Just wanted to let you all know about this wonderful Animal Sanctuary here in the UK. I have been there many times and it is amazing to see the recovery after the abuse these animals have suffered.
Since founding Redwings Horse Sanctuary in 1984, Wendy Valentine's name has been synonymous with care and concern for horses. In 1995, Wendy formed Hillside Animal Sanctuary after witnessing the plight of the battery hen and has since helped and campaigned for animals in need, particularly those who are so routinely abused in the intensive factory farming industry.
Hillside is now home to over 1000 animals and is one of the UK's most successful campaigning organisations for the animals' cause. We have always known that one of the main reasons animals are left to suffer in factory farms is because people have little or no idea about the immense cruelty involved in their food production. Although most of our rescued animals have been saved from the farming industry, Hillside is home to over 300 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules.
>Following a Hillside investigation, which brought to light appalling conditions that animals were living in on a farm near North Walsham, Norfolk farmers, Maurice Quantrill and June Furness, appeared before Cromer Magistrates facing charges of ill-treating animals. Having changed their original plea of 'not guilty' to that of 'guilty', Mr Quantrill and Mrs Furness received community service and were ordered to pay compensation.
>>>At the time of an RSPCA inspection, they would not accept that the animals were suffering, although Mrs Furness admitted they were thin. When the vet examined the animals, he reported that most had been subject to a prolonged period of malnutrition having utilised all reserves of their body fat and subsequently drawn on their muscle tissue to sustain life.
Both have now been banned from keeping animals for ten years, with the exception of pigs.
Our supporters will already know about a bull, who we named Boris, who we found stuck in three foot of excrement on this farm along with dozens of other animals who needed help. Sadly, due to his traumatic ordeal Boris didn't survive.