It was ten years ago this month that the initial animal protection work began regarding the animal welfare issues at the tax payer purchased and supported Wagner Farm in Glenview, IL, which led to the founding of the non-profit Wagner Farm Rescue Fund.
Wagner Farm Rescue Fund thanks our many supporters for their ongoing support of our animal protection efforts over these past ten years, and for your continuing support and help in our ever-growing organization.
Wagner Farm Rescue Fund continues to work vigorously toward humane programming at Wagner Farm which we hope will include a spirit of cooperation and collaboration toward that goal being implemented by Wagner Farm and Glenview Park District management whose positions include the responsibility of overseeing the operation of Wagner Farm.
At a time in our country when economic challenges for many are rampant, an in-depth look by the local Journal & Topics newspaper chain demonstrates that Glenview municipal management personnel, including those of the Glenview Park District which manages Wagner Farm, are handsomely paid through both salaries and job perks by tax payer funds, and it is therefore a certain obligation of these personnel to the tax payers to ensure the optimal, humane functioning of tax payer purchased and supported facilities.
This optimal functioning includes responsibility to all tax payers, not just to tax payers whose views they share, and the basic obligation to ensure that no programs contain any components of cruelty, such as the Wagner Farm/Glenview Clovers 4H children's program that includes the purchase of baby animals each year with the express purpose of selling these animals to slaughter. Humane options presented by Wagner Farm Rescue Fund to Wagner Farm have been ignored in their entirety without any collaborative discussion.
It is a basic obligation of tax payer paid representatives to discuss and consider these options with those presenting them, especially when the issues represented have already been publicly noted to be of concern over the course of many years, and those presenting these options are Glenview tax payers themselves.
Not only would these options that were available have been more profitable to Wagner Farm monetarily, but would have also have been more profitable in terms of favorable publicity of a tax payer purchased and supported facility rather than the negative publicity that is an unfortunate consequence of such extensive inhumane programming.
Additionally, many of the basic elements of these programs can still be maintained, including the education and entertainment of children, and certainly without the animal exploitation and cruel outcomes that have become basic components of much of the current Wagner Farm programming. Cows do not need to be forcibly impregnated, only to have their calves separated from them upon birth. This is a standard operating procedure that is a cruel component of the profit-seeking dairy industry. It does not need to be a cruelty-fostering component of a tax payer purchased and supported facility.
Wagner Farm has the ability to be a true gem of Glenview. Presently, this gem - and therefore the entire community of Glenview - does not shine as brightly as it could due to its reputation being increasingly tarnished by the negative publicity that is an unfortunate but natural and needed consequence of the inhumane programming of a public facility, programming that is the catalyst for many cruel animal deaths each year when these animals are sold to slaughter.
Humaneness in all programming can - and must - become a priority at the tax payer purchased and supported Wagner Farm, as must be a willing spirit of cooperation and collaboration toward such humane programming between all parties concerned.
Wagner Farm Rescue Fund is a member of the Glenview community. We would like our voice to be able to be one of praise, not the current necessary condemnation, of Wagner Farm programming.
The mission of Wagner Farm Rescue Fund includes the protection of any and all animals associated in any capacity with Wagner Farm, regardless of any details in regard to who owns the animal(s) individually, such as the Wagner Farm / Glenview Clovers 4H group. Any animal that is used in conjunction with any Wagner Farm programs is essentially a Wagner Farm animal and is covered by the Wagner Farm Rescue Fund mission.
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Wagner Farm Rescue Fund is the sister organization of Have A Heart Farm: