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Vegeteers Tour R.A.S.T.A Farm Sanctuary in Chemainus, BC

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Thank you to Trish, Alina & Sigrid for documenting the recent trip to R.A.S.T.A 

The Vegeteers tour of R.A.S.T.A Farm Sanctuary was loads of fun and educational as well. Such a wonderful opportunity to get up close and personal with some animals that we may not normally have the opportunity to see. They are very respectful of the animals. The founder, Lucie let everyone know that it is not a petting zoo and that contact will be at the behest of the animals. Lucie also includes a mandatory presentation on factory farming. Coming from Alberta, they have seen some horrors such as terrified horses being auctioned off by the pound. Lucie and her partner were once parked on the side of a highway filming a slaughterhouse when an employee came out with a shotgun and threatened them. They are dedicated, passionate and serious about taking the very best care of the animals in their charge.

Lucie’s presentation was effective. If you were not aware of the inherent cruelty in factory farming you would certainly have your eyes opened.








Lucie provided background on the animals and their rescues. It was heartwarming to see the animals so well loved and cared for.

Penny the Piglet immediately captured everyone’s hearts. She managed to escape off of a truck bound for a slaughterhouse in Saskatchewan. She bravely jumped off at 100 km/hr and was rescued by a man who saw her jump and roll into a ditch. Sometimes it takes a village and that was the case with Penny who had many fans help along the way until she reached her new Mama, Lucie and her fantastic new home at R.A.S.T.A where she will undoubtedly live happily ever after.

Penny-Anne enjoys a close-up with a Piglet






Sage and a Pot Bellied friend







Handsome Turkey






Lucie with Theodore who was rescued off of the floor where he was left to die, not even deemed worthy of becoming veal. Theodore is very gentle and a big boy. If he continues growing, he may end up in the Guinness Book of World Records!







Pirate with his $2,000 prosthetic. Pirate weighs 300 lbs and will grow to be 700lbs. Breeding and use of hormones has caused Pigs to have problems supporting their weight.






Susan and Lisa giving love to miniature donkeys Tango and Romeo. These two came from a petting zoo and were rescued in the nick of time. They were about to be weighed and sold as meat.






Oh, that feels good.







Lucie with Vegeteers







Theodore with admirers














One of two very senior Llamas












Time to go home 🙂

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