Sandy Bonelli


Sandy Bonelli is a professional breeder and horse trainer for the sport of "cutting". Based in Petaluma, California, her ranch is usually home to goats, cows, dogs, a donkey and cats as well as up to 30 horses. In this interview, Sandy shares her perspectives around using animals for sports, as well as the ways humans depend on other animals for food and medical research. She looks ahead at the evolving future she sees for herself and the animals at her ranch, and offers some insight into what she sees as the only hope humans have for seeing animals differently. The excerpts on this page are selected highlights from our interview; as the project progresses, more voices from widely different fields will join the conversation, ultimately building the final documentary. 

The Interview

Sandy describes her sport

 "What we ask of animals"


Medical research

Animals bringing joy

"There's a disconnect"

"Uphill battle"

"You have to educate"

A typical day 

 "Pigs and Pork"

"We choose not to see"

The future for Sandy