Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals

When a small brown box arrived at our PO Box with a stunning photograph of a goat taped to the outside of it, I knew at once that the box contained something special.  I mean, a goat.  How perfect.

Inside was Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals by Sharon Lee Hart, a book celebrating individuals who have managed to make it out of the human food system alive.  Done in black and white, the pictures show more than just cute animal portraits.  Each picture embodies the personality of each of the animals.  You’ll be met with these gorgeous faces with eyes that seem to speak to you directly from the pages of the book.  Alongside each portrait is a handwritten account from the sanctuary where each one now lives of how they made it to safety.

You’ll learn about Mata Hari, an elusive ewe who managed to evade capture for months in Ann Arbor.  Hermie, a tiny chick rescued from a reptile show where he was destined to be snake food.  Terrain, the sole survivor of a hatching project.  Dee Dee, a hen from Harlem who was rescued from a live meat market by a homeless man.  Or Mary Jane, a runty sick pig that someone had purchased from an Amish family for $7.  And many others.

Mixed in are loving tributes and stories about animals who have touched the lives of those around them, as told from the sanctuary owners and workers themselves.  It’s a beautiful compilation, guaranteed to make you smile and tear up all at the same time.

Each day millions of animals are treated as mere things, to be used and discarded at the whim of humans.  It can be an overwhelming thing once you open your eyes to it.  This book is a reminder, a touching and beautiful reminder, of what we are all working so hard to achieve- freedom and autonomy for all animals.  I can’t recommend this book enough.

One lucky YDV Reader is going to win a copy of Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals signed by Sharon Lee Hart as part of our Gratitude Giveaways.  Not familiar with our Gratitude Giveaways?  It’s a month-long celebration of YDV Readers where we’ve partnered up with some fantastic companies to give you some awesome vegan swag.  After all, we’d be nowhere without our readers.  It’s our way of saying thank you for your constant support.  Really, thank you.

If you aren’t the lucky winner, you can purchase a copy of the book at and 10% of the proceeds will be donated back to the sanctuaries.

How To Enter:

To enter to win one signed copy of Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals, you can do any of the actions below.  Each action counts as a separate entry, so make sure you leave a comment for each one you do (winners are selected from these comments only)!  So many ways to enter, so many ways to win! Good Luck!

  1. Leave a comment on this post.
  2. Tweet about the giveaway! Make sure you link to this post.
  3. Like Your Daily Vegan on Facebook.
  4. Like Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals on Facebook.
  5. Mention this giveaway on your own blog or in a blog post!

No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited and all that.  Contest runs March 4, 2013 through March 12, 2013.

UPDATE MARCH 12, 2013: The winner was chosen using a random number generator and is Allyson D.  Thank you all for entering!

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