Why you should care about live animal exports

Sheep in farming

The topic of live animal exports has featured in the news a lot lately. We take a closer look at this story and what it means for the animal’s themselves. An estimated 6,400 animals were sent to Europe from the UK for slaughter in 2018 according to the Department for Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs […]

Rescued cow Rufus and his lockdown friendship

Adopt a Rescued Cow

Meet our new arrival Rufus the cow and learn all about his heartwarming story In August 2020, we received an email from a lady named Anna with a very special request… Her son Ashwin had been living alone during lockdown while completing his final year at university, and during his daily walks had made friends with […]

How has COVID-19 affected Goodheart Animal Sanctuaries?

Adopt a Cow

The COVID-19 crisis has affected all areas of our organisation, from our fundraising activities right through to our education and outreach programmes. Animal Care Team Covid-19 has had a massive impact on our core animal care team here at Goodheart. We have had to put stringent procedures into place to ensure our essential workers stay […]

Vegan Mushroom Bolognese Recipe

Vegan mushroom bolognese recipe

This dish is rich, delicious, and plant-based too – for added feelgood factor! Published October 2020 This month, we welcome our new Marketing & Communications Assistant, Ruth, who has kindly shared her favourite autumn recipe with us on the Goodheart blog. Ruth says:  “I love this season and all the things that come with it, […]

The Latest from Goodheart

Our herd of rescued goats

Have you been wondering what we’ve been up to at the sanctuary? ​ Tree planting This year, we received 420 native tree saplings from The Woodland Trust to plant at Goodheart Farm Sanctuary.  This means that we are able to support the lives of our local wildlife, including badgers, foxes, birds and invertebrates, that make […]

Know your labels

Food labels can be helpful, but what do they really tell us? Published October 2020 Clever marketing phrases Although they may sound appealing, terms such as ‘farm fresh’, ‘locally-reared’, and ‘ high welfare’ on animal product packaging in fact mean nothing at all. For many consumers, these advertising terms paint a picture of an idyllic, […]

Our GFAS verification

We just became the very first Farm Animal Sanctuary in Europe to be GFAS verified! On 10th February 2020, Goodheart Farm Animal Sanctuary was officially awarded Verified status by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). The organisation is the only one in the world providing globally recognised standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries. Verification means […]

Neglected sheep find sanctuary

These newcomers desperately needed our help. Published February 2020 Since 2018, Kent Animal Defenders have been documenting horrendous cruelty and neglect at Little Oakhurst Brissenden Farm in Ashford, Kent. The animal rights group had visited the farm, run by Tracy Middleton, on several occasions, repeatedly exposing appalling conditions. One of the animals left to suffer […]

Nutrition, compassion, and healthy change

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Published February 2020 Two of our fabulous volunteers discuss more compassionate lifestyle choices.​ Our consumer habits are changing – for the better. According to a 2019 report by Waitrose and partners entitled ‘The Mindful Consumer’, 1 in every 3 Brits have begun to stop or reduce their average meat consumption [1]. In addition, around 56% of […]

Humans are meant to eat meat… right?

Pigs in farming

Are humans supposed to eat meat in order to survive? We take a closer look at this common assumption. Looking at the science Scientifically, we can look to an animal’s guts and dentition to give us some idea of what the animal is adapted to consume. For instance, the canine and carnassial teeth of a […]