In 2004 I spent many months reading about the factory farming of animals , and it’s associated industries. I was shocked and could not believe how each year billions of animals are intensively farmed, and the immense suffering that they are subjected to.
Through research it also became apparent the impact this farming has on the the environment, not to mention loss of habitats and water shortages in developing countries. I also researched the extent of abuse animals are subject to in the entertainment industry, research and sport.
In May of 2004 I knew I couldn’t sit back and carry on with my life without trying to do something.
I spent the next six months meeting with founders of charities, and organisations, and racked my mind thinking how can I help, what can I do that would make a real difference.
I wanted to set up an animal education centre and sanctuary and spend my time campaigning.
I thought how on earth can I set up a charity to show and educate people about where their bacon roll or chicken tikka masala comes from, whilst at the same time offering a sanctuary for some of these animals? I had no experience of this and no money.
My background has always been in the recruitment industry, I had worked for many recruitment companies both large and small in the role of consultant.
The last thing I wanted to do was to go back into this industry having come out of it to get involved in animal welfare. However, this was where my skills lay and I knew if I really wanted this idea to work then setting up a recruitment agency with its sole aim to be able to set up a sanctuary could work.
A big challenge perhaps… but fuelled by the fact that no matter how hard it would be, no matter how many hurdles I would have to face, how exhausting, relentless and all consuming it could become, it would never be as painful as what the animals subject to factory farming and other industries were going through, and so work began.
It took years to raise the money and to find the right location and in December 2016 Dean Farm Animal Sanctuary moved to its site in Shirenewton, Chepstow, South Wales and is currently home to over 130 animals.
My time is now dedicated to the Sanctuary and campaigning to raise awareness and promote compassionate living to help reduce animal suffering.
Founder and Trustee,
Dean Farm Trust
A KEY YEAR
In 2003, Mary became aware of the horrible side of the factory farming industry and its associated trades – this ultimately lead to the formation of Dean Farm Trust in 2007
ACRES OF LAND
We now occupy over 62 acres of pasture, fields, woodland and housing– ensuring that our rescued animals have the space to live a happy life.
Rescued animals including Miniature Shetland ponies, Exmoor ponies, donkeys, pigs, sheep and ex-battery hens are all given a home for life.
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