“The greatest problem on earth today is the notion that some lives matter less than others. We imagine that non-human lives hardly matter at all. We live as though our difference from other species entitles us to use them and that they exist for our benefit. This view is not only inaccurate, it is unethical.”
Eden Farmed Animal Sanctuary in Co Meath, Ireland, is a vegan home where rescued farmed animals are given sanctuary for life and where they are regarded with the dignity and respect that is their right. We may be different species but we have equal rights to be here.
We also have equal rights to freedom from exploitation, and from the deliberate infliction of suffering and unnecessary death at the hands of others, regardless of how normalised that suffering is in the socio-cultural context in which it is embedded. Many people are unaware of the extent of the suffering that other animals endure when used by us for food.
It is impossible for us to take their bodies in death, or their eggs or milk or feathers, or any other part of themselves in life, without costing them the highest possible price – horrendous pain, loss of liberty, loss of their children and their families, and finally loss of their lives. At Eden we honour the rights of a group of living beings whose rights violations in this respect constitute the most serious social justice issue faced today. We begin to honour them living vegan and working towards the abolition of breeding animals for human use. Our lifestyle is predicated on the philosophy of Ahimsa and the view that no one’s life is worth more than another, regardless of species.
The residents of Eden have been saved from a life of painful exploitation and certain death, usually in their infancy or early childhoods. No longer exploited for food that is neither necessary nor beneficial to humans, we restore to them as much liberty as possible. At Eden they are facilitated to have lives that are as enjoyable as they can be.
A sanctuary can be defined as a safe place, or refuge. The word also has religious connotations pertaining to sacredness. Indeed, although its founder is a person of no religious beliefs, the name Eden was chosen because of its Biblical reference to a garden or paradise characterised by non-violence, equality, harmony and wellbeing. The ethos of Eden is to simply be a sanctuary for its residents.
Many of those residents are ill, in pain, or deeply traumatised. Therefore, Eden is not usually open to the public. It is a private home to its residents, with the same standards of safety, peace, respect for boundaries, and freedom from unwanted intrusion that humans expect in their homes. From time to time, when the residents are well enough, Eden accepts up to two visitors at a time by prior arrangement.
Some of the residents at Eden have taken on the role of ambassador of their species. You can read their stories on the blog section of the site. Please remember that the only difference between these remarkable beings, and the billions of animals we harm every year, is that the residents at Eden had someone to tell their story while the billions of others die unrecognised.
You can change their lives by going vegan.
Thank you for considering a donation to Eden. Eden depends on donations for the care and maintenance of the resident’s home, as well as for their day to day requirements for food and their veterinary care.