VINE Sanctuary offers refuge to animals who have escaped or been rescued from the meat, dairy and egg industries or other hurtful circumstances, such as cockfighting, pigeon racing, vivisection, and zoos. Sanctuary residents include chickens, cows, pigeons, ducks, doves, geese, sheep, peacocks, emus, guineafowl, and one exceptional pig. In addition to sheltering and advocating for animals, we conduct research and education aimed at creating systemic changes in agriculture, trade, and consumption as well as human attitudes about animals and the environment. We work within an ecofeminist understanding of the interconnection of all life and the intersection of all forms of oppression. Thus we welcome and work to facilitate alliances among animal, environmental, and social justice activists. Our sanctuary was the first to figure out how to rehabilitate roosters used in cockfighting and continues to both shelter and advocate for these birds. We were founded and are predominantly staffed by LGBTQ people and have taken a leading role in the effort to understand the connections among speciesism, sexism, and homophobia. Visit our blog to learn more about that aspect of our work: http://blog.bravebirds.org
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