The Gentle Barn Saves Lives
Over the past several years, The Gentle Barn
has been rescuing animals from an abusive and filthy Southern California
backyard butcher. To date, The Gentle Barn has rescued over 50 animals from
After many months working with Los Angeles
County Animal Care and Control and the District Attorney, the backyard butcher
has been arrested on 13 felony and misdemeanor charges and all the animals have
been removed from his property and are now recovering at The Gentle Barn. The
way the animals were being slaughtered for human consumption was ruthless and
the public was being sold potentially contaminated meat.
The LA County Animal Care trucks started
pouring onto The Gentle Barn property at about 11:30 Tuesday morning, April 3rd.
In those trucks were over 20 goats and sheep (including several babies), 5
adult cows and a badly mistreated horse from the backyard butcher’s location.
All the animals are emaciated and terrified, many with open sores, infected lungs,
parasites, fevers and hacking coughs. Some of the goats have been blinded from
untreated eye infections. The horse has an open, infected wound on her leg that
goes to the bone and is clearly causing her incredible pain.
This is a tremendous victory, not only for the
animals, but for public safety as well. Backyard butchers are not licensed or
controlled and are typically abusive and filthy places, selling meat from
animals riddled with diseases, some of which are potentially transferable to
“We recognize that people have many choices as
to what they eat and where they purchase their food,” said Ellie Laks, Founder
of The Gentle Barn. “We encourage people
to consider a plant-based diet. But no matter what you choose, everyone should
be selective about the source of their meat and not buy from backyard butchers.”
The rescued animals, now safe at The Gentle
Barn, need extensive medical treatment, top quality nutrition, and round the
clock loving care to heal. They will now live the rest of their lives with
people who will give them the best care possible. To make a donation to help these
animals recover, please visit gentlebarn.org.
The Gentle Barn Foundation is a non-profit
organization that was founded by Ellie Laks in 1999 as a safe haven and place
of recovery for abused farm animals and children. The Gentle Barn is open to
the public Sundays from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.