Friday, August 21, 2015

Provision of Food and Compassion Should Not Be Mutually Exclusive

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According to a Wagner Farm staff member, 80% of these lambs and pigs went to the local food pantry, and 20% he didn't know about. When asked further if there is not non-meat based (plant-based) food that could be donated to the food pantry instead, this staff member said that this (apparently slaughter of animals) is how they (Wagner Farm) choose to provide food.
With collaborative efforts, these animals could have gone to sanctuary, and the food pantry still could have been provided with donations of food that did not involve animal slaughter.
For signing and sharing:

"Meat cannot be procured without violence" - Dr. Melanie Joy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0VrZPBskpg

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
http://glenviewparks.org/index.php/contact
Glenview Park District: 847-657-3215
Wagner Farm: 847-657-1506
Todd Price
Director, Wagner Farm
(224) 521-2187 (direct line listed on park district web site)
todd.price@glenviewparks.org
Michael McCarty
Glenview Park District Executive Director
(224) 521-2250 (direct line listed on park district web site)
michael.mccarty@glenviewparks.org
Elsa Fischer
Superintendent of Leisure Services
(includes supervision of Wagner Farm)
(224) 521-2246 (direct line listed on park district web site)
Elsa.Fischer@glenviewparks.org




Wagner Farm Rescue Fund is proud to be included on the web sites of:
All-Creatures.org
http://www.all-creatures.org/links/animalr.html
in their links to Animal Rights Organizations

FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement)
http://www.farmusa.org/links.htm
in their links to Animal Rights/Vegan blogs:

World Animal Net
http://worldanimal.net
in their directory of Animal Rights Organizations

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Cleaned Out Stalls Won't Erase Lambs and Pigs Gone

Cleaned out stall areas at the taxpayer purchased and funded Wagner Farm won't erase the lambs and pigs who were there, why they're gone - and how it was done.




Through documentation, they - and others taken before them - continue to be seen and heard.

For signing and sharing:

https://www.change.org/p/wagner-farm-glenview-il-park-district-revise-animal-exploitative-programming-including-sales-to-auction-and-slaughter-via-public-funded-resources





"Meat cannot be procured without violence" - Dr. Melanie Joy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0VrZPBskpg


http://www.lcfair.com/livestock-auction/4576672481


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:

http://freefromharm.org/tag/wagner-farm/

http://james-mcwilliams.com/?s=wagner+farm&x=8&y=16

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
http://glenviewparks.org/index.php/contact
Glenview Park District: 847-657-3215
Wagner Farm: 847-657-1506


Todd Price
Director, Wagner Farm
(224) 521-2187 (direct line listed on park district web site)
todd.price@glenviewparks.org


Michael McCarty
Glenview Park District Executive Director
(224) 521-2250 (direct line listed on park district web site)
michael.mccarty@glenviewparks.org


Elsa Fischer
Superintendent of Leisure Services
(includes supervision of Wagner Farm)
(224) 521-2246 (direct line listed on park district web site)
Elsa.Fischer@glenviewparks.org


Wagner Farm Rescue Fund is proud to be included on the web sites of:
All-Creatures.org
http://www.all-creatures.org/links/animalr.html
in their links to Animal Rights Organizations

FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement)
http://www.farmusa.org/links.htm
in their links to Animal Rights/Vegan blogs:

World Animal Net
http://worldanimal.net
in their directory of Animal Rights Organizations


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Eating of Animal Products: Personal Choice and Cognitive Dissonance

"A person who tells you that their eating of animal products is a personal choice is experiencing a state of cognitive dissonance (deeply entrenched beliefs are being challenged and that challenge causes them to defend old beliefs). In other words, they have made this issue personal precisely in response to you making it public. Making the issue personal is a nice way of saying, “I don’t want to be judged or held accountable for my actions that harm animals.” So this is not so much an attempt to defend eating animals as it is a defense intended to block any further discussion or evaluation" - Robert Grillo, Free from Harm
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**Animals Sold To Auction For Slaughter**


