About 90 people came to the Oct. 19, 2006 program "Living with Coyotes" co-sponsored by People for Animal Rights and the Iroquois Group of the Sierra Club. Robert Chambers, Professor Emeritus of the School for Environmental Science and Forestry, showed slides about the coyote in NYS. Jean Soprano, wildlife rehabilitator at Kindred Kingdoms in Pennellville, told a touching story about her successful rehabilitation of an injured coyote. She also gave advice on how to prevent conflicts between humans/coyotes/and companion animals. If you want a booklet describing this advice, request "Co-Existing with Coyotes" by the Animal Protection Institute from PAR.

PLEASE DON'T LEAVE YOUR COMPANION ANIMAL IN A PARKED CAR! Advice below adapted from the Humane Society of the U.S. hsus.org

  1. On a warm day, the temperature in a parked car can reach 120 degrees in minutes - even with the windows partly open.
  2. A companion animal can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke or suffocation in these conditions.
  3. Signs of heat stress: heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid pulse, unsteadiness, staggering, vomiting, deep red or purple tongue.
  4. If your companion animal becomes overheated, begin immediate steps to lower her/his temperature as follows:
    • Move her/him to the shade and apply cool (not cold) water over entire body to gradually lower temperature;
    • Apply ice packs or cold towels - to head, neck and chest only;
    • Offer her/him small amounts of cool water or let her/him lick ice cubes;
    • Take her/him to a vet immediately; this could save her/his life.
  5. If you see an animal in a parked car alone on a hot day, try to find the animal's person right away. If necessary, call animal control or the police.
  6. Another reason to avoid leaving your companion animal in a car alone is that a thief might steal her/him.
  7. When traveling in a vehicle, cats should be in a carrier and dogs should be in a dog harness.
  8. Each animal should have ID, such as a tattoo or chip.

For additional tips on ways to protect your dog in hot weather click here

PROTEST AGAINST TORTURE AND CONSUMPTION OF CATS AND DOGS On July 20, 2006 Lou DeSantis, PAR demonstration coordinator, organized several activists to spend time during the lunch hour at Columbus Circle in downtown Syracuse to educate passersby about the torture and consumption of dogs and cats in S. Korea. Korean animal rights organizations asked for international days of protest in an attempt to get the S. Korean government to enforce laws against this brutal abuse. Many Koreans oppose this old, cruel custom.


Marilyn Morgan and Annette Bailey April 29, 2006, PAR organized a demonstration for World Week for Animals in Labs. Since Bristol Meyers Squib pharmaceutical company in E. Syracuse experiments on a variety of animals, about 20 people (including members of SARO - Syracuse Animal Rights Organization) stood in front of the sprawling complex with posters of suffering animals. The response from cars stopping at the traffic light was overwhelmingly positive.


April 19, 2006, PAR hosted Matt Perry, director of the Spring Farm CARES wildlife sanctuary in Clinton, NY. Matt showed one of his video shows of the sanctuary. What a superb videographer he is! Along with a birdsong sound track, Matt elaborated on the beautiful images - naming wild flowers and animals and telling about the wetland created by the resident beavers.


PAR President, Linda A. DeStefano, and PAR Demonstration Coordinator, Lou DeSantis, participated in a demonstration organized by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) in front of a Syracuse KFC on Jan. 7, 2006.


John Freund, PAR Vice-president, enjoys gabbing at the PAR Thanksgiving vegan potluck.

Some of the delicious food at PAR's Thanksgiving vegan potluck.

A couple days after Thanksgiving, PAR Board of Directors and friends got together at the festive home of one of our Board members to share a delicious vegan potluck, music and chat.


People for Animal Rights (PAR), Syracuse Animal Rights Organization (SARO) and Animal Rights Advocates of Upstate New York (ARAUNY), joined together for a lively anti-fur demonstration on Nov. 25 (known nationally as "Fur Free Friday") in front of Skaneateles Furs in Skaneateles, N.Y. As there were many people strolling the street for the Victorian Christmas festivities, we were able to hand out many leaflets asking people to avoid fur and fur trim. We also showed a video on our faunette (equipment which can be used outdoors) about the barbarity at a fox fur farm.



On Wednesday, October 12, 2005 at 7 p.m. at the Liverpool Public Library in the village of Liverpool, about 40 people attended NY People for Animal Rights' free, open-to-the public presentation by Harold Brown. Harold is a former cattle farmer who now is an advocate for the animals of Farm Sanctuary of Watkins Glen, NY. Free vegan snacks were enjoyed by all. The theme of Farmer Brown's talk was "Plant based vs. Animal based Agriculture: Sustainable Farming in the 21st Century", and his presentation was inspiring!


Linda DeStefano, Lou DeSantis and John Freund cover the PAR table at the Dec. 12, 2004, holiday party/fundraiser organized by a new group in Syracuse - Community Animal Project (C.A.P.). The event included vegan food and raised money for building dog houses. Congratulations to Shawn DeLeo of C.A.P. and those who helped him with this successful event.

More information? Contact People for Animal Rights, (315)488-7877(PURR). More info? Contact PAR at ldestefano3@twcny.rr.com

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