Educational Vegan Animal Sanctuary

For: Lotus Animal Sanctuary
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Organizer: Lynn Jolly
Educational Vegan Animal Sanctuary (Lotus Animal Sanctuary)
£50,940
of £200,000 goal.
Raised by 291 donors
25% Complete

The Story

Hello and thanks for stopping by!
The mission of Lotus Animal Sanctuary is to educate people about the animals our society refers to as 'food' animals. To achieve this goal, we are working hard 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 we are 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 the animal themselves, they will try to assist with finding forever homes elsewhere. This is something Lotus has been involved in countless times now. 

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 Lotus, as our current goal will be to save male calves in the spring from being shot. This barbaric treatment comes from males calves being seen as 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 we see this sanctuary as being a safe 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. 100% profits are donated to Lotus. There will ideally be a vegan café too.

The sanctuary will offer work experience and skills 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 the Lotus vision,  we 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 Lotus because – having had significant interaction over the years with cows, pigs, sheep and goats – we have learned that these creatures are no different to the dogs we humans share our homes and lives 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. We 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.

There have been many more since, but they were our first rescues. Please visit www.lotusanimalsanctuary.com for more Info or Facebook @LotusAnimalSanctuary 

This project is NOT about us, it's about the animals. There are a team of people involved in this project so it's very much Team Lotus as opposed to any one person. PLEASE if you have any skills we could use, legal, accountancy, Tshirt/poster design, IT, finance, printing, design...anything really, please get in touch with us at [email protected] 

Thank you

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 December 10, 2017

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Posted on December 10, 2017

Hello everyone, 
Just a quick update. 
Thanks to everyone who got involved in raising the transport money for the 8 cows who we arranged to be moved from Aberdeenshire to Hillside Animal Sanctuary. Together we raised £1200 for their transport and they are now safely in their new forever home at Hillside. We can do amazing things when we work as a team. 
We also helped a little piglet called Francisco; he will arrive at his new forever home next week. 
You can find full stories on all animals at www.facebook.com/LotusAnimalSanctuary

We did a stall yesterday at the Vegan Connections Christmas market - it was Bohemian Hippy stall selling ethically sourced clothing and merchandise - all of which is not-for-profit; 100% profits are donated to Lotus. We were very busy and met so many lovely people. We also did a talk in the afternoon and a lot of good things came from that too. 
If you want to support Lotus via Bohemian Hippy go to www.bohemianhippy.com to check out what we do. 

Thanks again to all our supporters and to everyone who has placed orders, made donations, shared our page and stories on social media, volunteered and supported us in any way - YOU are helping us to help them. 

Peace & love to each and every one of you 

Team Lotus 

Posted on October 4, 2017

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Posted on October 4, 2017

** NEWSFLASH **
On Saturday 30th September The Tartan Carrot, all the below business and the amazing volunteers and attendees raised an amazing £1439.99 for Lotus Animal Sanctuary - this is just fantastic!!
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Liz & John from The Tartan Carrot put in so much time and effort into this event over the past number of months and they truly are 2 of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet!! They are genuine, caring, kind, positive, loving, compassionate and both have a heart of gold! Thank you both from... the heart of the Lotus! 

Thank you so very much to everyone who contributed and of course to those amazing people who supported the animals, sanctuary and the event itself by attending on the day; I am sure everyone had a brilliant time!

Thank you also to everyone who donated prizes to the raffle and to everyone who bought raffle tickets (The Tartan Carrot will notify winners over the next few days) Good Luck! 

A special thanks to:

Jayne at Supernourished Anne at http://amwellbeing.co.uk/index.html Susan at
KCR, Yoga & Massage by Susan, , Suzy at Serene Senses Gill at Gill Collins - Vinyasa Flow Yoga and Carlo at Yoga with Carlo who all donated classes on the day. 

FacePlant Foods , Alan with his new vegan business - The Intrepid Vegan (wishing you lots of luck for an amazing vegan future Alan) Seeds For The Soul, Tini Designs , Galloway Holistic Retreats , Elizabeth Drake, Rebecca Crawford everythingCHILLI , Lesley-Anne and Neil Scott, Emalee Rose, Vikki Logan, Lynsey Hunter 

Thanks to every business who donated prizes for the amazing raffle.
Culzean Castle and Country Park Hendersons Vegan Bute Island Foods Laurianne's Raw Cakes Mother Murphy's White Rabbit Skincare Suma Wholefoods Pana Chocolate humblestuff GreenCity Wholefoods Love Vegan Festival Betterbodies Falkirk Falkirk Brea - Scottish Restaurant McCune Smith Cafe Cool Jerk Vegan Pies Thistly Cross Cider Hanover Healthfoods Heather Walsh Jewellery Green Envy Falkirk COMAR Moo Free Chocolates Serene Senses Bluestone Gift Shops

Well done Scotland and thank you ALL so very very much

http://thetartancarrot.co.uk/lotus-animal-sanctuary-fundraising-total-raised-1439-99


Posted on August 20, 2017

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Posted on August 20, 2017

Hello lovely Lotus supporters, 
We all hope you are having a lovely weekend. 
I just wanted to let you all know that we had put an offer in for land, but unfortunately we were not successful. However, I truly believe that the universe takes care of us, and what is meant to be will be, Obviously this place was not right for Lotus, and the right place will come up soon. It's all about patient acceptance. 

Thanks to people who are still fundraising and volunteering with little jobs etc. 

Don't forget to keep September 30th free for the big Lotus fundraiser at The Old Barn in Glasgow. You can find out more at www.meetup.com/thetartancarrot or on Facebook under Glasgow: Fundraising Event for Lotus Animal Sanctuary. 

Have a great weekend 
Love and peace to each and every one of you

Lynn, Prince, Nipper and team Lotus x

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