They may be rescued but their suffering is not over. Farmed animals, whose breeding is governed by the animal agriculture industry, suffer a grave insult to their natural health status. The ‘farmed’ animals that we know today merely resemble their free ancestors and the greater the distance that our domestication of them puts between them and the natural heritage to which they are entitled, the more they suffer.
A sanctuary can be defined as a safe place, or refuge. The word also has religious connotations pertaining to sacredness. Indeed, although its founder is a person of no religious beliefs, the name Eden was chosen because of its Biblical reference to a garden or paradise characterised by non-violence, equality, harmony and wellbeing. The ethos of Eden is to simply be a sanctuary for its residents. Many of those residents are ill, in pain, or deeply traumatised. Therefore, Eden is not usually open to the public. It is a private home to its residents, with the same standards of safety, peace, respect for boundaries, and freedom from unwanted intrusion that humans expect in their homes. From time to time, when the residents are well enough, Eden accepts up to two visitors at a time by prior arrangement.