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The Rock-itt : January 2012
Last month while watching one of the news channels I saw a feature about Pam Ahern, a lady who has started a rescue mission for mistreated farm animals. Pam was taking in animals that were emaciated and uncared for. Straight away I knew her story belonged in The Rock-itt in our new section devised especially to help our Australian animals and give them a voice so as we can protect them from the cruelty and pain which they do not deserve to suffer. Pam’s feature will join the others we have in our special animal section each month, informing you of how she is caring for these animals in order to bring them back to health and a normal life. I’ll let Pam tell her story and perhaps you can do something to help her achieve her goal in looking after our animal friends. For as long as I can remember animals have always played a huge role in my life, from our household pets, to ponies and finally pigs. Animals have not only chartered my life but changed it forever. Like most people I cared deeply about animals and would never knowingly wish to cause them harm and I cared deeply about justice and doing the right thing. In 2003 what started as a quirky idea for a photo shoot proved life changing for not only me but a pig I named Edgar Alan Pig. The photo shoot came about to raise m edia interest in a campaign I was working on called "Savebabe". The campaign highlighted the plight of pigs in this country and our flawed animal protection legislation that said some animals are more equal than others. So, enter one adorable tiny pink piglet. After the photo shoot a sanctuary was needed for Edgar to live out his days in peace and doing all the things that are important to pigs. But such a place did not exist, so I created Edgar's Mission. I would take Edgar for walks in the park and people would com e from everywhere to marvel at him and his unique brand of piginess. This got me thinking that the best ambassadors for changing the way people think about farmed animals were the animals themselves. Feeling the warmth of a gentle chicken, hearing the friendly grunt of a pig or cuddling a curious cow, can clear the mind and inspire lifelong change in people's attitudes and actions towards these animals who they would otherwise only com e into contact with via their plate. www.edgarsmission.org.au