Leona Lewis - Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

Leona Lewis: It’s Time to Rethink How We See Animals

The UK singer, songwriter and activist is teaming up with two animal charities to promote a plant-based diet

Set on 53 acres in the beautiful Essex countryside, Hopefield Animal Sanctuary has been providing a safe home to animals since 1983.

There are currently over 500 rescue animals at the sanctuary, from cats and dogs, pigs and goats, horses and reindeer, hawks, parrots and turkeys, and even tanukis – a Japanese racoon dog.

Each one has a story to tell – many of the animals have been rescued from factory farms – and they are fortunate to have found a place to live out their lives with care and compassion.

The Humane Society International (HSI UK) is working with Hopefield and UK singer/songwriter/activist Leona Lewis to raise awareness of the impact our dietary choices can have – not just on animal welfare but also for the environment.

Leona Lewis - Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

Leona Lewis said:

‘Hopefield Sanctuary is incredibly dear to my heart, and I’ve also supported Humane Society International’s amazing work for a number of years, so I’m so excited about this partnership. Every pig, cow, turkey, sheep or chicken saved by Hopefield has a heart-breaking story to tell. Billions of animals just like them are raised and killed for food globally every year. These animals have very short and miserable lives.

‘HSI UK and Hopefield passionately believe in telling these animals’ stories to help our visitors rethink farmed animals and to see them the way we see them, as individuals with personalities, as friends not food.’

One of the projects they’re working on is the HSI UK’s Forward Food programme, which helps teach people about the positive impacts that eating a plant-based diet can have. Not only can it cut greenhouse gas emissions and save hundreds of gallons of water, it also prevents needless animal suffering. Hopefield’s plant-based cafe encourages visitors to rethink how we look at cows, pigs, chicken and sheep.

Leona Lewis - Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

Claire Bass, Executive Director of Humane Society International/UK says:

‘One of the simplest ways that we can make changes in our daily lives to combat climate change and animal suffering, is to eat more plant-based foods. So we’re thrilled to be working with Hopefield and Leona to enthuse new audiences in the benefits of cruelty-free cuisine.

‘Our support will help Hopefield look after the animals in their care, particularly those like Chip the cow who were saved from a terrible life on an intensive farm. We will use their happy ending stories as part of our Forward Food program at universities across the country where we provide free vegan culinary training to chefs to help them serve more plants on plates to their increasingly vegan-curious students.

‘As well as demonstrating the carbon saving impacts of switching to more plant-based meals, Hopefield’s animals will help us introduce students to the engaging personalities of the animals they’ll be saving with every mouthful.’

Learn more about the great work the sanctuary is doing and read the stories of the animals at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary.

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