Rescue & Adoptions
2007 Featured Rescues
Brooklyn Goat Escapes Slaughter
aimlessly among the alleyways and busy streets of Brooklyn, NY,
Joey, a young floppy-eared goat around six months old, easily stood
out to passersby. Joey's ear was tagged for slaughter, indicating
he most likely escaped from one of the multiple live markets or
slaughterhouses scattered throughout Brooklyn and other boroughs
in New York City. Upon entering a busy intersection on Hoyt Street,
someone took notice of this out-of-place farm animal and called
the Brooklyn branch of Animal Care & Control of New York City
(AC&C). Though able to rescue him from the city streets, AC&C
is not able to keep farm animals in their shelters, so Farm Sanctuary
was called, and we welcomed him to our New York Shelter.
is a Boer goat, a larger breed originally from South Africa bred
specifically for meat. Around the world goats are often used for
their meat, milk and hair. In fact, goat meat consumption in the
U.S. has increased by 64 percent from 1999 to 2003, due in large
part to increased consumption of ethnic foods, including Latin American,
Middle Eastern and Caribbean cuisine. According to a meat industry
news source, by October 2004 there were between 30 and 40 live markets
in New York City alone, of varying sizes. They provide various types
of newly slaughtered meats to local residents, including goat meat.
Though goat farming is on the rise nationally, goat meat is in such
high demand that the U.S. imports over 18 million pounds each year
from both New Zealand and Australia.
in safe hands at Farm Sanctuary, Joey will receive a full medical
check to make sure he is healthy. He will then be introduced to
the other 34 goats residing at Farm Sanctuary's New York Shelter.
All have come from various rescue and abuse cases across the U.S.,
including one goat, Simon, who was also rescued off the streets
of Brooklyn, found near several live markets. Other slaughterhouse
escapees residing at Farm Sanctuary's New York Shelter include
Queenie, a cow who escaped a slaughterhouse in Queens, NY, Cinci
Freedom, a cow who jumped a 6-foot fence at a slaughterhouse in
Cincinnati, OH, and Annie Dodge, a cow who escaped an auction house
is so lucky to have been rescued from the horrors of slaughter.
He is young, lively and ready to play! Goats are often compared
to dogs in their temperament and personalities. Anyone who has the
chance to visit and meet Farm Sanctuary's rescued goats will soon
realize why. Each goat has a unique personality, worthy of all the
love and attention anyone is willing to offer.
and Farm Sanctuary's other brave escapees are ambassadors for other
farm animals unable to free themselves from their slaughterhouse
fates. Through his gallant getaway Joey challenges the notion that
farm animals are meant for slaughter, disputing the misguided belief
that animals exist for human purposes. We are thrilled that Joey
has become part of the Farm Sanctuary family and hope, one day,
that all goats and other farm animals will be able to live safe
from slaughter forever.