When I asked what a vegan world would look like, I questioned the notion of keeping animals alive for no "productive" (read "useful to humans") purpose. I was quickly schooled that most vegans see farm animal sanctuaries as a temporary stop gap to a world where there are no domesticated animals at all. But in the meantime, sanctuaries are thriving. And here's what it's like to run one of them.The Perennial Plate brings us another beautiful dispatch from the food frontier. And for anyone who found the trapping and killing of feral pigs or the backyard slaughter of turkeys a little too blood-thirsty (Mirra, the veggie-half of The Perennial Plate, could no doubt be included in that description), this episode will be a welcome break.
Whether or not you believe in a world where this is the norm, not the exception, there is still something moving about this visit Star Gazing Farm. Compassion for animals, wherever it is exercised, is an important step toward valuing and respecting the natural world. We can all learn a thing or two from the people who make this their life's calling. Check out my live chat with author Steven Kotler on dog rescue, environmentalism and the importance of inter-species altruism for more on this topic.