Introducing a new feature in News in a Flash that focuses on a different member organization of The Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals.
Fauna Foundation is recognized around the world as a leading sanctuary for and centre of expertise on chimpanzees. Founded in 1997 on about 100 acres of land east of Montreal, Fauna provides permanent refuge for various animals, but has focused its efforts on chimps, rescued mainly from labs and zoos and other similar places where they are exploited for research or entertainment.
Fauna was the first sanctuary to accept HIV-infected chimps. It also has taken in chimps with severe behavioural issues, as in the case of Rachel, profiled on the Fauna website
and pictured below.
"Before Rachel was abandoned at LEMSIP," her profile reads, "she lived in Florida. Taking bubble baths and wearing frilly dresses, Rachel was someone's pet. Then when she was not even 3 years old, her 'nanny' brought her to the lab. There Ch-514 was involved in 3 studies enduring 39 punch liver biopsies. Mostly she was treated for the wounds and abrasions to her wrists and neck that were self-inflicted during the many anxiety attacks she had. She also suffers from the 'phantom hand' syndrome. She has bitten all of her nails to the quick rubbing them until there is nothing left..."
Rachel's story is a stark reminder of not only the intelligence and sensitivity of chimps, but also the importance of a place like Fauna and the people who run it: founder Gloria Grow; her partner, veterinarian Richard Allan; her sister Dawna Grow; Advisory Board experts such as Jane Goodall; and the countless volunteers who help out.
You can learn more, visit the Foundation on Facebook and sign up for the Fauna newsletter here.
And you can find out about CCFA’s other supporting organizations here
"We're all animals"
2013 was no doubt a banner year for Jo-Anne McArthur. Not only was she the (human) subject of the critically acclaimed film The Ghosts in Our Machine
but, just as the year came to a close, her stunning book We Animals
came off the presses. (Whew!)
Together, the film and book make for a telling profile of not only the animals in front of the camera, but the woman behind it. McArthur, a Toronto-based photographer and activist, has gone to incredible lengths to open the doors and remove the blinders that too often disconnect people from the non-human animals they eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment.
“Exposing these issues is really important — for the animals, for us, for the environment, for our health,” she says in a recent CBC Radio interview. “So it needs to be done.” When questioned about the title of her book, McArthur replies simply, “We’re all animals, aren’t we? And in all my work, I’m trying to bring it back to that: That we’re all…sentient creatures, and we’re all capable of suffering and happiness and curiosity — and even jealousy. I want that to come across in the title and in all the photos that I take.”
The wide-ranging media coverage received by both book and film
includes not only the above-noted CBC interview
but also this article
in Psychology Today
, which takes a deeper dive into animal intelligence and emotion, and the compelling argument for animal rights.
As a sidenote: McArthur has been a longtime CCFA supporter, and her book (page 178) documents a CCFA battery-cage protest several years ago outside Loblaws. Way to go Jo-Anne — thank you for everything you do for all
COMING HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
In early December, one of CCFA's directors was able to rescue a hen who had escaped from a facility that sells chickens. Wandering outside, frightened, cold and hungry, she was rescued the night before a big snowstorm. She was very difficult to secure because she was so afraid of people. Some wonderful supporters of rescued farm animals have taken her into their barn, and she's now slowly getting used to humans — and has grown deeply attached to a rescued duck!