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Book Review: Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals by Sharon Lee Hart

Book Review: Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals by Sharon Lee Hart

The Book: Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals

Website: http://farmanimalsanctuaryproject.com/home.html

Where to buy: To purchase this book, CLICK HERE!

About the Book: This first monograph by Lexington–based photographer Sharon Lee Hart is a book of dignified black-and-white portraits of rescued farm animals, accompanied by handwritten stories by sanctuary workers. A long term vegetarian turned vegan, Hart considers farm animals “some of the most abused, overlooked animals on the planet.” For this project, she traveled to sanctuaries in Virginia, Florida, Maryland, Michigan and New York State to document “the lucky few who are free to live out their lives in peace.” Not surprisingly, after spending time with the animals she discovered that each had its unique personality. “Some are quirky or funny, while others sensitive, shy, playful, intelligent, mischievous, or inquisitive. And all seemed to have complex emotional lives.” These characteristics come through in Hart’s poignant photographs. Essays are by Karen Davis, president of United Poultry Concerns; Kathy Stevens, founder of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary; and Gene Baur, founder of Farm Sanctuary.

About the Author: Sharon Lee Hart was born in Washington, D.C. and teaches photography at the University of Kentucky. Hart earned her MFA from the University of North at Chapel Hill and her BFA from Maine College of Art.  She recently received a grant from the Tennessee State Art Commission and an activist award for her “Sanctuary” project from PhotoPhilanthropy.  She has exhibited her photographs and mixed media work throughout the country.

The One Green Planet Verdict: Sharon Lee Hart has beautifully encapsulated the stories of both the rescued farm animals photographed and those moved by their experiences as caretakers in Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals.

In Hart’s book sanctuary workers share intimate details about rescued cows, ducks, goats, horses, sheep, and chickens. From Karen Davis, founder of United Poultry Concerns, we learn that a rescued duck named Arnold enjoys spaghetti and hanging around with the chickens. Terry Cummings, Co-Founder of Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, assures us a rescued sheep named Hickory is likely to greet us for a pet and a hug should we ever visit the farm.

The detailed stories along with carefully captured portraits reveal the spirit of each photographed animal. As someone who has been vegan for years I was moved to tears by  these stories of triumph and rescue. Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals also serves as an approachable coffee table book allowing any reader to learn of farm animal abuse and the sanctuary movement.

10% of the proceeds from books sold through Sharon Lee Hart’s website will be donated to the sanctuaries depicted within the book.

To purchase this book, CLICK HERE!

CONTEST DETAILS: (Closed on Sept 3, 2012)

You know our verdict, now you decide! A few lucky winners will receive a copy of Hart’s moving and approachable book.** Be one of them!

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1. Complete this sentence in the comments section below, With whom would you share Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals?”

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**Contest open to U.S. residents only

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7 comments on “Book Review: Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals by Sharon Lee Hart”

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5 Years Ago

I would take this book to work, to show my crew of predominanty male construction workers what they are supporting and promoting when they eat meat. I think it might alter a few views and perceptions. Also, I think many tend to forget or pretend not to know what really goes on in a slaughter house...

5 Years Ago

I would share it with my mom. And then my friends. And the rest of my family. And then more friends

Judy Petullo
5 Years Ago

I would share "Sanctuary, Portrait of Rescued Farm Animals" with the listeners on my radio show, All Things Vegan, and in my group, VegNet Bend, and with my friends and family and co-workers. It looks like an amazing book and I love to read and share stories of animals who beat the odds and made it to a safe haven, and I like to remind people that those animals who were not so lucky were just as precious, had just as many emotions, and were just as lovable right up to the moment they were betrayed and slaughtered.

5 Years Ago

I would share this book with as many people as I could. I think absolutely everyone should see/read it. Most people are compassionate towards animals, but have a huge disconnect when it comes to the animal on their plate. Once a name, face and story is connected to these poor souls I don't see how anyone could eat them.

5 Years Ago

I would share it with my nieces who love animals and are very young now but as they get older I hope they will make the connection that animals are not to be eaten.

5 Years Ago

I would share this book with my teammembers at Whole Foods Market. Many are aware of my transition to veganism in April and my strong views re: animal factories and my love for animals.

Bonnie S
5 Years Ago

I know I'm not eligible for the contest, being Canadian and all...still, I pinned and facebooked the review. I would share the book with my entire company by writing about it in our corporate online newsletter of which I am the editor, and then donating it to our corporate library so that people could borrow it. We are a company of over 4,000 employees.


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