Between 30-40 cattle will leave Irish shores to travel to Hillside Animal Sanctuary in the UK later this month, once sufficient funds have been raised through a GoFundMe campaign, That’s Farming understands.
In a statement released to That’s Farming, ‘Santuary not Slaughter’ outlined that heifers and calves from Cork and Clare will depart in the next consignment - some of the animals will leave Jill Smith’s farm.
Last year, Jill Smith, a farmer in the South of Ireland decided to send her dairy herd to the UK sanctuary as opposed to a slaughterhouse - the first to leave a farmyard in Ireland to retire to a sanctuary.
‘How could I send them to Slaughter when there is this option for them? After all these years, they deserve more from me and they are very bonded,’ she explained. ‘I can retire with peace of mind now, knowing they will live out their days together.’ Jill outlined. Sharon Shannon visited the farmer after she learned of her ‘noble and admirable decision’.
Hillside Animal Sanctuary
Hillside Animal Sanctuary was founded by Wendy Valentine, whose name is synonymous with care and concern for animals in need and she is in constant contact with the farmer.
Joseph Ahearne Murphy, an animal rescuer, co-ordinates the transport to Hillside Animal Sanctuary. ‘I am so grateful to Joe for helping me get them to the safety of a sanctuary. The support is wonderful,’ she said.