For signing and sharing:

https://www.change.org/p/wagner-farm-glenview-il-park-district-revise-animal-exploitative-programming-including-sales-to-auction-and-slaughter-via-public-funded-resources

According to a staff member of the taxpayer purchased and funded Wagner Farm, their 4H project animals (at least the lambs and pigs) were sold at auction (Saturday, Aug 1).
Also according to this staff member, 80% of the animals went to the local township food pantry, and 20% he didn't know about.
Additionally, when asked if the pig who had been reported as injured, having had surgery, and had basically been quarantined for about a month had also gone to auction, it was confirmed by this staff member. When asked further if the pig had gone through surgery and quarantine to heal just to go to auction, the answer was affirmative.



When this staff member brought up that the animals went to provide food, but was then asked by Wagner Farm Rescue Fund are there not non-meat based ways to provide food, the conversation then essentially halted. However, it was noted by this staff member that this is how they (Wagner Farm) choose to provide food.
This in itself essentially confirms what many have expressed ongoing - that the sale-to-slaughter appears to be just one of Wagner Farm choice - not even an issue of 4H regulations as already noted by an IL 4H rep - but apparently just choosing meat-based food donations over plant-based food donations, even if numerous ways are available for compassion-based food to be provided for the needy instead rather than donations stemming from animal slaughter.


Wagner Farm Rescue Fund has, prior to this year, contacted Wagner Farm / Glenview Park District about a joint project between Wagner Farm Rescue Fund and Wagner Farm that would involve donations of fruit and vegetables to the local food pantry, but was essentially dismissed in this proposal as well, with Wagner Farm Rescue Fund being told by the Park District that such a program was already being done. Further attempts for such a joint project were also essentially dismissed.
When compassion-based food donation is available, and Wagner Farm also promotes a community garden, has their own corn crop, and supposedly has made plant-based donations of food to the local food pantry, why is the public-funded Wagner Farm being used as a base of operations for any kind of slaughter-based programming?
Even numerous supporters of Wagner Farm Rescue Fund who eat meat themselves have noted that they don't find this kind of programming appropriate for a public-funded facility and are calling for program revisions.


To many, it is telling in general when proponents of meat consumption themselves bring up the subject of meat-based food but when simply asked as to other means of providing food - such as plant-based - suddenly conversation is then halted due to claims from the meat-eaters that the conversation has become one of an "argument" or one of "politics".
Apparently to some, conversation that even alludes to issues of compassion is deemed as an "argument" and one of "politics" and can't be continued - even when they were the ones to interject the issue of food into the conversation to begin with.
To many, it is surmised that the reasons that conversations such as these - which occur in many different contexts and are routinely experienced by many globally in animal advocacy - stop short is often one that when compassionate food provision is easily possible but essentially discounted, it becomes farcical for proponents of meat consumption to continue defending what, to many, is essentially indefensible.



As a Wagner Farm staff member brought up the issue of food consumption, we note here one of the many justifications professed by meat eaters:
"Just because I eat meat doesn’t mean I support animal abuse or cruelty.
If you buy animal products, you’re paying someone who makes a living off of commodifying animals — artificially breeding them, raising them quickly to “market weight” and violently killing them in their youth, at just a fraction of their natural lifespan."

More justifications used by meat consumers:
http://freefromharm.org/photo-galleries/9-reasons-your-canine-teeth-dont-make-you-a-meat-eater/

http://freefromharm.org/animal-products-and-psychology/five-reasons-why-meat-eating-cannot-be-considered-a-personal-choice/

http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2015/06/meat-excuses


"Meat cannot be procured without violence" - Dr. Melanie Joy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0VrZPBskpg
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:
http://freefromharm.org/tag/wagner-farm/
http://james-mcwilliams.com/?s=wagner+farm&x=8&y=16
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
http://glenviewparks.org/index.php/contact
Glenview Park District: 847-657-3215
Wagner Farm: 847-657-1506
Todd Price
Director, Wagner Farm
(224) 521-2187 (direct line listed on park district web site)
todd.price@glenviewparks.org
Michael McCarty
Glenview Park District Executive Director
(224) 521-2250 (direct line listed on park district web site)
michael.mccarty@glenviewparks.org
Elsa Fischer
Superintendent of Leisure Services
(includes supervision of Wagner Farm)
(224) 521-2246 (direct line listed on park district web site)
Elsa.Fischer@glenviewparks.org


