Sanctuaries exist all over the world, however, they are rarely ever included in the public conversation on non-human animals. Their existence is in fact neither planned for nor wanted in a world where other animals are regularly exploited and then killed as their value is often only defined by how much they benefit human animals. By providing a home to those animals, sanctuaries take a stance against the system of animal exploitation. After a life of exploitation, many of these animals - such as cows, pigs, goats, sheep, and chicken - struggle with illness and are cared for and fostered by the people who run the sanctuaries. This is often the first time they experience love and care from humans.
In a world that normalizes the exploitation of other animals for human benefit and profit, sanctuaries provide a glimmer of hope and are in a way a lived utopia. This is why we want to introduce you several LGBTQ*-run sanctuaries.
In the current crisis it is especially important to support these and other sanctuaries, which in large parts rely on donations to survive. Those who run and live at the sanctuaries would benefit a great deal from sponsorships or other ways of support. If you know futher sanctuaries to be included on this list, please send us an email.
Lancaster Farm Sanctuary (USA)
This sancturary was founded in 2017 by Sarah Salluzzo and her partner Jonina Turzi. Ever since then Lancaster Farm Sanctuary has been home to liberated cows, pigs, chickens, goats, sheep and turkeys.
In their actions towards other animals they follow the buddhist traditions of:
Satya (truth telling)
Photocredit: Facebook Lancaster Farm Sanctuary
Gnadenhof Melief e.V. (Germany)
Gnadenhof Melief was founded by Marc Winters and Lothar Vermeulen and is located in Sögel (Emsland) . The sanctuary is home to more than 1,250 animals. Melief was the name of a goat who made a wondrful recovery and spent many happy years at the sanctuary after arriving there with signs of severe neglect. The sanctuary provides not only for cows, dogs, and cats, but also guinea pigs, swans, ponys, donkeys, and different bird species.
Photocredit: Facebook Melief Animal Sanctuary
VINE Sanctuary (USA)
pattrice und Miriam Jones founded their first sanctuary 'Eastern Shore Chicken Sanctuary' in 2000. In 2009 they moved the sanctuary to Vermont um and renamed it to VINE Sanctury. VINE is short for "Veganism Is the Next Evolution".
pattrice jones is not only the co-founder of these sanctuaries, but has also been active since the 1970 and has written books on activism, speciesism and interconnections of oppression. She also regularly blogs about speciesism and other forms of oppression on the VINE Sanctuary blog.