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our mission is kindness


Edgar’s Mission is a not for profit organisation that seeks to create a humane and just world for humans and non-humans. We endeavour to achieve this by education, advocacy and empowerment.

Edgar’s Mission started with a pig. This is his story.


WHAT WE DO Animal Care Animal care is obviously a big part of life at Edgar’s Mission. We have the responsibility of the health and well being of over 100 residents. Humane Education Edgar’s Mission’s Joining the Dots Humane Education Programme is a proud participant in the Victorian government’s Education Week. We are happy will come out to your school or you are invited to join us at the Sanctuary in Kilmore. Rehoming Do you have what it takes? Are you able to provide a life long, loving and knowledgeable home for a rescued farm animal? We here at Edgar’s Mission believe that all animals deserve to have a life worth living, if you think you are able to provide one, please complete our prospective adoptors form and return to us, we will keep you details confidential and on file and notify you when a suitable animal is seeking your home. Outreach We want to inform people about how their lifestyle and dietary choices are making an impact on animals. We believe that meeting our animal ambassadors and by learning about the plight of farm animals will empower the public to make more informed and compassionate choices.


THE PIG WHO STARTED IT ALL The arrival of James Cromwell, ‘Farmer Hoggett’ from the hit movie “Babe”, in Australia in May 2003 represented a golden opportunity to highlight the plight of pigs. James, a passionate animal activist, readily agreed. It was decided it would be a good idea to get a photograph of James and a pig. Great idea, but where do we get a pig from? An approach to a children’s farm revealed that if we parted with $150 they would be happy to let James have his photo taken with a pig. “Pigs!” was uttered and we then had the brilliant idea of “procuring our own pig”. And procure we did from a piggery, a landrace large white cross whom we named Edgar Alan Pig. After the photo shoot we planned to find a sanctuary for young Edgar to live out his days, but after one night with him we were hooked. So we eventually created that sanctuary and called it “Edgar’s Mission”. Life changed forever. Edgar’s humble ability to champion the cause of pigs saw him become the first of what is a legacy of activist pigs who now all call Edgar’s Mission home sweet home. Sadly, Edgar passed on shortly after his 7th birthday party. He will be missed beyond words


MEET SOME OF OUR RESIDENTS EDGAR ALAN PIG Personality Profile Favorite Pastime: Eating, tummy rubs, naps, eating, tummy rubs, naps My dream job would be: Restaurant Critic The famous person I would most like to meet would be: Donald Watson - the father of veganism Rescue Date: 11/05/2003 Story Meet Edgar of Edgar’s Mission... Yes, he is a pig and he is the one who started it all! The story goes... The arrival of James Cromwell, ‘Farmer Hoggett‛ from the hit movie “Babe”, in Australia in May 2003 represented a golden opportunity to highlight the plight of pigs. James, a passionate animal activist, readily agreed. It was decided it would be a good idea to get a photograph of James and a pig. Great idea, but where do we get a pig from? An approach to a children’s farm revealed that if we parted with $150 they would be happy to let James have his photo taken with a pig. “Pigs!” was uttered and we then had the brilliant idea of “procuring our own pig”. And procure we did from a piggery, a landrace large white cross whom we named Edgar Alan Pig. After the photo shoot we planned to find a sanctuary for young Edgar to live out his days, but after one night with him we were hooked. So we eventually created that sanctuary and called it “Edgar’s Mission”. Life changed forever. Edgar’s humble ability to champion the cause of pigs has seen him become the first of what is a legacy of activist pigs who now all call Edgar’s Mission home sweet home.