Wagner Farm Rescue Fund is proud to be included on the web sites of:
All-Creatures.org
http://www.all-creatures.org/links/animalr.html
in their links to Animal Rights Organizations

FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement)
http://www.farmusa.org/links.htm
in their links to Animal Rights/Vegan blogs:

World Animal Net
http://worldanimal.net
in their directory of Animal Rights Organizations

Monday, August 3, 2015

**Animals Sold To Auction For Slaughter**

**Animals Sold To Auction For Slaughter**

For signing and sharing:


According to a staff member of the taxpayer purchased and funded Wagner Farm, their 4H project animals (at least the lambs and pigs) were sold at auction (Saturday, Aug 1).

Also according to this staff member, 80% of the animals went to the local township food pantry, and 20% he didn't know about.



Additionally, when asked if the pig who had been reported as injured, having had surgery, and had basically been quarantined for about a month had also gone to auction, it was confirmed by this staff member. When asked further if the pig had gone through surgery and quarantine to heal just to go to auction, the answer was affirmative.



When this staff member brought up that the animals went to provide food, but was then asked by Wagner Farm Rescue Fund are there not non-meat based ways to provide food, the conversation then essentially halted. However, it was noted by this staff member that this is how they (Wagner Farm) choose to provide food.

This in itself essentially confirms what many have expressed ongoing - that the sale-to-slaughter appears to be just one of Wagner Farm choice - not even an issue of 4H regulations as already noted by an IL 4H rep - but apparently just choosing meat-based food donations over plant-based food donations, even if numerous ways are available for compassion-based food to be provided for the needy instead rather than donations stemming from animal slaughter.



Wagner Farm Rescue Fund has, prior to this year, contacted Wagner Farm / Glenview Park District about a joint project between Wagner Farm Rescue Fund and Wagner Farm that would involve donations of fruit and vegetables to the local food pantry, but was essentially dismissed in this proposal as well, with Wagner Farm Rescue Fund being told by the Park District that such a program was already being done. Further attempts for such a joint project were also essentially dismissed.

When compassion-based food donation is available, and Wagner Farm also promotes a community garden, has their own corn crop, and supposedly has made plant-based donations of food to the local food pantry, why is the public-funded Wagner Farm being used as a base of operations for any kind of slaughter-based programming?

Even numerous supporters of Wagner Farm Rescue Fund who eat meat themselves have noted that they don't find this kind of programming appropriate for a public-funded facility and are calling for program revisions.




To many, it is telling in general when proponents of meat consumption themselves bring up the subject of meat-based food but when simply asked as to other means of providing food - such as plant-based - suddenly conversation is then halted due to claims from the meat-eaters that the conversation has become one of an "argument" or one of "politics".

Apparently to some, conversation that even alludes to issues of compassion is deemed as an "argument" and one of "politics" and can't be continued - even when they were the ones to interject the issue of food into the conversation to begin with.

To many, it is surmised that the reasons that conversations such as these - which occur in many different contexts and are routinely experienced by many globally in animal advocacy - stop short is often one that when compassionate food provision is easily possible but essentially discounted, it becomes farcical for proponents of meat consumption to continue defending what, to many, is essentially indefensible.
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As a Wagner Farm staff member brought up the issue of food consumption, we note here one of the many justifications professed by meat eaters:

"Just because I eat meat doesn’t mean I support animal abuse or cruelty.

