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Watkins Glen, NY - January 9, 2007 - On Saturday, January 6, Farm<br><br>
Sanctuary, the nation's leading farm animal protection organization,<br><br>
welcomed Joey the goat to its New York Shelter. A young goat around six<br><br>
months old, was found on Wednesday, January 3, wandering among<br><br>
pedestrians in Brooklyn, New York in a busy intersection on Hoyt<br><br>
Street. The Brooklyn branch of Animal Care & Control of New York City<br><br>
(AC&C) was called in to rescue him, after receiving a call from a local<br><br>
resident. Joey is a Boer goat, a larger breed originally from South<br><br>
Africa. Given his ear tag, Brooklyn AC&C determined he must have<br><br>
escaped a slaughterhouse.<br><br><br><br>
Around the world goats are often used for their meat, milk and hair. In<br><br>
fact, goat meat consumption in the U.S. has increased by 64 percent<br><br>
from 1999 to 2003, due in large part to increased consumption of ethnic<br><br>
foods, including Latin American, Middle Eastern and Caribbean cuisine.<br><br>
Brooklyn, NY is home to multiple slaughterhouses that provide goat meat<br><br>
to local communities and other parts of the U.S.<br><br><br><br>
"Joey is very lucky to have found his way to Farm Sanctuary," said<br><br>
Susie Coston, Farm Sanctuary's New York Shelter director, "So many<br><br>
goats aren't as fortunate and more and more are slaughtered for their<br><br>
meat every year in the U.S. Goats are often compared to dogs in their<br><br>
temperament and personalities, and I can see why. Each one of our<br><br>
rescued goats is a unique individual, and if one takes the time to know<br><br>
Joey, Simon, Pearl, TJ, Elvis, Jerry Lee or any of the rest, they would<br><br>
never consider eating them."<br><br><br><br>
Now safe at Farm Sanctuary, Joey will receive a full medical check to<br><br>
make sure he is healthy. He will then be introduced to the other 34<br><br>
goats residing at Farm Sanctuary's New York Shelter. All have come<br><br>
from various rescue and abuse cases across the U.S., including one<br><br>
goat, Simon, who was also rescued off the streets of Brooklyn, found<br><br>
near several live markets. Other slaughterhouse escapees residing at<br><br>
Farm Sanctuary's New York Shelter include Queenie, a cow who escaped<br><br>
a slaughterhouse in Queens, NY, Cinci Freedom, a cow who jumped a<br><br>
6-foot fence at a slaughterhouse in Cincinnati, OH, and Annie Dodge, a<br><br>
cow who escaped an auction house in Vermont.<br><br><br><br>
"These escape artists challenge the notion that farm animals are<br><br>
meant for slaughter," added Coston. "Joey, and the rest of our<br><br>
escapees had the will and the means to run for their lives. I can't<br><br>
help but wonder how many others would escape, if only given the<br><br>
About Farm Sanctuary<br><br>
Farm Sanctuary is the nation's leading farm animal protection<br><br>
organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to<br><br>
expose and stop cruel practices of the "food animal" industry through<br><br>
research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public<br><br>
awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge<br><br>
efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, NY and Orland, CA<br><br>
provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become<br><br>
ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the<br><br>
realities of factory farming. Additional information can be found at<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"></a> or by calling 607-583-2225.
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