I am Pepe, and this is my friend Belén.
My story is a difficult one to tell.
I grew up in a disgusting village in Seville with my brother, where our lives were not valued at all.
One day we were dragged from the farm where we lived, and locked in the bathroom of the local bar. We didn’t understand what was going on and we were very scared.
The owner of the bar was waiting for a customer to collect us so they could kill and eat us. We were so panicked in this strange place, but we were completely helpless and couldn’t escape.
When the bathroom door finally opened to our surprise we were greeted with open arms and we knew that we had been saved.
We were taken to a safe place where the people cared about us, but my brother was too weak and he didn’t make it. I was heartbroken. Not only did I lose my brother, I lost my best friend.
The volunteers at Fundación Benjamín Mehnert saw how lonely I was without my brother and they rescued Belén from another awful place of exploitation so that we could live together.
They wanted to find a place where we could live free from pain and suffering with other rescued farm animals, and that’s how we ended up in Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary.
Photographs Courtesy of Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary
Story courtesy of Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary