Farm Sanctuary Benefit CD to be Released this Friday


For Animal Rights Awareness Week, “HOME ON THE RANGE” farm sanctuary benefit project will be released (June 24) featuring The Pretenders, Moby, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Yoko Ono, Howard Jones and more. The album includes exclusive songs by these musicians who are passionate about supporting animal rights issues and creating awareness about farm animal sanctuaries.

Presented by the 501c3 educational non-profit organization, Compassionate Farming Education Initiative (CFEI), “Home on the Range” is a benefit compilation album and documentary film, both to be released June 24. The album includes unreleased and exclusive tracks by established, outspoken artists who are passionate about animal rights and environmental issues. This release week is also Animal Rights Awareness Week.

“Home on the Range” was conceived and produced by Kneel Cohn (Warshow Angels) to raise funds for farm animal sanctuaries and advocate on behalf of abused and neglected animals. He explains, “I envisioned a charity project that brought together an incredibly eclectic and inspiring group of bands and musicians. Ultimately, “Home on the Range” became a tremendous example of what an earnest, heart-driven indie fundraiser can do to raise awareness and stir compassion.”

“Let’s find a way to coexist with all the other animals on earth, we should know that animals are not here just for us. Farm sanctuaries are homes for these sensitive and gentle beings.” Yoko Ono

All of the songs on Home on the Range were donated by artists who have had a voice in the peaceful, compassionate lifestyle movement. High profile artists like Chrissie Hynde, Moby, Howard Jones, Conor Oberst, Joan Jett, and Nellie McKay have long promoted plant-based diets and animal rights activism. Yoko Ono, who provided an exclusive song memorializing a family pet, is one of the world’s leading peace advocates.

Promo video can be seen here:

The accompanying documentary directed by Amy Leonard explores the rich emotional lives and intellectual gifts that all animal species possess – and seeing their true majesty in a sanctuary context allows people to get to know these sentient beings as valuable members of society, not merely as production units or lifeless food on a plate.  Rescued animals on the beautiful grounds of Catskill Animal Sanctuary illustrate the value of farm sanctuaries for saving lives, providing education, and promoting peace. The film also discusses the deleterious effects of animal agriculture on the animals, our bodies, and the planet and offers (vegan) consumer-based solutions to combating animal abuse and climate change.

“Home on the Range” will be available as a digital download through iTunes, Amazon and Google Music worldwide on June 24th. The physical CD will be for sale at select retailers throughout North America, UK and Europe and online directly from CD Baby.

The documentary is viewable for free here:

Through CFEI, a 501c3 founded by Karen Ellis-Ritter and Joshua Ritter, proceeds from this album will be donated to several non-profit farm animal sanctuaries throughout the U.S. including Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Happy Trails Farm Sanctuary, Kindred Spirits, and Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. Collectively, their mission is to rescue, feed, and provide a safe shelter for abused and neglected farm animals.

For more information about the project, please visit

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