MEET SOME OF OUR RESIDENTS GRETEL SOMEONE Personality Profile Favorite Pastime: Eating, tummy rubs, naps, eating, tummy rubs, naps My dream job would be: Restaurant Critic The famous person I would most like to meet would be: Donald Watson - the father of veganism Rescue Date: 11/05/2003 Story Meet Edgar of Edgar’s Mission... Yes, he is a pig and he is the one who started it all! The story goes... The arrival of James Cromwell, ‘Farmer Hoggett‛ from the hit movie “Babe”, in Australia in May 2003 represented a golden opportunity to highlight the plight of pigs. James, a passionate animal activist, readily agreed. It was decided it would be a good idea to get a photograph of James and a pig. Great idea, but where do we get a pig from? An approach to a children’s farm revealed that if we parted with $150 they would be happy to let James have his photo taken with a pig. “Pigs!” was uttered and we then had the brilliant idea of “procuring our own pig”. And procure we did from a piggery, a landrace large white cross whom we named Edgar Alan Pig. After the photo shoot we planned to find a sanctuary for young Edgar to live out his days, but after one night with him we were hooked. So we eventually created that sanctuary and called it “Edgar’s Mission”. Life changed forever. Edgar’s humble ability to champion the cause of pigs has seen him become the first of what is a legacy of activist pigs who now all call Edgar’s Mission home sweet home.


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MEET SOME OF OUR RESIDENTS ALICE PIG Personality Profile Favorite Pastime: Building a big comfortable nest My dream job would be: Stay at home Mum The famous person I would most like to meet would be: Edgar Alan Pig Rescue Date: 21/09/2005 Story This one time factory farmed pig had recently become a movie star, playing Wilbur‛s Mum in the Paramount Pictures production of E B White‛s classic “Charlotte‛s Web”. After fliming Alice was to be allowed to retire at Edgar‛s Mission. All Alice had ever known was confinement, save the hours she spent on the movie set. Alice arrived in the back of a trailer driven by her previous pig farming owner. She took a step out onto something so foreign to her, yet so natural for a pig, solid earth. The pig farmer uttered , “That‛s the first time she has eaten grass”. In Australia a “Code of Practice” allows pregnant pigs (sows) just like Alice, to be kept in tiny metal individual stalls measuring 2m long by 60cm wide. This ‘code‛ protects industry operators from being prosecuted for cruelty. Tragically some 300,000 female breeding sows are kept inside sheds continually pregnant and severely confined, forced to stand or lie on hard floors. They can barely take a step forward or back. It is these animals that produce the piglets destined to become bacon, ham and pork products. Sows are extremely maternal. They will spend many hours making a nest for their piglets. Factory farmed mother pigs have nearly all of their natural instincts frustrated. Just prior to giving birth they are moved to “farrowing crates”, an even smaller area where their body is encircled by metal bars to even further limit their movement. With no straw for bedding, mother pigs must give birth to their piglets on a hard floor. Nurturing and interacting with her young is impossible as the cruel metal frame imprisons her. Her young are removed after 3 or 4 weeks, she is impregnated again, and the cycle of suffering and deprivation continues.


MEET SOME OF OUR RESIDENTS BAMBI DEER Personality Profile Favorite Pastime: Playing hide and seek My dream job would be: Firefighter The famous person I would most like to meet would be: Red Adair Rescue Date: 09/02/2009 Story Some stories change your life, some events change your life, but a single act of kindness can save a life. On Saturday, February 7th 2009 a single event changed and sadly took the lives of many Victorians. We now know it as Black Saturday and it will long live in and haunt the memory of thousands. Out of the ashes of despair acts of kindness flourished with stories of incredible tales of survival stoking human spirit and offering hope for a new and better tomorrow. One such tale is that of Bambi. Orphaned by the unforgiving fire that razed Kinglake, a tiny fawn emerged from the blackened forest. Dazed, scared and suffering smoke inhalation and dehydration the little fallow deer wandered the roadside. Placing their own loss and heart- ache aside it was the Kinglake residents who rescued Bambi and took him to the RSPCA for emergency care. Just weeks old Bambi already encapsulated the Australian spirit and refused to give up. Nine days on a drip and he was ready to face the challenge of learning to live without his guiding mother. A sad fact of life for most deer is that there is no utopian forest for them to roam with Thumper and friends. For them a single word holds their fate venison. Bambi has now joined us at Edgar’s Mission where he will spend the rest of his days. With new found buddies he can frolic in the sun and shelter from the storms with never a threat of a hunter to take his sunshine away.


