A Farmer Always Raised Animals For Meat. But One Day, He Had A Change Of Heart…FamilyPet
Mike Lanigan comes from a family that has dedicated their lives to raising animals for meat markets. As an adult, he carried on the tradition. However, one day he had a sudden change of heart. Lanigan realized the bond that he had built with his animals and figured they might want to live out their lives at the farm they had become so accustomed to. He says he was inspired by watching one of his farmhands. Years later, he had an experience helping deliver a calf and remembered the man.
“I watched … this hired man — he was over 90 — caring for our young calves with such love,” Lanigan explains to The Dodo. “And I thought, ‘How hypocritical of me to give something so much love and the end thing is so different from that love.'”
Despite all the love Lanigan has for animals, he explains that there are still plenty of hurdles to jump through before his farm can become an official animal sanctuary.
“We don’t have a specific deadline but honestly just as soon as possible,” Edith Barabash, Lanigan’s helper tells The Dodo. “We do need a solid amount of startup money though, because raising cows is extremely expensive. But we’re getting there.”
Learn even more about Lanigan’s amazing change of heart in the video below.