Before coming to Farm Sanctuary, Alice lived with a girl who had purchased her for a 4-H project. In 4-H and Future Farmers of America farm-animal programs, young participants typically raise their animals to be shown at local fairs, and “complete” their projects by selling them at auction. Sadly, this often means that the animals they’ve loved and cared for wind up on the slaughter line.
If not for an often-misunderstood diagnosis, this likely would have been Alice’s fate. But instead, she was discovered to have caseous lymphadenitis, or CL — a contagious, incurable disease that causes abscesses throughout the body. As a result, her young guardian’s step-father deemed Alice useless; because of her illness, she wouldn’t sell at auction. Additionally, he did not want to risk keeping Alice and having the disease spread among the family’s healthy animals. The man considered shooting her as a means of “putting her out of her misery” — but anyone who’s met Alice can see that there’s nothing miserable about her. She’s a happy, active girl in spite of her condition, and the man decided that she deserved to live the life she so clearly loved.