Drumlin Farm is NOT an animal sanctuary

It’s Memorial Day weekend in Boston. Great weather and no plans? Get on it mom of 4! What should we do? How could I have no plan? After sitting in our front yard peeling birch trees for one hour, I realized it was 10am. 9 more hours to go till bedtime. I had to think fast.

I know! I know! It’s the perfect day to go to an animal sanctuary. Sunny Meadow in Hudson is too far but according to my Google search of “sanctuaries near me” we could check out Drumlin Farm and Wildlife Sanctuary which is only 15 minutes away.

Bug spray, hats, water bottles packed and off we went. We were excited to visit a real animal sanctuary. In the car, at a rate of 12 questions/minute, somewhere in the 180 questions, many of which were either ignored by my husband turning up the music or me pretending to be in a deep conversation with my husband…one particular question did stand out. “Mama, what is a sanctuary?”

Sanctuary is defined by Merriam-Webster as a “place of refuge and protection”. I explained to the children (who by the way are vegetarian animal lovers who refuse to wear leather shoes), that Drumlin Farm is a place where animals can feel safe and protected!

What we saw was totally different.

As cute as it was to see the baby goats drinking from their mothers, it was hard to explain to my kids that these “kids” were being raised to be killed and sold for their meat for “markets,” meaning supermarkets!

A sign on the pig barn read. “We currently do not have pigs.” Well, where did they all go? Drumlin Farms claims to be a sanctuary, so where did all the pigs go? I guess these little piggies went to the market. Another uncomfortable situation to explain:

We found an onyx (a huge sized rabbit) which was “adopted” from the MSPCA. While this sounds great and noble, how does it make sense for a sanctuary to adopt a rabbit to only place it from one cage to another. A life of captivity again?

The sheep barn had 3 similar signs revealing castration practices and even defining the difference between mutton and lamb! I thought this was a sanctuary where animals feel protected?

We did some research and found that the animals at Drumlin Farms (cows, goats, pigs, chickens) are indeed killed and sold for profit at Drumlin Farms. When asked why it is called Drumlin Farms Wildlife Sanctuary, they responded that they do provide refuge to “wildlife” which entail birds. The term “sanctuary” is attached to “wildlife” and not the rest of the farm. They claim that people enjoy seeing how well animals are treated before they are slaughtered for meat. When I asked them whether animals live their entire lifespan, they refused to answer. I should have sensed something shady way back at the “we have no pigs” sign. This place is clearly not a sanctuary. Even the so-called birds are placed in enclosures. One particularly gruesome cage had 4 beautiful owls which paid literally no attention to the 5 dead white mice placed underneath on stones. Does Drumlin Farm even know that owls are not scavengers? They enjoy the hunt and placing dead white mice at the bottom of their tiny habitat is completely useless?

Drumlin Farm is NOT a sanctuary. It is glorified farm agriculture. I look forward to calling Sunny Meadows and telling them to rescue animals from Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary.

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