I am 24 years old. Throughout my life I have visited the Queens County Farm. There are pictures of me in nursery school petting the pigs and turkeys. It was where I (and many other school children) first learned how to appreciate and respect animals.
During my tough high school years, I sought out the farm as a refuge- it was the most peaceful place for me. I grew to know the farm animals' unique personalities and enjoyed naming them. It was the only place that I would regularly visit with my family.
Friends would joke that I was there more than I was home.
Ever since the farm changed its no-kill policy and began slaughtering and selling its animals for meat, I have stopped visiting. It would be like visiting a slaughterhouse. I can't enjoy being around animals that I am now not sure I will ever see again.
This wonderful, tranquil place that was such a unique find in Queens, has fallen victim to the usual culprit - the insatiable desire to make more money. This is just as horrific as if The Bronx Zoo sold the meat of its deer in its gift shop.
Additionally, the news that employees were given various farm birds to take home, kill, and eat (despite an animal sanctuary agreeing to take these birds in if the farm wanted to be rid of them) further confirms to me that the farm has fallen under a leadership devoid of any compassion or decency.