MEET SOME OF OUR RESIDENTS CLAUDETTE GOAT Personality Profile Favorite Pastime: Standing in my feed bin My dream job would be: Olympic High Jumper The famous person I would most like to meet would be: Bonnie and Clyde (boy did those guys know how to stay on the run!!) Rescue Date: 09/07/2008 Story My name is Claudette and before I came to this wonderful place I had been on the run for over 8 weeks. I was captured in an outer Eastern Melbourne suburb and I was totally terrified of humans as some people had been very cruel to me. I didn‛t trust anyone. Somehow whilst I was on the run one of my horns had broken off very close to my skull. It bled and bled, I had dried blood all over my face and my exposed horn bud was very very sore,this pain made me even more scared of everything. Once I was captured, I was taken to a Melbourne based Animal Hospital where they treated my horn and fed and watered me but they said I couldn’t stay. They were unsure of where they could send me. Someone even suggested I should be put to sleep, I didn’t understand. Perhaps they knew I had trouble sleeping because I would remember all of my awful experiences. When people would come to check on me I would tremble with fear, sometimes I got so scared I would stand on my back legs and charge at the humans before they had a chance to do anything awful to me again like those other people had done. Then someone thought to call Edgar’s Mission. They said they would take me, but I don’t think they knew how traumatised as I was. At first I was absolutely terrified here also, I would just tremble uncontrollably whenever anyone came near me. I would even try to jump out of the stable to flee. But the people here were so kind and patient, they would often just come and sit in my stall with me and let me sniff them. I have decided that this one lady, she always wears a cap, is really nice. She is my buddy and she takes me for walks. I trust her, but I am still not sure about the others. So if you come to visit me please be patient, I will need time to trust you but I


MEET SOME OF OUR RESIDENTS RYAN GOAT Personality Profile Favorite Pastime: Eating Edgar’s Mission flyers My dream job would be: A paper shredder The famous person I would most like to meet would be: US President Barack Obama because he also bridges black and white Rescue Date: 25/05/2009 Story Ever heard of the dish “Capretto” (Italian roast baby goat)? Well that was what I was going to be turned into until I was rescued from a livestock market. At first I thought all those hands fondling me were well intentioned until I heard someone laugh and say “oh the little black and white one will taste good!”. I just closed my eyes as I was picked up and tucked under someone’s arm, next thing I knew I was at this wonderful place called Edgar’s Mission with no thoughts of Capretto anywhere! Phew, was I lucky. So lucky I decided then and there to become an ambassador for the not so lucky goats. Although I was very sick, thin, full of lice and missed my mummy the people here showered me with love and kindness and in return I made their couch my home! Great deal hey? My job now is to show everyone what wonderful, fun loving and yes cheeky little guys and gals us goats really are. And that we really are worth more than the sum of our parts. My job is to debunk many myths people have about us farm animals. People think us different from the animals that share their hearts and homes but when you get to know us I am sure you will agree that while we may look a little different our wants and needs are just the same.