If you buy animal products, you’re paying someone who makes a living off of commodifying animals — artificially breeding them, raising them quickly to “market weight” and violently killing them in their youth, at just a fraction of their natural lifespan."


More justifications used by meat consumers:



__________________________________________




"Meat cannot be procured without violence" - Dr. Melanie Joy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0VrZPBskpg
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:
http://freefromharm.org/tag/wagner-farm/
http://james-mcwilliams.com/?s=wagner+farm&x=8&y=16
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 
http://glenviewparks.org/index.php/contact
Glenview Park District: 847-657-3215
Wagner Farm: 847-657-1506
Todd Price
Director, Wagner Farm
(224) 521-2187 (direct line listed on park district web site)
todd.price@glenviewparks.org
Michael McCarty
Glenview Park District Executive Director
(224) 521-2250 (direct line listed on park district web site)
michael.mccarty@glenviewparks.org
Elsa Fischer
Superintendent of Leisure Services
(includes supervision of Wagner Farm)
(224) 521-2246 (direct line listed on park district web site)
Elsa.Fischer@glenviewparks.org





Wagner Farm Rescue Fund is proud to be included on the web sites of:
All-Creatures.org
http://www.all-creatures.org/links/animalr.html
in their links to Animal Rights Organizations

FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement)
http://www.farmusa.org/links.htm
in their links to Animal Rights/Vegan blogs:

World Animal Net
http://worldanimal.net
in their directory of Animal Rights Organizations

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

"4H Club Member Lives Here" - A Misnomer To Many

"4H Club Member Lives Here" - to many, a misnomer.


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"?



http://www.lcfair.com/livestock-auction/4576672481

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:

https://www.change.org/p/wagner-farm-glenview-il-park-district-revise-animal-exploitative-programming-including-sales-to-auction-and-slaughter-via-public-funded-resources
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"Meat cannot be procured without violence" - Dr. Melanie Joy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0VrZPBskpg

http://www.lcfair.com/livestock-auction/4576672481

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:
http://freefromharm.org/tag/wagner-farm/
http://james-mcwilliams.com/?s=wagner+farm&x=8&y=16

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
http://glenviewparks.org/index.php/contact
Glenview Park District: 847-657-3215

Wagner Farm: 847-657-1506
Todd Price
Director, Wagner Farm
(224) 521-2187 (direct line listed on park district web site)
todd.price@glenviewparks.org

Michael McCarty
Glenview Park District Executive Director
(224) 521-2250 (direct line listed on park district web site)
michael.mccarty@glenviewparks.org

Elsa Fischer
Superintendent of Leisure Services
(includes supervision of Wagner Farm)
(224) 521-2246 (direct line listed on park district web site)
Elsa.Fischer@glenviewparks.org


Wagner Farm Rescue Fund is proud to be included on the web sites of:
All-Creatures.org
http://www.all-creatures.org/links/animalr.html
in their links to Animal Rights Organizations

FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement)
http://www.farmusa.org/links.htm
in their links to Animal Rights/Vegan blogs:

World Animal Net
http://worldanimal.net
in their directory of Animal Rights Organizations

