Fire at Fassio Egg Farm

An urgent letter was sent to management at Fassio Egg Farm, pleading with the company to rehome some of the hens who managed to survive the fire disaster this morning at their factory farm.

More than 100,000 hens died miserable deaths today, as they were unable to escape from their crammed cages while the flames and smoke closed in. While our sanctuary only has the resources to provide a good home for a handful of chickens who survived this inferno, for these individuals, it will make a world of difference. They deserve the chance to live the remainder of their lives in peace.

Read more about the fire at Fassio here

September issue of Slug magazine

We had a great time with Slug Magazine! We are grateful to be featured in this September’s local food issue. Click HERE for full article.

Vega Promo For The People

If you are active or on the go, you don’t want to miss this! We would like to share an offer from one of the best plant based nutrition companies on the market, Vega. Local plant powered athlete and friend, Alisha Niswander is partnering with Vega to offer you 10% off on your purchase. In addition to that, another 10% of your purchase will go directly to Sage Mountain. Enjoy delicious plant powered protein, recovery and snack items PLUS help one of your favorite animal sanctuaries in the meantime. That’s a win-win if we’ve ever heard one. Here is a picture of some of Alisha’s daily go-to Vega products.

Please don’t hesitate to drop her a line with any questions. Check out their website and take 10% off your MSRP pricing! Remember, they will match that discount and send it directly to Sage Mountain.

Any order over $100 will receive a free Vega Blender Bottle so you can shake your nutrition on the go!
Orders must be in to Alisha by September 15th! Don’t hesitate to contact her with any questions regarding the product or pricing!
Alisha Niswander
Mountain Vista Touring
(435) 640-2979
akniswander@gmail.com

Thirsty First Thursday: August 3, 2017 at 6 pm

Join Sage Mountain: An Advocate for Farmed Animals for an evening of vital conversation and inspiration at Este Pizza  in Park City! We will be joined by Utah Animal Rights Coalition  director and SLC Vegfest organizer, Amy Meyer who will speak on behalf of the most recent First Amendment victory for farmed animals and update us with exciting news and speakers at this year’s Vegfest! We will also hear from local athlete and yogi, Michelle Sharer about her most recent Plant Powered Challenge and how this experience shifted her entire view on nutrition, health, and well-being. Virtual reality ianimal experiences will be available through our partnership with Animal Equality Appetizers are being graciously donated by Este pizza. Everyone is responsible for their own pizza and beverages. The event is outside in their courtyard which is absolutely lovely on a summer night. Hope to see you there!
RSVP to lauren@sagemtn.org

Sage Mountain on Fox 13

Thanks for stopping by Fox 13! See story here

Sage Mountain and FFAC at Treasure Mountain Jr. High

The Treasure Mountain Junior High Students in Susan Graves-Henneman’s 8th grade health class had a chance to learn about the effects of plant based nutrition and farm animal advocacy.  Carolyn Murray from KPCW visited the school and files this report

 

To Hercules and Beyond: Speciesism in Current Events

Guest blog by: Stephanie Mathers – Ally of the Sage Mountain Team and the Animal Rights Movement

 

I wasn’t surprised when I scrolled through my newsfeed on Tuesday, January 17th to see cries of outrage by my social media network over the leaked video from the set of A Dog’s Purpose. In the video, a German shepherd named Hercules is directed to perform a water stunt by his trainer. The dog shows signs of distress in his body language and his actions, but he is continually pressed to perform. 

 

The fact that my newsfeed was filled with friends condemning the actions in the video and demanding a boycott of the film didn’t stand out at first; after all, many of those in my social media networks are animal rights activists and individuals passionate about animal causes. However, as I looked closer at who was posting about the incident, I noticed the more than half of the people on my feeds who were publicly upset were meat eaters.

 

First, let’s be clear that what happened to Hercules that day was wrong. Since the video’s release, the premiere of the film has been canceled and there is an ongoing investigation by American Humane. The question we must ask ourselves is this: Why was it wrong?

 

Well, anyone who has loved a pet knows that animals experience a wide range of emotions, the strongest of which might be fear. The fact that the studio has since stated Hercules was not ultimately forced to perform the stunt that day doesn’t seem to matter to anyone, and for good reason: it’s wrong to knowingly inflict any level of fear, pain, or suffering upon a being for our own purposes. In this case, the purpose was a film, but what if the purpose were something different? What if it were another form of entertainment, like a circus? Or, what if it were for food? Moreover, what if it were a different animal, someone other than a dog or a cat?

 

If you value an animal like Hercules enough to condemn his suffering, then you already have all the beliefs you need to face the real dog’s purpose in this story: the only difference between the suffering of Hercules and the suffering of billions of animals slaughtered for food each year is your own acceptance of each action as dictated by your cultural paradigm. After all, many countries do raise, slaughter, and eat German shepherds, giving them the same treatment as pigs, chickens, and cows in the US – that’s part of their cultural paradigm.

