"We believe that our animals are particularly healing with these children. First of all, the animals have all been abused before coming to The Gentle Barn. Relaying their stories to the children allows them to identify and relate to the pain of the animals. Often times the children share similar pasts. Secondly, as they see that the animals are safe here with us, the children begin to open up, as they too feel safe. Finally, we believe that animals, with their unconditional love and non-judgmental attitude, can often times reach kids more deeply and effectively than people can. As the children learn to love the animals, they simultaneously learn to love a part of themselves. As they learn to understand the animals, they learn to understand a part of themselves."
I believe the injuries inflicted to animals and children stem from the same source... It makes total sense that their mutual experiences will help each the same, to become whole again.
*****************************Roy, Ari, Mercy, and Bob represent 10,000 calves in JUST this ONE facility with thousands more just like it... When you're in the dairy isle - Remember these babies torn from their mothers. Remember that their food AND lives were stolen from them! PLEASE, please - You would not deliberately make a victim of any human child - Please don't make victims of the nonhuman ones either. There are countless alternatives...
Eat Gently. Live with Mercy. Go Vegan.