New Paultz NY Day 9 May 3
Today we the team went to the Catskill Animal Sanctuary located in Kingston, New York. We got a tour of the property and got a chance to see some rescued piggies, horses and cows. I’ve never had much interaction with farm animals growing up so going to the sanctuary; I was amazed how big the animals were. Some of the animals on the farm were over 40 years old. There were some children and their parents on the tour with us. It was so nice to see the kids getting a chance to interact with the animals and learn that just because an animal is a pig or duck or cow, doesn’t mean they don’t have feelings. They are just as worthy of life as dogs and cats.
Each animal seemed to have a different yet tragic story to tell. Some of the pigs on the farm have been genetically altered to be so big for slaughter that they can’t stand or move their bodies around. We were told some of the chickens and roosters were rescued from a crystal meth lab. Apparently it is common to have animals around these operations so their smell masks the smell of the meth operations.
Leonardo Da Vinci was right when he said “I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.”
Our afternoon was spent kayaking on the Hudson River with “I Paddle New York“. We got a chance to go into this swamp area that is usually inaccessible. Our guide took us on shore at one point where we took a quick walk up to see a water fall.