 


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Pigs dream at night just like people and have consistently passed intelligence measures comparable to a 3 year old child and beyond those of most dogs. Baby chicks quickly grasp the concept of object permanence, an intelligence marker that it takes a human baby a year or more to reach. Cows form strong friendships and can be taught to problem solve using tools, such as pressing a lever to operate a drinking device. Beyond these facts is the visceral experience that comes from the opportunity to look into the eyes of any animal: the sentience there is undeniable if we allow ourselves to see it. Surely the emotional and intellectual lives of these animals are just as rich as those of dogs and cats.

 

unnamed-5Yet even animals in the meat industry marketed with the feel-good label “humane” still have to be loaded onto a truck to go to a USDA-FSIS slaughter and processing facility (this is the only legal way to slaughter, process, and sell meat in the United States – even meat labeled as pasture raised, pasture finished, organic, grass-fed, etc.). Every one of these victims is starved and deprived of water during that multi-day journey to the USDA facility. They line up and march toward the killing floor, watching their peers ahead of them murdered, the smell of blood and the sounds of terror filling the air. These descriptions don’t even touch on the horrific, day-to-day perils suffered by animals in feedlots and factory farms that become the vast majority of meat sold in the United States. Certainly these experiences of fear and panic far surpass what Hercules went through in 60 seconds of footage before he was allowed to stop attempting a stunt.

 

Culture and tradition can be great things, but they can also be flat out wrong. Those willing to remove their cultural lenses for only a moment will quickly realize that the fear felt by Hercules in this short clip is nothing compared to the suffering of animals used by our society for food and entertainment. At the end of the day, Hercules probably curled up on a cozy bed and got extra treats for a hard day’s work; in contrast, the animals within our agricultural system suffer from birth to brutal death.

 

For those of you who were outraged by what happened to Hercules and still consume animal products, I humbly ask you to challenge your cultural conditioning and then to educate yourself on the realities of animal agriculture. The reality is that the animals our society victimizes in the name of food have just as much capacity to feel fear and pain as a dog. The reality is that many of these animals actually have higher intelligence markers than the animals we domesticate as pets. The reality is that no matter what advertising tells you, there are no happy cows in the food industry (or chickens or pigs or goats).

 

One of the most encouraging things for me about this whole situation has been seeing the quick actions that were taken almost immediately after public outcry. So many dog and animal lovers spoke out, that the industry had to respond. Furthermore, many individuals agreed to boycott the film because they did not want to support an animal being treated with cruelty. What could happen if we raised a collective voice against the suffering of animals other than dogs? What could happen if people decided they didn’t want to contribute to any type of animal suffering? I’m inspired just imagining the possibilities.

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Education > Tin Foil Hats: Exposing Meat and Dairy Lies

By Natalie Blanton

So much of what we know about our food, diets, and health has been drastically informed and shaped by self-interested governmental institutions. Now, don’t start forming your tinfoil hats just yet. urlBut do start educating and informing yourself — from sources other than those crafting our realities, particularly around animal welfare in our food system and [hopefully not] on our plates.

Last Tuesday (weekly blog day for SM), we heard from Erin regarding governmental intervention/interruption in the natural world. It is disturbing and upsetting, to say the least. But, this information is vital and we must continue interrogating, questioning, and overturning that norm of viewing/treating animals as nuisances, vermin, commodities, or impracticalities.

Recently, a friend dropped this knowledge bomb on me: the US Department of Agriculture is scrambling to bail out dairy and egg producers. Purchasing no less than $20 million of these products to prop up these producers “who are struggling with low milk prices and a sluggish export market, both of which have chipped away at their earnings. Over the last two years, dairy farmers have seen revenue drop by 35%, according to the USDA,” according to Quartz, see similar articles from Forbes and the Smithsonian Magazine.111213_cow_2d00_blue_2d00_sky

In this season of life (election year), it is unfortunately, and increasingly, common to feel lied to by bureaucratic institutions. More specifically, having been veg-inclined and vehemently against industrial animal agriculture for over a decade, the USDA making terrible ethical and/or economic decisions does not come as a surprise or shock to me. But, buying cheese outright, with our tax money, to protect the meat and dairy industry, over consumers — is not okay. Whether we are doing our best to vote with our dollars and actively avoid supporting these industries or not, our money is still being funneled into keeping these archaic and exploitive (of human, animal, and planet) practices in place.

