As of right now, there are no lambs and pigs in this area. All that basically remains that even suggests that there were 13 pigs* and 14 lambs - sentient, feeling beings - just there are some water buckets, feed troughs, and tufts of sheared lamb wool left behind on the ground.
*There were originally 15 pigs brought to Wagner Farm for this year's project season - one pig was reported as having been found dead at Wagner Farm in the pig enclosure the morning of June 28 and another pig was reported to have died at Wagner Farm from a heart attack on July 11.
Not only is there no "4H Club Member" living in this area now - as Wagner Farm and their Glenview Clovers 4H have trucked their lambs and pigs off to the Lake County (IL) Fair - but how does Wagner Farm even define "lives here"?
Does being brought to Wagner Farm for several months only to be taken to auction qualify as animals that "live here"?
Perhaps such a sign adds to the bucolic image, perceived by many, of a homespun "family friendly" locavore farm?
As Wagner Farm's sale-at-auction 4H programming has been continuing yearly for numerous years now, and Wagner Farm has continued to reject repeated offers of collaborative efforts to send these animals to sanctuary after project seasons end, please continue to sign and share this petition:
"Meat cannot be procured without violence" - Dr. Melanie Joy
Wagner Farm has repeatedly been rejecting requests made over many years to send these 4H animals to sanctuary, and is instead now rejecting all collaborative efforts offered by Wagner Farm Rescue Fund.
*Please see the exposes of Wagner Farm by Robert Grillo / Free from Harm and national journalist James McWilliams:
To many, the semantics of animal "ownership" often are used in various realms to facilitate numerous aspects of animal exploitation. To many, whether animals are owned by "private" parties or by the public, once they become part of a public-funded facility in any manner their immediate and ongoing welfare also becomes the business of the public.
Wagner Farm and the Glenview Park District can be reached at:
Glenview Park District's online form at
Glenview Park District: 847-657-3215
Wagner Farm: 847-657-1506
Director, Wagner Farm
(224) 521-2187 (direct line listed on park district web site)
Glenview Park District Executive Director
(224) 521-2250 (direct line listed on park district web site)
Superintendent of Leisure Services
(includes supervision of Wagner Farm)
(224) 521-2246 (direct line listed on park district web site)
Wagner Farm Rescue Fund is proud to be included on the web sites of:
in their links to Animal Rights Organizations
FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement)
in their links to Animal Rights/Vegan blogs:
World Animal Net
in their directory of Animal Rights Organizations