Everyone has met a farm animal in some form. By this, I mean that many of us have met parts of them as they line our grocery store shelves and butcher shops. At this point, farm animals bear little resemblance to who they once were. In their cellophane-packaged forms, they become products that people can easily purchase with a swipe of a credit card or few leaves of cash.

However, if we were to meet farm animals in a different setting, far from the grocery stores, butcher shops, transport trucks, and slaughterhouses, we’d realize our error – that the cellophane-wrapped containers in our hands do not hold “products” but rather portions of once living, breathing, and individually distinct beings who think and feel much like we do. Perhaps, at this moment, we’d see that we are hurting our friends, and that we are allowing billions of them to suffer each year in the clutches of factory farms — the most egregious abusers.

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With this awakening in mind, please meet a few of our favorite farm animals below whose photos prove that they are someones, not somethings.

1. The Post-Nap Wobble

18 Photos that Prove Farm Animals are Someone Not SomethingMino Valley Farm Sanctuary / Facebook

2. The Freedom Flap

18 Photos that Prove Farm Animals are Someone Not SomethingHarvest Home Animal Sanctuary / Facebook

3. The “Hello There”

18 Photos that Prove Farm Animals are Someone Not SomethingMaple Farm Sanctuary / Facebook
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4. The Interspecies Love Story

18 Photos that Prove Farm Animals are Someone Not Somethingfor the Animals Sanctuary / Facebook

5. The Afternoon Stroll

18 Photos that Prove Farm Animals are Someone Not SomethingCleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch / Facebook

6. The Wildflower Frolic

18 Photos that Prove Farm Animals are Someone Not SomethingFarm Sanctuary / Facebook

7. The Funny Man

18 Photos that Prove Farm Animals are Someone Not SomethingCatskill Animal Sanctuary / Facebook
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8. The Kiss

18 Photos that Prove Farm Animals are Someone Not SomethingAnimal Place / Facebook

9. The Lounger

18 Photos that Prove Farm Animals are Someone Not SomethingLighthouse Farm Sanctuary / Facebook
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10. The Hide-and-Seeker

18 Photos that Prove Farm Animals are Someone Not SomethingPIGS Animal Sanctuary / Facebook

11. The Group Cuddle

18 Photos that Prove Farm Animals are Someone Not SomethingThe Farm Animal Sanctuary / Facebook

12. The Follow-the-Mama

18 Photos that Prove Farm Animals are Someone Not SomethingPoplar Spring Animal Sanctuary / Facebook

13. The “Let Me In..Please!”

18 Photos that Prove Farm Animals are Someone Not SomethingNorth Mountain Animal Sanctuary / Facebook
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14. The Attention Hog

18 Photos that Prove Farm Animals are Someone Not SomethingCenter for Animal Protection and Education / Facebook

15. The Shameless Selfie

18 Photos that Prove Farm Animals are Someone Not SomethingSASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary / Facebook

16. The Jump for Joy

18 Photos that Prove Farm Animals are Someone Not SomethingSignal Hill Sanctuary / Facebook

17. The Mud Bathers

18 Photos that Prove Farm Animals are Someone Not SomethingWoodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary / Facebook

18. The Run to Freedom

18 Photos that Prove Farm Animals are Someone Not SomethingEdgar’s Mission / Facebook
 

Image source: Farm Sanctuary / Facebook