MEET SOME OF OUR RESIDENTS MIGHTY MOUSE SHEEP Personality Profile Favorite Pastime: Eating Weetbix My dream job would be: Super hero The famous person I would most like to meet would be: That darn jolly swagman and tell him to put that sheep back! Rescue Date: 25/05/2009 Story We heard a local farmer planned to kill all 55 of his male merino lambs as he considered it wasn‛t worth his while to take them to market. Their rescue was the most daunting one we have ever undertaken. The task of rehoming these tiny merino lambs freshly taken from their mothers almost didn‛t happen due to the enormity of the task. Three trips in the horse float later and all the frightened lambs were safely at Edgar‛s Mission Farm Sanctuary. Each lamb was passed from the rough hued farmers hands to ours as the gentle coo of “I‛m taking you home my lovely” was whispered in their ear. But when it came to Mighty Mouse, who we could easily lift and hold with one hand, we decided for his safety he should ride in the car as the other lambs may have stood on him. Despite the odds Mighty Mouse has flourished into a robust fine merino who answers to his name and is quick to take a wheetbix treat. It did not take him long to learn we were the good guys and to this day when he sees his human friends he will offer a sheepy “baa” and come over to say “hi”. Sheep are indeed intelligent beyond popular thought. They have been shown to have remarkably good memories and they experience emotions when they see a familiar face. They have been able to recognize the faces of 50 other sheep even after two years and have even been known to roll across hoof proof cattle grids in order to reach tastier pastures. The farmer described Mighty Mouse and his buddies to us as worthless, we know different - for each and every one of them is priceless.


MEET SOME OF OUR RESIDENTS SHIRLEY COW Personality Profile Favorite Pastime: Thinking about my mummy My dream job would be: Detective - so i could find my mummy The famous person I would most like to meet would be: Maneka Gandhi Rescue Date: 17/09/2007 Story I was taken from my mummy, who I loved very much, not long after I was born. As I was only very small the farmer didn‛t want me so I was sent to market. Things were not looking too good for me, that was, until I spotted a lady with a hat. She looked kind as she walked about the pens, she never pushed or shoved the other calves like the other humans did nor did she speak in a gruff voice. I liked her from the start, I just watched and watched until her eyes meet mine! Sadly there are around one million calves each year just like me that find themselves at markets or worse, we are called bobby calves. The name bobby calf springs from the low value the dairy industry places on us, the forgotten ones. They say we are only worth a bob, but the lady with the hat says we all are priceless. Many people don‛t realise that mother cows, like all mammals produce milk for their young and in order for mother cows to keep producing milk she will need to keep having a calf. Well, the diary industry might think us bobby calves are “a low value by-product of milk production” but people like you clearly know we have feelings and don‛t like to be considered nothing more than a production unit. Thank you for being my buddy. I really hope you can come and see me real soon, they say I have turned out to be one mighty fine ambassador for bobby calves!


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MEET SOME OF OUR RESIDENTS TONY BLAIR TURKEY Personality Profile Favorite Pastime: Intimidating all who come near My dream job would be: Cowboy The famous person I would most like to meet would be: Clint Eastwood Rescue Date: 18/12/2005 Story On Sunday the 18th of December 2005 we read with great sadness, an article that agonized about the least stressful way to cook a turkey. The stress minimization was afforded the cooker alas not the cookee! Written with insensitivity and detachment towards the hapless turkey that is so indicative of the way farmed animals have been reduced to mere production units, not the intelligent, sensitive and emotional creatures that they are. Sadly today‛s farmed turkey females (known as hens, the males are toms) are unable to teach their poults (newborn and young turkeys) how to react to predators and other dangers, as well as how to get food, social behavior, vocalization and flocking behaviour. Turkey mothers are the most protective in the world yet sadly the life of a farmed turkey is far removed from what Mother Nature intended. Baby turkeys are produced out of incubators and never know the loving “coo” of their mother. They have been so selectively bred for huge muscle mass that they are unable to fly like their wild cousins. Our resolve was to save a turkey, and we didn‛t have to look far. At a local livestock market, there squashed into an old milk crate was our future turkey. A sign on his cage predicted the fate of most turkeys -“Christmas turkey”. We watched people pass by the market vendor for some indication of their view of the turkey‛s predicament, some nonplussed bemusedly joked “there‛s Christmas dinner” others simply turned the other way. One elderly man eyed the turkey, then quickly turned to his partner and said “that is disgusting”, we trust he echoed these sentiments the next time he dined. In the scheme of things one turkey reprieved doesn‛t mean much, but we had plans for bigger things. It‛s called the domino effect. Our reprieved turkey would become an


