing up.
There are countless memories that all of the animals have given me, but the most memorable moment was the first time I came out to the farm in Orland. The parking area is right by the Duck and Goose Barn and as I pulled up I saw a very friendly duck, wagging his tail and making his duck noises. Needless to say I essentially fell in love with him right there. Later I found out that Pip, the duck I met through the fence, had been a project of an online website to show what hatching and raising a duckling would be like. After a certain amount of time though, they realized they couldn't take care of him properly and reached out to Farm Sanctuary for a permanent home for him. Because of the way he was born he has always liked being around humans, and everyone I ask always say that they like being around Pip just as much as he enjoys being around us.
An easy step to making the world a more compassionate place for all animals would be to at least go vegetarian, but going all out vegan wouldn't hurt anyone, human or animal, either.