Education & Advocacy

Founded in poultry country and now located in dairy land, VINE Sanctuary (formerly Eastern Shore Sanctuary) provides a haven for animals who have escaped or been rescued from the meat, dairy, and egg industries or other abusive circumstances, such as cockfighting, petting zoos, or pigeon shoots. In addition to sheltering and advocating for animals, we conduct research and community education aimed at diet change, agriculture reform, and more effective animal advocacy.

We believe that activists and organizations are most effective when they take advantage of the unique opportunities presented by their locations, standpoints, and skill-sets. Hence we always have sought to do the things that we are in the best position to do.

At the local level, we seek:

  1. To provide sanctuary for local animals who have escaped or been rescued from injurious circumstances;
  2. To learn and teach about the dairy, egg, and poultry industries; and
  3. To demonstrate that both diet change and agriculture reform are both possible and positive.

At the national and international levels, we seek:

  1. As space allows, to offer sanctuary to roosters rescued from cockfighting, cows rescued from dairying, and other animals rescued from other abusive circumstances;
  2. To share our expertise in order to promote rehabilitation rather than euthanization of roosters used in cockfighting;
  3. To speak out as citizens who have lived in regions despoiled by the poultry and dairy industries, in hope of checking the worldwide spread of factory farming;
  4. To promote awareness, among both animal advocate and social or environmental justice activists, of the connections between the exploitation of animals and problems such as poverty, hunger, sexism, racism, violence, and ecocide
  5. To join, promote, and/or coordinate coalition efforts, such as  Global Hunger Alliance, Global Justice for Animals and the Environment, and the alliance of sanctuaries opposed to the “backyard bird” trend; and
  6. To draw upon our long history of activism in various movements in order to increase the efficacy of animal advocacy and liberation organizations.

Please visit our archive for reports, handouts, media coverage, and other documents associated with our multifaceted education and advocacy efforts.