Today Animal Care Club was visited by Maddie Krasno from Farm Sanctuary.

Students learn about the conditions farmed animals live in an how Farm Sanctuary helps.

Farm Sanctuary has two locations in California and New York, where they rescue, rehabilitate, and provide lifelong care for hundreds of animals who have been saved from stockyards, factory farms, and slaughterhouses. At the sanctuaries, rescued residents are given the care and love they need to recover from abuse and neglect. All of the animals enjoy nourishing food, clean barns, and green pastures each and every day.

Students squeeze into a 1×2 foot area mimicking the cramped living conditions of chickens.



Maddie’s presentation showed us the conditions that farmed animals face, including cramped living conditions. Animal Care Club members had the opportunity to see what it feels like for chickens to live in a very small cage with three to four other chickens.



The presentation ended with a virtual field trip around the Los Angeles Sanctuary.

After the presentation, we discussed vegan and vegetarian diets. Most of us wanted to commit to eating meat-free after seeing where our animal products come from; however, we acknowledged that eating meat-free can be challenging, especially when you aren’t cooking for yourself. If you can’t go all in, you can start small with practices like Meatless Mondays and become knowledgeable about the animal products you buy at the grocery store. Additionally, we can choose eggs and dairy that come from local farms that use humane practices. I personally would love to take a field trip to some local farms and see where my dairy and meat products come from.

Our goal with all of Marin Humane’s Humane Education Programs is to ensure Marin county students are becoming informed citizens that can make a difference and make knowledgeable choices. The more informed you are, the better choices you can make.