MEET SOME OF OUR RESIDENTS CHICQUIN CHICKEN Personality Profile Favorite Pastime: Helping Pam in the office My dream job would be: Action Film Star The famous person I would most like to meet would be: Colonel Sanders (I have a few things to tell him!) Rescue Date: 31/12/2006 Story That chickens have personalities is something many people do not realise...that is until they meet Chicquin, aka Super Chicken. We received a call about the dire fate that awaited a rooster should he not find a home within seven days. Chicquin‛s young guardians, who had already rescued their little feathered friend from a school hatching project, were delighted when they learned life long sanctuary awaited their beloved rooster at Edgar‛s Mission Farm Sanctuary. A far far better outcome than being “dealt with by order of the Council”. Chicquin was the result of a school hatching project. These projects are said to be designed to teach children about respect for life. Despite good intentions, hatching projects rarely teach this, nor do they provide lessons of compassion or responsibility. Rather, they teach lessons of expendability and the view that animals are mere teaching aids. Life is trivialized as teacher and student do not always accept the permanent responsibility of bringing a life into the world. A mother chicken will lovingly turn her egg many times during the day and night, keeping it safe and warm. This does not occur in the classroom and the result is often dead or deformed chicks that will never know of the loving caress of a mother hen‛s wing. Chicquin is indeed one incredible chicken. He spends many hours assisting in the office, although he is known to repeatedly go to sleep on the job and entice us away from our work as we give him a cuddle and scratch. Coming when called as fast as his little chicken legs will carry him never ceases to bring a smile to all. May Chicquin live


MEET SOME OF OUR RESIDENTS MONTY HORSE Personality Profile Favorite Pastime: Searching for food in womens purses My dream job would be: Pick pocket The famous person I would most like to meet would be: Danny Devito Rescue Date: 15/01/2008 Story Question: When does being small mean not being small enough? And your penalty means your death? Answer: When you have been bred to be a miniature pony and it soon becomes apparent that you will not be quite miniature enough! That was the lot of dear little Monty Pony. At just five months of age Monty‛s breeders realised that Monty would grow too tall to meet the height requirements of the Miniature Pony breed. Rather than take responsibility for the life that they were responsible for creating Monty‛s breeders planned to send Monty to the knackery. Sadly the fate endured by many animals that do not live up to the expectations of their breeders is to be killed. Luckily for dear little Monty a kind hearted lady bravely intervened. At great personal expense she persuaded (and it took much persuasion) the breeders to spare Monty‛s life and allow her to rescue him. He will now spend his days at Edgar‛s Mission Farm Sanctuary as our official tour guide and complimentary handbag searcher! So remember when next you visit lock up your handbag


MEET SOME OF OUR RESIDENTS GEORGIA HORSE Personality Profile Favorite Pastime: Playing kissy face with Brian Horse My dream job would be: Novelist The famous person I would most like to meet would be: Black Beauty Rescue Date: 21/12/2005 Story Horses have long been revered for their embodiment of strength, freedom and nobility. Sadly today despite the place horses hold in the hearts of many Australians they are valued more for what they can achieve for people rather than their intrinsic worth. Georgia‛s story is typical of many of these most noble beasts. With a distinct thoroughbred look, we imagine Georgia would have started out life rather well. Her owners having had high hopes that she would be a racetrack sensation, bringing them glitz, glamour and financial rewards. However, like many a racehorse Georgia could not live up to such lofty expectations and, as no one was forthcoming with an alternate career Georgia found herself awaiting her turn in the knackery yard. Despite humans having failed her she has retained a gentle trust in man that was to buy her a “get out of jail” card as she endeared herself to her rescuers who serendipitously happened to be at the knackery yard at the right time. What better place to spend the twilight of her years than at Edgar‛s Mission.


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