This is not your mama's petting zoo

My dog says if you love animals, you'll want to plan a visit to Animal Acres! Located in the outskirts of Los Angeles, this amazing compound is home to pigs, chickens, cows, turkeys, and other "food" animals who have been saved from the slaughterhouse.

Animal Acres is open to the public on tour days and during special events. Not only can you get up close and personal with the animals, but volunteers can teach you anything you care to know about compassionate living. Lots of free educational resources are available to visitors, in addition to a gift shop with great vegetarian and vegan cookbooks and other animal-friendly items.

To learn more about Animal Acres, check out the wonderful video below which gives you a tour of the facility and an idea of what you can expect during your visit. And, yes, that man in the colorful hat at the five minute mark of the video is James Cromwell (better known as the actor who played the farmer in the movie Babe). After filming Babe, Cromwell became a vegan.

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