So often we demonize Wall Street, Walmart, Unilever, and other big corporations — but “Big Ag” or industrial animal agriculture operations continue to fly under the radar — even when they should be at the forefront of allegations of injustice. See some of the recent human/animal rights violations that made the news: Tyson Chicken or Seafood Production Slaves. But, instead of being bogged down, I urge you to stay awake and aware of these issues, get loud, be a voice for the voiceless, and recognize that when the public pressure and spotlight is shone on these issues, producers start to back-peddle on traditional industry standards, reaching new welfare standards and precedents for both laborers and animals, such as recent efforts to end chick culling.

While checking out at the grocery store, the cashier held my asparagus bundle in her hand, and looked up to me with incredulous eyes, “Why does healthy food have to be so expensive?” I nodded and frowned knowingly, as this very issue of healthy food accessibility, and justice, is very much a passion of mine. I oftentimes throw out the question of “Why is an apple more expensive than a Snickers bar?Government subsidies. The US government is married to the meat and dairy industries. Those sectors are continually celebrated and bolstered by government bailouts and protective programs, as previously mentioned. Everything we are taught about eating healthy is informed by these bedfellows, just look at the old food pyramid, that has since been drastically revoked and changed to reflect more of a plant-based whole-foods diet.

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This is a wake up call. If the government wanted to be transparent, and keep posturing these agriculture sectors in positive light, perhaps they would rethink Ag-Gag laws. As for me? I don’t see that happening anytime soon. Thus, here are some helpful links that will further wedge your divide with the governmental darlings that are the meat and dairy industries:

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  • You’ve probably heard the Sage Mountain team raving about Cowspiracy, because that film and movement is so well-researched, and VITAL for the public to consume, and further, digest, and act. If you haven’t yet seen the film, we encourage you to watch it. Here are some facts from their research that are astounding, based on these government food programs:
    • We are currently growing enough food to feed 10 billion people.
    • Worldwide, at least 50% of grain is fed to livestock.
  • Read MEATHOOKED: The History and Science of Our 2.5-Million-Years Obsession With Meat
    • An investigation set to answer a question that has stayed unanswered far too long, while we kept arguing health and ethical aspects of meat consumption: Why do we eat meat at all? What’s so special about meat that it keeps us hooked? From the perspective of evolution, culture, taste, marketing, biochemistry and anthropology, Marta Zaraska sets out to identify all the hooks that make meat a food that humans don’t want to easily give up.
  • What’s the cost of a Big Mac at McDonald’s these days? About $3.50? Not a bad deal (especially when you add on that value meal). But Raj Patel’s The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy delves into a number of costs we haven’t considered:

– The production of Big Macs in the U.S. every year results in a greenhouse gas footprint of 2.66 billion pounds of CO2 ($297 million)

– Costs of corn feed subsidies, courtesy of the common taxpayer ($4.6 billion)

– Costs from “social subsidy” in the form of welfare offered to minimum wage fast-food workers ($273 million)

– Public health costs due to diet-related diseases from excessive meat consumption ($30-60 billion)

– When all is said and done, the cost of a Big Mac should really be around $200 (at least).
Source: Why a Big Mac should cost $200 

And, my personal favorite:

Maybe tinfoil hats are your thing… but, I would argue that by educating yourself, your families, and your communities about the inextricable connections between animal-saturated diets, environmental degradation and climate change, and the growing health concerns associated, will go much further in efforts of sustainability and a hope for a better tomorrow.

Thirsty First Thursday at High West Wanship

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Join Sage Mountain: An Advocate for Farmed Animals for an evening of incredible speakers, delicious plant-based food and cocktails, and opportunity to experience virtual-reality, all at the High West Distillery in Wanship, Utah!

Event is open to the public and a portion of the evening’s proceeds go directly to the Sage Mountain Mission!

Speakers for the evening:
– Jennifer Kilcomons of Meatless in the Mountains — provides easy to make vegan and vegetarian recipes, private catering, and meal delivery in the Park City area.

– Kate Dowden, RN — practices allopathic healthcare to combat and heal poor nutrition, obesity, and cancer through whole foods and plant-based diets. Nurse Kate is passionate about giving people the education and skills required to make a major lifestyle change.

That night, you will have the opportunity to experience Sundance 2016 features: “In the Presence of Animals” and “Factory Farm” through our partnership with Condition One Virtual Reality.

We invite you to enjoy delicious High West Distillery whiskey cocktails and plant-based bites and apps throughout the evening — again, part of the proceeds go to Sage Mountain advocacy, awareness, community education, and sanctuary efforts.

Please RSVP to lauren@sagemtn.org by Friday, May 27th!!

Important Note: Please car pool! Park in lower lot at Blue Sky Ranch. Parking is very limited in the upper lot at Distillery. Shuttle service will be provided from lower lot. See Distillery website for maps and directions:http://www.highwest.com/high-west-distillery/

Sage Mountain Preps New Campaign

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Read Park Record article here