Veld Music Festival Headlined by Major Lazer and Future Helps Save Pigs

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An EDM festival is helping pigs.  Toronto’s two-day Veld Music Festival at Downsview Park Aug. 5-6, headlined this year by Future and Major Lazer, is donating $1 from each ticket sold between July 31 and Aug. 5 to the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, home to the famous Esther The Wonder Pig.

Founded in 2014, Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary is located in Campbellville, Ontario.  Its purpose is to rescue and rehabilitate “abused, neglected and abandoned” farm animals including cows, chickens, peacocks, ducks, turkeys, goats, donkeys, horses, sheep, rabbits and of course pigs. Donations to the rescue “provide peace of mind for the sanctuary's feed room and health fund,” according to its web site

The idea for the sanctuary originated from Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter, two animal activists who adopted a young piglet who they named Esther.  According to their site, Esther was supposed to be a mini-pig who would only reach a maximum weight of 70lbs, but actually turned out to be a full-size commercial hog, weighing in today at 650lbs.

Jenkins and Walter would upload videos of Esther to social media and as a result enjoyed a positive reception and large following.  Raising Esther The Wonder Pig gave them the inspiration to start building the sanctuary.

Currently, Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary is taking care of nine pigs, three cows, nine chickens, one peacock, three ducks, one turkey, five goats, one donkey, one horse, eight sheep, and four rabbits.  They host events almost weekly and provide public tours for fans to visit the animals.  They have a team of 11 people running the farm.

Veld is an electronic dance music festival that also features rap artists.  It has been running annually since 2012.  Tickets for both days range from $189.50 to $249.50 (plus applicable fees), available on Ticketmaster.

On Aug. 5, the lineup includes Future, Zedd, A$AP Ferg, Borgore, Migos, and Slushii and the following night Major Lazer, Tiësto, Lil Uzi Vert, Hector, Ookay, and Tchami.

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