‘Raising animals for meat is an emotive issue’
WHAT the farm says about the issue on its website:
Recent discussion has taken place concerning the Farm’s turkeys. We are aware that raising animals for meat is an emotive issue, and having listened to the views of a small section of our community, we decided not to hold our annual public turkey auction.
However, the aims and objectives of the Farm remain unchanged and our turkeys have been sold for Christmas.
We are aware that members of Bristol Vegan Action group independently raised money, with the intention of giving it to a homeless charity in exchange for the turkeys going to a sanctuary. St Werburgh’s City Farm had no part in setting up the fundraiser and will not receive the money – but we are very happy that it will go towards helping the homeless this Christmas.
The main focus of our work is supporting disadvantaged members of our community to learn, grow and thrive, whether it be providing placements for adults with learning disabilities to gain skills in organic gardening, helping a young person at risk of exclusion finish their education or supporting disadvantaged adults to gain in skills and confidence. We intend to focus our resources and time to best support them, at what can be a difficult time of year.