That was not always the plan. Students participating in Future Farmers of America (FFA) at Fullerton raise and care for animals on the schools’ adjacent farm to be auctioned off at the Orange County Fair- where they are mostly purchased to be slaughtered for food. Students learn that this is a natural part of the farming cycle; still, many grieve the loss of their animals and yearn for other options. Though the students technically “own” the animals, the program expects them to follow through with the plans they had agreed on to prepare them for the realities of farm life.
But a change of heart by one student leader who contacted Farm Sanctuary led to a chain reaction which resulted in two sheep and three goats being spared. Phry and Shawn sheep have joined our Southern California Shelter, while Pam, Kevin, and Bruce goats have a new home at Sage Mountain Sanctuary—a member of our Farm Animal Adoption Network.