The image of the idyllic farm setting, inhabited by cheerful farm animals, is sadly not the reality in many cases. In truth, horrific factory farms – where mass production of animal products necessitates rampant cruelty – haunts our food industry.
Even those of us who consume meat, eggs and dairy would not object to more ethical methods of procuring them, even if it put a slight dent in production? Yet many factory farms continue to get away with barbaric practices, as they implement them in darkened slaughter houses, concealed from public view.
Farm Sanctuary SA has taken it upon itself to rescue animals from the cruelty of these factory farms, and place them in a safe sanctuary that resembles the Utopian farm settings we read about in children’s novels. At the same time, its members take the fight to factory farms by raising public awareness of the callous methods employed in order to positively inspire consumers to make kinder choices.
Meet the locals
Farm Sanctuary SA’s host of happy denizens includes some very interesting characters:
“When pigs fly,” the old saying goes. But what about when pigs paint? Pigcasso is the world’s only painting pig; and she sells her paintings for a tidy profit! Well, the farm sells her paintings, as Pigcasso seems content to spend the rest of her time sleeping, eating and rolling happily in the mud. She’s an artist, you see, she prefers to let other people handle the business side of things.
The dairy industry has no use for male calves. Well, they may not have seen any value in Baloo, but Farm Sanctuary SA did. He was rescued from the informal settlement on Route 62, where he was close to dying of starvation. Now he calls the sanctuary home, and has all the grass he can eat.
Visit the Farm
Admission to the farm is free, and you can visit on Sundays to see the work they do for yourself. Interact with the peaceful farm animals, and perhaps pay a visit to OINK Gallery, where Pigcasso’s work is on display. Tours can also be arranged by appointment if required.
And should you wish to stay the night, enquire about Farm Sanctuary SA’s designer studio loft.
Location Dirkie Uys Street, Franschhoek