Bonniedale Farm Update’ve received several inquiries after our last post about Bonniedale — people would like to help out, and here’s an email from the State Senate that explains the situation, and what you can do to lend a hand:

Some of you may have read Bob Kerr’s article in the Sunday, March 29th Providence Journal about the plight of Bonniedale Farm in Glocester. Bonniedale is owned and run by Dan MacKenzie and his girlfriend, Joanne, where they provide a home for more than 100 animals who were either abandoned, neglected, abused or just hours away from being destroyed. As with so many other Rhode Islanders, Dan and Joanne have found themselves victims of the economic downturn and are now in the midst of foreclosure. If this should happen, not only will Dan and Joanne be displaced, but the animals will also lose their home, their sanctuary. They have suffered enough. Thus we write to you today to kindly ask for a donation to Bonniedale Farm so that Dan and Joanne can continue in their compassionate and selfless work of caring for those unfortunate creatures that are unable to care for themselves. Please open your hearts and checkbooks for this good cause. Together we can make a difference.

Please make checks payable to “Bonniedale Farm” and return them to Patricia McNeilly in the Senate Minority Office, Room 120, State House (phone: 222-2708).

Thank you for your kind contribution.

Senator David E. Bates and Senator John J. Tassoni, Jr.

“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” ~St. Francis of Assisi

Bonniedale seems like a super outfit, very much deserving of our support. (So much so that we’ll refrain from posing all those awkward questions about why the turkeys and cows who hang out there matter more than the tens of millions who see abuse and death in factory farms each year.)

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