Anthrocon 2017 Charity: Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary

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Anthrocon is pleased to announce that Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary will be our beneficiary for 2017's charity efforts. The following is a summary provided by Hope Haven's representative that summarizes their mission and efforts:

Hope Haven is a beautiful non-profit farm animal sanctuary nestled in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Our mission is to rescue neglected farm animals and provide them safe haven. Our residents range from pigs, goats, sheep, emu, llama, alpaca, and farm birds of every variety. These animals have been surrendered at animal shelters, confiscated by local humane agents, or saved from factory farms. They now live out their lives with comfortable housing, nutritious food, and companionship from others of their own kind. They also receive endless love and affection from the human components of the sanctuary, as well as from guests and supporters.

Hope Haven also prides itself on being a resource to raise public awareness of the plight of animals raised for food. We joyfully promote a cruelty-free, plant-based lifestyle. Rather than focusing on the horrors and suffering inherent in factory farming we want to showcase the individuality and personality of farm animals. Our hope is that when people realize these animals are sentient creatures deserving of compassion they will make up their own minds to respect life and adopt a cruelty-free lifestyle.

The farm is open from May through October. We offer monthly farm tours and frequent volunteer work days. We also hold several festivals at the farm that are open to the public. So please make it a point to come out to Hope Haven and meet our residents! How often do you get to hug a turkey, feed an alpaca, pet an emu, or nuzzle a goat? Visiting with our animals and hearing their stories is guaranteed to brighten your day and even change your thinking about how all of us (humans and animals) can coexist happily together.

Hope Haven will be at the Charity Auction and will have a table in the Dealers' Room where you can meet them and peruse information about their organization.

More information about Hope Haven can be found at their website, hopehavenfarm.org. If you have any questions regarding Hope Haven, they can be reached through their representative to us, veterinarian Dr. Karen Phillips, via karen[at]hopehavenfarm.org.

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!! What a lovely choice (:

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I'm going to try to choose my words w/o stirring up controversy, but will probably fail.

I'd like to know (and I didn't see anything on their site), what the differences
(and similarities) are between them, vegans, and PETA.

I have no problem with rescuing abandoned farm animals, but I'm not into guilt trips (and I'm not accusing them of trying to induce them) over enjoying a meat-based diet and/or having grown up on a family farm that raised beef cattle.

Also offered w/o comment (I'm an engineer, not a philosopher):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sentience#Animal_welfare.2C_rights.2C_and_sentience

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I'm sure the primary similarity to the other organizations you mentioned is that they love to help animals!

I perused the Hope Haven Farm website, and they're a great organization and a great pick for this year's charity organization!

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They are not organizationally affiliated with PETA, but they are vegan-oriented.  As their summary says, their methods involve showcasing the individuality and personality of farm animals, not guilt trips, and you get to make up your own mind if it's not already made up.

And, just to reassure that Anthrocon isn't pushing any dietary agendas, I'm an omnivore, and Hope Haven was selected for its rescue efforts which we plan to work with them to focus on.

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