VINE Sanctuary

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VINE Sanctuary offers refuge to nonhuman animals who have escaped or been rescued from the meat, dairy, and egg industries or other injurious circumstances, such as cockfighting, experimentation, petting zoos, or pigeon shoots. In addition to sheltering and advocating for animals, VINE conducts research and community education aimed at diet change, agriculture reform, and more effective animal advocacy. VINE received a grant for “Expanding Access to VINE Sanctuary for Scholars,” whereby a CAF-sponsored scholar will spend time at VINE in 2022 engaged in, according to VINE, writing “theses, journal articles, and chapters for edited volumes that are based on their observations and experiences at the sanctuary, thereby increasing the quantity of animal studies scholarship rooted in real relationships with animals.” VINE continues: “Based on the subsequent work of scholars who have previously visited VINE, we expect that spending time as participant-observers in our multispecies community will have numerous knock-on effects, some of them unpredictable. New ideas that we cannot yet imagine will arise.” We at CAF look forward to seeing what that scholar will achieve at VINE . . . and beyond.

VINE chose Rebecca Shen, who is undertaking a master’s degree in landscape architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, to be their scholar. After Rebecca’s residency at VINE, CAF Navab Fellow Victoria Reshetnikov sat down for an interview with Rebecca to discuss what she had discovered. Her interview is here.