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These Portraits Show the Beauty of Farm Animals Who Are ‘Allowed to Grow Old’

Photographer Isa Leshko captures the grace and resilience of elderly rescued farm animals who have been shown mercy

Left: Abe, an Alpine goat, age 21, was surrendered to a sanctuary after his guardian entered an assisted living facility, Right: Ash, a Broad Breasted White turkey, age 8. Ash was a factory farm survivor. (Isa Leshko, “Allowed to Grow Old,” University of Chicago Press April 2019)

With deep, soulful eyes, the 19-year-old Holstein cow stares out from the pages of Allowed to Grow Old, a collection of photographs of elderly…




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