Animal Sanctuary Appreciation Month + An Exclusive Interview with Charlie’s Acres Farm Animal Sanctuary
December doesn’t just mark the start of winter and the holiday season. Beyond the solstice and the snowfall, this cozy month is all about togetherness, generosity, and love, all of which happen to be hallmarks of accredited vegan sanctuaries that rescue vulnerable animals from abusive, neglectful, and potentially deadly situations.
December is Animal Sanctuary Appreciation Month.
According to the USDA Census of Agriculture, 99% of farmed animals in the US live on factory farms. Those figures include:
- 9 billion chickens killed for their meat
- 300 million chickens used in the egg industry
- 240 million turkeys
- and over 120 million pigs
This isn’t even to mention the cows, goats, sheep, and other animals exploited and killed for their meat, skin, and milk.
Earlier this month, we shined a light on vegan, fan-made, wizarding world-inspired gifts. Now, we’re casting that light on nonprofit animal rescues, sanctuaries, and organizations that care for all magical and non-magical creatures in the Muggle world.
Some of these may have expedited (or two-day) shipping, so if you play your (exploding snap) cards right, you might be able to have these wrapped and under the tree before December 25th.
But, more than likely, at this point (and if you only have a broken Time-Turner at your disposal), physical gifts won’t reach your doorstep before the 25th.
But don’t make like Moaning Myrtle and doom and gloom yourself down the toilet. Just because the winter holidays are nearly over, it doesn’t mean that there’s an expiration date on any of these items. All of the proceeds from these items go directly towards caring for animals in need. In other words, they embody the holiday season spirit of generosity. And that, friends, never goes out of style.
So, we proudly present 12 gifts (be they for holidays, birthdays, or an unexpected treat) that support rescues, sanctuaries, and nonprofit animal rights organizations.
You can take comfort and find joy in knowing that each of these purchases made with your Galleons, Sickles, Knuts, and Muggle money is going directly to animals in need!
With December upon us, the holidays at Hogwarts are in full, splendid form. The enormous fir trees are being decked with shimmering icicles, hooting gold owl ornaments, and twinkling candles. Holly berries, fragrant pine boughs, and sparkly tinsel are beginning to fill each house common room. It’s the advent of the winter season, and the place to be is cozying up in the squashiest armchairs by the crackling fire to watch snow dreamily flurry around the castle grounds, preferably while sipping some rich, velvety hot cocoa with vegan marshmallows or a tankard of warm and creamy vegan butterbeer.
But for those of us who aren’t at Hogwarts this year, the magic of the holiday season is still very much alive around us. Although this yuletide is rather unusual, what with the lingering pandemic, that’s all the more reason to make these festivities exceptionally extraordinary.
Keep turkeys off your table and whip up a veritable Hogwarts feast this Thanksgiving, or, as we like to say, ThanksLiving, with these seven scrumptious recipes.
But before we roll up our robe sleeves and get our wands ready for all the cooking magic we have in store for this holiday season, we need to drop a quick muggle studies lesson on you.
You don’t need to be an American or an Ilvermorny alum to know that turkeys are the “centerpiece” every November. Turkeys have become so ubiquitous with Thanksgiving that every year in the U.S., 46 million turkeys are killed for the holiday alone.
Turkeys are loving and worthy of kindness and respect!
Language wields tremendous power. As we explored in our article “How to Refer to Animals and Magical Creatures Compassionately”, it isn’t just what we say that matters, but how we say it.
Last time we took a look at the way animals and magical creatures are devalued in the wizarding world, and we proposed some alternative idioms to the wildly outdated ones many people currently use.
Now we’re back with Ali Matthews, Finance and Development Director here at The Protego Foundation, to talk more about how we can liberate our language and why we owe it to our animal friends to do so!