Hof Butenland, a former dairy estate in the lovely German countryside, is now a peaceful permanent home for retired racehorses, farm animals, pets research, and circus animals. Cattle, horses, pigs, geese, chickens, and dogs may all relax and unwind in the beautiful, rustic refuge.
From medical treatment to tasty snacks, animals come first at Hof Butenland. Animals are inhabitants who choose who and where they spend their time (animal or human). Cows are in control on this German farm or at least equals.
Cows don’t have to milk, pigs may sleep late, and everyone gets to do what they want. Nobody needs these beasts. Their only aim is to live quietly and enjoy life.
His co-founders, Jan Gerdes and Karin Mück want the animals they welcome to forget about their sometimes horrific pasts while basking in their peaceful surroundings.
Gerdes inherited the property from his father (complete with 1841 red brick barns). He pioneered organic farming in the region in the 1980s. But he became weary of seeing calves sobbing for their moms after being removed from them violently.
Finally, Gerdes decided to treat the animals more equally. For more information on the sanctuary’s new English brochure, “The New Cowlture: Because animals aren’t machines,” click here.
The brochure notes that even historically meat-loving nations like Germany are more interested in vegan goods. On is concerned about animal treatment and industrial farming’s considerable role in greenhouse gas emissions.
Today, the pair ensures that their animal “residents” have a life full of love, peace, dignity, respect, and admiration. “These animals live more freely so that everyone may walk about the farm and the huge meadows as self-determined as possible,” says Hof Butenland on Facebook.
Because some of their rescued animals are wary of human interaction, Gerdes and Mück do not encourage swarms of visitors. For example, “Puschek” is a gentle Pekingese dog, yet he still dislikes people approaching him with objects.
The couple visits small groups of supporters, but the sanctuary cannot become a goldfish bowl with animals exhibited like a zoo. “We are not showcasing animals here but aim to provide them with the best possible life.”
A well-known TV broadcaster and comedian, Jon Stewart, is on a similar goal. His 45-acre Hockhockson Farm is now an animal refuge for exploited industrial farm animals.
The farm also works as a learning center.
Two piglets called Anna and Maybelle were saved from a swine factory after they slid from the cargo loader during transfer; two goats; a bull; loads of additional pigs; and many more animals!
Another animal hero is Zhi Xiang, a 51-year-old Buddhist monk. He has dedicated his life to rescuing and rehabilitating stray dogs and cats in China to find them loving permanent homes. Xiang’s aim is to embody the ideals of his religion, functioning as spiritual guidance for his community and presenting an excellent example of devotion and discipline to other Buddhists.
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