SC animal sanctuary elicits empathy for abuse animals
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