Educational Vegan Animal Sanctuary

For: Animal Sanctuary
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Organizer: Lynn Jolly
£5,537
of £200,000 goal.
Raised by 159 donors
2% Complete
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The Story

My name is Lynn and I am a vegan/animal rights activist. My mission in life is to educate people about the animals our society refers to as 'food' animals. To achieve this goal, I am working to set up a vegan sanctuary: a go-to place for people to contact when they know of an animal in need of safe shelter. For such an ambitious project, sufficient funding must be raised urgently which is why I'm appealing to you here.

You might be wondering what sets a vegan sanctuary apart from a non-vegan sanctuary. In short, non-vegan sanctuaries are more specific about the animals they take in. They do not believe in rescuing animals from slaughter - their protocol is only to rescue animals who they consider to have been abused. A vegan sanctuary, on the other hand, will attempt to save all animals unconditionally. If they are unable to take them themselves, they will try to assist with finding forever homes elsewhere.

Having ex-'food' animals in a sanctuary where people are able to visit and interact with them is hugely important in encouraging the public to see them for the sentient, emotional creatures that they are. As people rarely have immediate contact with cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, and turkeys (in the way they do with cats and dogs) there is often no connection made between the animals and the meat purchased in supermarkets. Providing a platform for this kind of interaction will help adults and children to understand that these animals are just the same as the ones we share our homes with – with an equivalent capacity to give and receive love; to form friendships with other animals and humans; to play; and to feel and experience the same wide range of emotions as we do ourselves.

Now, this mission is of particular importance to me at the moment, as my current goal is to save 1-2 day old calves from being shot. This barbaric treatment comes from males calves being seen as being surplus to requirements in the dairy industry. As a result, they are most often killed immediately after being taken from their mothers; if not, they're slaughtered for veal at around 18-20 weeks old. It is imperative that these calves be taken to a fully vegan sanctuary, which will provide the care they do deserve.

Not only do I see this sanctuary as being a haven for animals, it will be a sanctuary for humans too. There will be facilities offering holistic therapies, stress management, meditation and relaxation, with a view to providing yoga and counselling too. There will also be a shop selling animal rights/vegan merchandise (which is currently sold at www.bohemianhippy.com to raise money for the sanctuary. There will ideally be a vegan café too.

The sanctuary will offer jobs to volunteers; aim to work hand-in-hand with the job centre to provide employment opportunities; and secure placements for people referred from psychological services, social work, and children's homes.

So, to summarise my aim, I want to use the money raised here to fund an educational sanctuary in central Scotland. The sanctuary will be fully vegan and will be a safe haven for all animals living there. It will operate as a space in which to enlighten children, young people, and adults about these animals, alongside providing cohesive and important information about animal rights, the huge impact animal agriculture has on our environment and global warming, and about leading a compassionate and cruelty-free lifestyle. This venture means so much to me because – having had significant interaction over the years with cows, pigs, sheep and goats – I've learned that these creatures are no different to the dogs I've shared my life with. Ultimately, everything comes down to perception – and this sanctuary will exist to challenge and rebuild the way we've been conditioned to view animals. I want to remind people of the beautiful beings these creatures are. The sanctuary will not only cater for visitors, but will provide a webcam to live stream what the animals are up to so you can observe from the comfort of your home! We will also invite in groups to give talks (which will be available online); hold screenings of documentaries such as Cowspiracy, Earthlings, and Forks over Knives; and use iAnimal headset to really allow people to view the lives of animals within a slaughterhouse. These events will highlight the stark contrast between sanctuaries and abattoirs and emphasise the real importance of saving 'food' animals.

All support is very much appreciated – please help us spread the word to turn our vision into a reality!

PRINCE’S STORY

In Autumn 2016, I saved the two-year-old son of a dairy cow from slaughter. When he was born, he was taken from his mother and denied the milk her body had produced for him – simply so that the milk could be reserved for human consumption. I named this bullock, Prince; he now lives safely in a sanctuary near the Scottish Borders. 

BERRY AND BRAMBLE’S STORY

Between Christmas and New Year, I also helped to rescue two Highland cattle from slaughter. Their names are Berry and Bramble: a 19-year-old mother and her two-year-old son. Just as they were about to enter the food chain, I was contacted to ask if I could help them. I managed to find them a sanctuary, organised transport, and made the 15 hour round-trip with the transporters to rescue the cows and accompany them to their safe home in Dunbartonshire.

Disclaimer: If the target amount is not reached, the money collected will be used to make an educational documentary about the lives of these types of animals. Anything left over will be split between UK vegan animal sanctuaries. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 2, 2017

Posted on May 2, 2017

Hello everyone
I apologise for the lack of updates recently, but I have been so incredibly busy with so many different aspects of animal work; I am involved in so many areas of work, and it literally runs away with every bit of spare time I have!
Anyway, here I am now.
I want to say thank you to all the amazing people who have been fundraising this past week or so for Lotus; Carlo Ferroni, Laura Esdale, Karen McDonald along with all their helpers of course!
Liz & John from Tartan Carrot have also just announced to you all about our big mystery donation of just under £39,000, and the day they did the interview with me, they also announced to me their plans for a huge fundraising event day on September 30th at the Yoga Barn - check www.thetartancarrot.co.uk for details.
There are so many great things going on just now for Lotus, it truly warms my heart to know there are such kind hearted people out there who want this sanctuary in central Scotland just as much as we do!

Please if YOU want to become involved and/or have any great ideas, please please get in touch. You can message us via Facebook.com/LotusAnimalSanctuary

A massive thanks to everyone for all your help and support

Lynn, Nipper, Prince & the animals x

Posted on April 4, 2017

Posted on April 4, 2017

Good afternoon to all the lovely Lotus supporters :-)
I wanted to tell you that our beautiful new website has been launched and looks stunning! http://lotusanimalsanctuary.com/
Massive thank you to the team who put it together with love, care and compassion, and they did it all free of charge! So very kind of each of them! 
Penny & Martin Winter @ www.banjodesign.co.uk - help from Thea Schultheiss, Imogen Stirling & Laura Elizabeth Tomlinson! 

If you want to support us, please share it on your social media.

Have a beautiful day
Peace
Lynn, Nipper, Prince and the animals x

Posted on March 26, 2017

Posted on March 26, 2017

Team Lotus
Would you like to be part of the team of people to help set up Lotus Animal Sanctuary?
We are currently looking for a financial/business advisor & legal advisor.

We also really need a fundraising team of people who will organise and run fundraising events.

If you're interested please PM us or email [email protected]

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