SC an­i­mal sanc­tu­ary elic­its em­pa­thy for abuse an­i­mals

The State - - Business -

Of­ten when we think about an­i­mal abuse, im­ages of mis­treated dogs and cats come to mind as seen in the piti­ful videos with Sarah McLachlan singing, “In the arms of an an­gel.” Af­ter vis­it­ing Cot­ton Branch An­i­mal Sanc­tu­ary, I will never again have this sin­gle story of what con­sti­tutes an­i­mal abuse.

In a re­mote part of South Carolina, Cot­ton Branch is home to res­cued farm an­i­mals like for­mer “teacup pigs” now weigh­ing up to 110 pounds, or over­sized and abused fac­tory farm res­cued an­i­mals. While their scars re­main, an out­pour­ing of love from the sanc­tu­ary and the com­mu­nity pro­vides hope for their rein­vig­o­rated lives.

Even though it is not pos­si­ble for ev­ery­one to adopt or found sanc­tu­ar­ies, the ev­ery­day per­son can help by vol­un­teer­ing at Cot­ton Branch, pro­mot­ing their so­cial me­dia, vis­it­ing the farm or spread­ing the word about an­i­mal abuse. One of the sim­plest ways to ad­vo­cate for an­i­mal wel­fare is to start by look­ing down at your plate and pay­ing closer at­ten­tion to what you pur­chase at the gro­cery store. By re­duc­ing the amount of an­i­mal prod­ucts we con­sume and by sup­port­ing lo­cal and eth­i­cal farm­ers, we can join Cot­ton Branch in ad­vo­cat­ing for em­pa­thy to­wards an­i­mals.

– Claire Wind­sor

Columbia

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