Backyard Slaughter Survivors Head to Sanctuary!

In the summer of 2019, a court shut down multiple illegal backyard slaughter operations in the Fort Meyers, Florida area after the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Foley & Mansfield, Miami filed a nuisance lawsuit on behalf of a neighbor. The lawsuit argued the operations violated both state animal cruelty and slaughter laws following an undercover investigation by Animal Recovery Mission that revealed extreme cruelty—including animals being skinned alive, conscious animals being dragged to slaughter by their heads, tails, and ears, and animals being deprived of food, water, and veterinary care to the point of starvation.

As a result of the lawsuit, the Animal Legal Defense Fund was granted a court order to remove all animals on the properties. Working with Farm Sanctuary, we coordinated the rescue of 46 ducks, 55 chickens, three sheep, five goats, two pigs, a goose, and a pony in April 2020.

Safe from harm, these animals are now headed to sanctuaries that will provide them the love and care that they deserve.

Thank you to our rescue partners Farm Sanctuary, Kindred Spirits Sanctuary (KSS), Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary, Peacefield, Shelter Farm Sanctuary, Yesahcan Sanctuary, and OneProtest.

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