Sunday, July 26, 2015

With You Always, Loving You Always In Various Ways




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''We who dedicate our lives to promoting compassion, to promoting peace, for promoting the welfare of others are with you always in various ways, loving you always in various ways" - an animal welfare advocate to one of the Wagner Farm / Glenview Clovers 4H pigs who, if like his predecessors, will be sold to auction and slaughter - next Saturday, Aug 1
For signing and sharing:
change.org/p/wagner-farm-glenview-il-park-district-revise-a…
__________________________________________
"Meat cannot be procured without violence" - Dr. Melanie Joy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0VrZPBskpg
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:
Once any animals, including those owned "privately", become part of a facility in any capacity that is taxpayer purchased and funded, such as Wagner Farm is, they immediately become the business of the public.
Wagner Farm is a facility of the Glenview (IL) Park District:
http://www.glenviewparks.org/facilities-parks/wagner-farm/
Wagner Farm and the Glenview Park District can be reached at:
Glenview Park District's online form at
http://glenviewparks.org/index.php/contact
Glenview Park District: 847-657-3215
Wagner Farm: 847-657-1506
Todd Price
Director, Wagner Farm
(224) 521-2187 (direct line listed on park district web site)
Michael McCarty
Glenview Park District Executive Director
(224) 521-2250
michael.mccarty@glenviewparks.org
Elsa Fischer
Superintendent of Leisure Services
(includes supervision of Wagner Farm)
(224) 521-2246
Elsa.Fischer@glenviewparks.org


Wagner Farm Rescue Fund is proud to be included on the web sites of:
All-Creatures.org
http://www.all-creatures.org/links/animalr.html
in their links to Animal Rights Organizations

FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement)
http://www.farmusa.org/links.htm
in their links to Animal Rights/Vegan blogs:

World Animal Net
http://worldanimal.net
in their directory of Animal Rights Organizations

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Quarantined Pig: Part of the Questions, Part of the Problem

Quarantined pig at the taxpayer purchased and funded Wagner Farm:


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This pig, part of Wagner Farm's Glenview Clovers 4H program, was reported by staff on July 1 - the same time that the first dead pig had been acknowledged - to have been injured and was in quarantine. The response to further later questioning was that the pig was still in quarantine after surgery so that the other pigs wouldn't pull his stitches out.

A second pig was reported to have died from a heart attack on July 11.

Prior to that, two lambs who had also been reported as having had leg injuries were seen in the barn for several days while recuperating.

It is now July 23, and this quarantined pig has regularly been seen inside this pen within the pig enclosure. How much time has he been in there? Has he had any interaction with other pigs at all, other than sniffing at each other through the pen slats, and if so, how much?

The pigs and lambs are expected, like their predecessors, to be taken to the Lake County (IL) Fair - which would be next week.

http://www.lcfair.com/livestock-auction/4576672481

If like their predecessors, they will be sold at auction for slaughter.

Is this pig included? Is that what he's had surgery and quarantine for - to be taken to auction?

For signing and sharing:

https://www.change.org/p/wagner-farm-glenview-il-park-district-revise-animal-exploitative-programming-including-sales-to-auction-and-slaughter-via-public-funded-resources
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"Meat cannot be procured without violence" - Dr. Melanie Joy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0VrZPBskpg

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:

http://freefromharm.org/tag/wagner-farm/

http://james-mcwilliams.com/?s=wagner+farm&x=8&y=16

Once any animals, including those owned "privately", become part of a facility in any capacity that is taxpayer purchased and funded, such as Wagner Farm is, they immediately become the business of the public.

Wagner Farm is a facility of the Glenview (IL) Park District:
http://www.glenviewparks.org/facilities-parks/wagner-farm/

Wagner Farm and the Glenview Park District can be reached at:

Glenview Park District's online form at
http://glenviewparks.org/index.php/contact
Glenview Park District: 847-657-3215

Wagner Farm: 847-657-1506
Todd Price
Director, Wagner Farm
(224) 521-2187 (direct line listed on park district web site)

Michael McCarty
Glenview Park District Executive Director
(224) 521-2250
michael.mccarty@glenviewparks.org

Elsa Fischer
Superintendent of Leisure Services
(includes supervision of Wagner Farm)
(224) 521-2246
Elsa.Fischer@glenviewparks.org




Wagner Farm Rescue Fund is proud to be included on the web sites of:
All-Creatures.org
http://www.all-creatures.org/links/animalr.html
in their links to Animal Rights Organizations

FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement)
http://www.farmusa.org/links.htm
in their links to Animal Rights/Vegan blogs:

World Animal Net
http://worldanimal.net
in their directory of Animal Rights Organizations