I’d like you to meet my buddy, Opie. Opie is a wether (castrated ram) who lives at New Moon Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary.
When I volunteer at the rescue on Fridays, Opie is usually eager to rub his head against my thigh for as long as I’ll let him. This is okay when I wear pants, but in the summer I have to tell him no. His wool is just too abrasive against bare legs!
Like the ocean– I’ve learned to “never turn my back” on Opie. If I do, he’ll run up and try to butt me in the rear. If I do turn my back– and then see him running toward me– all I have to do is turn around and put my hand out. He stops right in his tracks! Opie could do some damage to me if he wanted, but the truth is, he’s just a lover. Enjoy these pictures of my fluffy friend.
Opie is safe, but too many of his brothers and sisters are not. Here are some ways that you can help:
- Don’t eat sheep (lamb, mutton).
- Don’t eat cheese made from sheep’s milk.
- Don’t buy items made from wool. Learn more about the wool industry.
- Don’t buy personal care products that contain lanolin. Don’t buy products tested on animals.
- Learn about vegan sources of Vitamin D (that don’t contain lanolin). Buy Vitashine Vegan Vitamin D3 or Global Health Trax Plant Based Vitamin D3.
- Go VEGAN.