Dean Farm Trust – A potted History

13 Years ago I spent many months reading about the factory farming industry and its associated trades. As you can imagine I was horrified and disgusted that we so called humanitarian animal lovers could treat sentient animals in this way. I was also shocked that in this 21st century farmers, governments, councils and other bodies that are supposedly here to protect the animals, it would appear have nothing more on the agenda except to make money. They profess to have all theses policies and procedures in place to ensure animals do not go through undue stress, pain and terror whilst being farmed or in transit their final destination however it would seem that they do not care and turn a blind eye.

Through research it also became apparent that the environmental impact this farming has, far exceeds that of emissions from cars, the extensive loss of habitat in the rainforests and water shortages in developing countries. I also read of the horrors of the abuse animals are subject to in the entertainment industry, research and sport.

In May of 2004 I read the book The Silent Ark by Juliet Gellatley the Founder of the Charity Viva!, and on finishing it I new I couldn‘t sit back; carry on with my life without trying to help. I went vegetarian immediately and within months became vegan.

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 a high profile 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.

How can I do it?

My background has always been in the recruitment industry and for the past 18 years 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 an agency with its sole aim being to fund a sanctuary could work.

My idea was to use the skills I had to help finance the sanctuary, which I knew could cost millions.

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 and 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.

It is through this sheer driving force that 11 years on from setting up Dean Healthcare Janette Fry and myself can now give our time to campaigning and the Sanctuary.

In 2007 Dean Farm Trust was incorporated, and in October 2008 it became registered with the Charities Commission.

However, with the demanding needs of the business it meant that we could not launch the Sanctuary until 2013, when it had its first arrivals.

We now have over 100 rescued animals across 62 acres of pasture, fields, woodland and housing.

My time is now dedicated to the Sanctuary and campaigning to raise awareness and promote compassionate living to help reduce animal suffering.

Mary Frankland

Founder and Trustee

Dean Farm Trust