About Us

Sanctuary

Welcome to Edgar's Mission

Our mission is kindness
Edgar’s Mission is a not-for-profit sanctuary for over 400 rescued farmed animals with a vision for a humane and just world for all.

Through education, outreach, advocacy, community enrichment and tours, we encourage people to expand their circle of compassion to include all animals.

“If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others, why wouldn’t we?”

Why We Exist

You might be surprised to learn that in Australia, pigs are not protected from cruelty. Along with cows, chickens, sheep and other farmed animals, pigs are specifically excluded from the animal cruelty laws that protect cats and dogs.

But how could this be?

Pigs are just as smart. In fact, they’re smarter than dogs. They have engaging personalities, enjoy good food and sunshine, seek out companionship, love their babies and desperately try to protect their own lives.

Back in 2003, an idea was borne out of kindness.

Knowing how wonderful and deserving of life pigs really are, and seeing the reality of their situation, the time was ripe to get people connecting with pigs and learning about their plight.

So, when James Cromwell, aka “Farmer Hoggett” from the hit movie Babe, arrived in Australia in May 2003, our founder Pam Ahern saw a golden opportunity to highlight the plight of pigs and our flawed animal protection legislation that excludes farmed animals. A passionate animal activist, James was keen to help, agreeing to have his photograph taken with a pig.

But where to find a pig?

A children’s farm agreed to help for a fee. But then came our Eureka moment – why not procure our own pig? And procure we did from a piggery – a landrace large white cross whom we named Edgar Alan Pig.

After the photoshoot, we created a sanctuary to provide lifelong loving care for our porcine star and named it in his honour. Edgar’s Mission was about to change our lives forever! Today, thousands of animals’ lives have been saved due to this humble pig with heaps of charm.

Pam would take Edgar for walks in the park and people would gather to marvel at his unique brand of pigginess. With his deep guttural belly grunts, Edgar quickly endeared himself to everyone he met.

Watching the profound effect Edgar had on people, Pam realised the best ambassadors for changing the way people think about farmed animals are the animals themselves. Edgar’s Mission would become a sanctuary for the animals who could be rescued, and a much-needed voice for those who could not.

With his delightful ability to champion the cause of pigs, Edgar became the first of a great line of ambassador pigs who now call Edgar’s Mission home sweet home.

Building Edgar’s Mission from the ground up, the rescued residents became ambassadors for their kind – showing the world that each is an individual, complete with their rich emotional world. Just like us, they seek to live a peaceful and happy life surrounded by their family and friends.

Today farmed animal sanctuaries around the world are shining a spotlight of compassion on these once forgotten animals, and in doing so opening hearts and minds to kinder ways of living.

“If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others, why wouldn’t we?”

Why do farmed animals need rescuing?

An estimated 500 million ‘food’ or ‘production’ animals in Australia are excluded from the protections of animal welfare legislation.

They endure lives of abject misery in factory farms: barely able to move, they are subjected to acts of cruelty that would be illegal if done to a cat or dog. They live without sunshine, without freedom, without being able to socialise, and without hope.

As custodians of this planet, humans have designated some animals ‘friends’ and some animals ‘food’. Yet all animals share a need and desire to experience a life with joy, meaning and purpose. They also share a similar capacity to suffer.

Edgar’s Mission provides you with a glimpse into a different world – a world of kindness.

Sadly, Edgar passed on shortly after his 7th birthday party. He will be missed beyond words, but his mission continues.

Acknowledgement

At Edgar’s Mission, we acknowledge that we are gathered on the lands of the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin nations. We respect their traditions and pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging.

Our mission is kindness.

Our Mission

Our purpose is to:

  • Provide shelter and direct care for homeless, abused, injured or abandoned animals.
  • Find permanent homes for mistreated and abandoned animals and promote adoption through education and example.
  • Promote compassion, understanding and respect for all animals and promote responsible and humane treatment towards animals in our community through the provision of advice, education and information.