We had a very dark day on the farm last Sunday, when Ben, everybody’s favourite goat, died of a metabolic disorder that had affected his vital organs, fatty deposits, and bladder.
Considered by the dairy industry to be a waste product, Ben’s fate would normally be to go to slaughter at 6 days old. Rescued when he was 5 days old, Ben joined Billy and Joshua as one of the sanctuary’s dairy escapee brigade.
Ben was always hugely popular with visitors and staff alike, with his constant demands for affection. Even when Ben gave you a good shove in the back, it was only because you hadn’t petted him enough yet.
He was an incredible advocate for all of the animals trapped in dairy farms, and demonstrated to visitors quite clearly that there was no difference between animals used for food and the family dog or cat.
Ben’s death has left a hole in our hearts that can never be healed. His sweet nature, curiosity, and playfulness were uniquely Ben and we miss him so very very much.
If you have a photo or a story about Ben, please share your memories of him with all of our supporters on our Facebook post. He was a very special guy, and we know we are not the only ones devastated by his loss.
Thank you for your support of the sanctuary, for all the cuddles that you gave Ben, for your financial support to help us get back on our feet after trying so very hard to save him, and for caring about animals at the sanctuary and in the food industry.
Ben will live on in our hearts, through our stories and in our memories. Despite this, we will never stop missing him.