Health Care is Not a Luxury Good

Is your vet vegan?

Would you bring your child to a doctor who would eat them? Probably not. But when rescues seek care for our farm sanctuary species, we are faced with exactly that dilemma.

If your vet is vegan, consider yourself among a tiny minority. Isn’t it odd that people who are trained to save the lives of animals bend over backwards to save your cat yet will go to lunch and have a corpse of another species on their plate?

While treating a pet animal as a child and another species as nothing more than a potential meal, these different animals who feel pain and joy the same, those who value their lives no differently, they are given totally different health outcomes. The veterinary industry is wholly responsible for the lack of treatment options available for animals who many people consider breeding merely machines used for human consumption. Anyone managing a farm sanctuary anywhere in the world can tell you that the lack of research dedicated to making a pig, chicken, or cow comfortable and healthy for their entire natural lifespan has been the cause of great frustration and missed opportunities for care for their rescues.

When we speak out for all animals, we do so from experience watching our rescues suffer and be denied the care they deserve because of their species. We know cats and dogs in Vietnam have limited options for care throughout the country, something we have worked extremely hard to rectify to no avail, and the outcry for that is extremely loud. Yet when we see our birds and pigs in distress, there is often no one to back us up. No outcry from the public on their behalf. We must email vets around the world hoping for help from one who works with farm sanctuaries and will see our case. Luckily we were able this time to get assistance for Lola’s hormone issues from the vets in Da Nang, but when we need our pig Lola spayed, this is impossible in this country because no competent vets have have the experience and tools necessary to safely perform the surgery. This is a surgery most vets never perform in their entire career because the demand for the procedure is too low. Two billion pigs are murdered unnecessarily for their flesh every year and their short and miserable lives in that system are not considered worthy of making comfortable or healthy beyond the point that they are valuable as food. Spaying a female is counterproductive to the industrial machine of making more animals to murder and consume, thus it is not a common procedure to be taught.

The animals that are not sleeping in our beds, catching mice in our barns, or being dressed up like dolls for human entertainment deserve much better than what the veterinary industry has thus far been able to provide them. Much like we need a total paradigm shift in human health care to re-balance inequity among race and gender, we need a revolution within the veterinary industry to change the gross inequity in health outcomes among species.

Lola matters.

Julian matters.

Louise, India, Peaches, Bing, Duc, Quasimodo, and so many others we have rescued over the years from species that suffer the greatest suffering at the hands of humans all deserve the right to live out their lives in comfort and good health no differently from the cats and dogs they live among.

As we are stuck in lockdown now and half our staff are abroad waiting for the borders to open, we have the time to better prepare for the continuation of our non-speciesist veterinary programs, farm sanctuary work, and vegan animal rights education programs. While our platform is unpopular with the animal-eating, “animal lovers”, we continue to fight for all species equally as they deserve as the truth about the science and morality about animal sentience of all species remains on our side. Health care should never be a luxury good, not for any race, gender, or species. We stand by that principle and look forward to getting back to work.
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