Welcome to Dean Farm Trust

We believe in compassion, life & empowerment – all factors that contribute to a sustainable, healthy & cruelty free planet.

By providing information on the use of animals in factory farming, intensive breeding & cruel sports we seek to enable cruelty free choices and wider awareness.

We hope you enjoy looking through our website, discovering the work we do, and about the animals we look after here at the Sanctuary.

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Latest News

The Canadian Government is still allowing thousands of baby seals to be killed annually for their soft fur. Outrage from many quarters means that many of the markets have completely dried up. The European Union, the USA and Russia have all banned the import of seal fur and growth in the Chinese market is nowhere near as large as expected. Sadly,...

Spring is in the Air! We would like to give a very warm welcome to the new addition to our team: Alice recently joined us as a groom.She is settling in well and has already won over the residents, even the naughty ones! New Arrivals This week we had four new arrivals at the sanctuary - one miniature Shetland and three donkeys. They...

Last year Heston Blumenthall changed supplier for his foie gras after an exposé showed the appalling condition of birds there. Viva! and others have campaigned since to persuade the celebrity chef that in fact no foie gras is ever ethical. It is great to hear that Heston has agreed and is no longer using this cruel product at all. Well done to Viva!...

This week, Derbyshire County Council revealed that those behind the enormous proposed farm in Foston have withdrawn their application after a long battle...

I am glad February has been a quiet month at the Sanctuary as this winter weather has made the paddocks very muddy and slippery. Pudding and Sammy are racing around as if it is spring time  - mud and hooves flying everywhere. Not content with playing by themselves they have also been goading the elderly residents into playing, which Rosie...

Settling In Our rescued pygmy pigs Tall Paul and Mini Mac are settling in well. The thin, shy little boys who arrived just before Christmas certainly have come out of their shells. They are loving life, their bed, the sheep's bed, their food and their paddock. The only thing that is slightly strange is that they do not root the ground...

New Residents at the Sanctuary

Happy Hens

We rescued 10 ex battery (enriched caged) hens at the end of November throughBHWT. They are all settling in well and have found their feet.

November News The ponies are now in their bedroom at night, for all our residents, especially the elderly. This gives them safety and warmth on these cold winter nights. Just because they are native breeds and can live out does not mean they don’t enjoy the security and warmth of a stable or shelter at night. Every evening they are waiting patiently,...

Getting Ready for Winter October has been a quiet month with all the animals behaving themselves and no mishaps. This could be the calm before winter arrives. The straw and shavings have arrived and the ponies will be in at night time. Sooty, who is now 25, really does hate the rain and Brambles, who is a very old 18 due...