Let’s Be Honest
When was the last time you hugged a cow? Or the last time you saw an ox playing and jumping next to you? Or the last time you hugged a horse? For most people, even vegans, it has never happened.
The majority of humans today have lost connection with farm animals, and so they don’t feel what these animals feel, nor hear what they are trying to communicate to us. Most of us believe animals are just different, but the reality is animals have the same basic needs as humans — they eat, sleep, feel, think, love and socialize, just likes humans do.
Most of us have had a dog or cat whom we have developed a loving bond with, and yet for some odd reason, we feel farm animals like cows, chickens and pigs are incapable of such expression.
At Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary (JAS), we want people to have a real connection with animals that they would normally only see on their dinner tables. When we connect with farm animals like we do with our animals at home, we feel a natural affinity and begin to see all animals as equals, worthy of love and respect.
Contact us if you’d like to visit our farm and reconnect with animals.
Actions Speak Louder than Words
Just about everyone cares for animals, at least in their mind, but when it comes to practically expressing that care and concern, few are willing to stand up and take real action.
Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary is one of a kind in South America — a continent famous for it’s rearing of cattle to support the expanding burger industries in the United States, China and Europe. Our 2-hectare farm is located 40 minutes outside of Bogota, the capital city of Colombia, and is the only animal sanctuary in all of South America that protects cows.
“The main goal of the sanctuary is to teach people to respect all living beings,” explains Juliana. She and the other volunteers believe all living beings are spiritually equal. Many animals today do not get the love and respect they deserve and Juliana’s Animal sanctuary is an example of love in action.
The project began in 2009 with a desire is to protect one of the most abused animals in the world: cows. In the United States alone, around 5 billion cows are killed annually for food while hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats are abandoned by their owners. The animals at Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary were also abandoned, or rescued from slaughterhouses and test laboratories.
The abuse of all kinds of animals in Colombia is enormous. Even bull fighting is legal. However, with most people just trying to make ends meet, animal issues are low on their list of concerns and the government offers no help to animal charities.
Farm Animals Slaughtered in Colombia Annually
- 4,124,658 dairy cows
- 3,500,000 pigs
- 600,000,000 chickens
Bogota has more than 350,000 street dogs at any one time. To manage this overpopulation of street animals, a government sponsored office called Zoonosis euthenizes an estimated 25,000 animals a year in Bogota. We plan to sponsor a mass sterilization program for these street animals, along with various education initiatives and reconnection programs for schoolchildren to enlighten the public and bring about a real change of perception.
Meat-Free Monday Campaign
It has been more than 10 years since I began distributing free vegan food to people in need and to children at schools in Bogota. This passion for educating people about the plight of farm animals has now enabled us to join forces with the McCartney family to introduce Meat-free Mondays into Colombia and to expand our vegan education outreach efforts with the help of one of the most famous people in the world.
We plan to:
- Invite the public, especially school children to visit our sanctuary and interact with the animals.
- Conduct vegan cooking classes.
- Educate the public about the benefits of a meat-free diet
Visit the new Lunes Sin Carne website
Our Sanctuary is unique in that is also the only sanctuary in South America that offers reiki services. We are accredited by Kathleen Prasada’s Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA). See the video endorsement by Kathleen Prasad.
There are many millions of animals that are in terrible pain with no hope of shelter and so no amount of shelters can save them all, but we can do the following…
- PROJECT 1: Street Sterilization
The main problem here is that cats and dogs in the street are multiplying daily. We need to slow down the expansion. So I want to get monthly donations to sponsor the sterilization of dogs and cats in the street. The ones who are in better condition we can also help to find a home for them. But even if we are unable to find them a home, at least they are not going to multiply.
- PROJECT 2: Senior Animal Care
I want to help senior animals and those in special need. At a typical animal shelter in my country, if the dogs are old or their medicine is too expensive, they are “put to sleep.” In other words, they kill them in a ‘sweet way’ without a care to ask them if they want to continue living or to go play with their friends.I would like to give these very sick and old animals a second chance; to honour their seniority and show them that if it is their time to leave this world they can do so surrounding by love with all the medicine and care they need. I’ve been doing this at my sanctuary since the beginning and I’d like to do more.I also want to help those animals with mental scars; the ones that have been abused by humans and try to find a place here or in other countries where they can get the special care they need to heal their “wounds.” My unique connection with animals is that they allow me to communicate with them and I have a special ability to understand what they are saying to me and can respond in ways that makes them feel happy and safe again.
- PROJECT 3: Education and Vegan Advocacy
We plan to educate people to understand why they should not slaughter innocent animals for food; why they deserve respect like us; why we have to honour their life and why we have to help those without a voice in any way possible. We want to teach them about the value of a plant-based diet, for health, the economy and the environment.I believe, without a doubt, that the way to a happier world is through honoring the equality of all beings and I want to be a catalyst for this change. I want to be an instrument for animals to explain to humans what they want, what they feel, what they need, and what they love.