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Please Don't Leave Your Companion Animal in a Parked Car

Advice below adapted from the Humane Society of the U.S. (www.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 or 911.

  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.

You can request cards with similar information that are easy to stick under a windshield wiper.  Request from People for Animal Rights or from Red Rover at redrover.org

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If you don't want to cause unnecessary suffering and death to animals,

please avoid these items:

 

---- Fur - whether a full-length coat or trim on a jacket or gloves or toys;

 

---Leather (animal skin)

 

---Wool

 

---Down

 

---Products tested on animals.  You can learn what companies do NOT

test on animals by going to peta2.com and looking for their list of

cruelty-free companies and products.

 

Why not fur?  Because fur is obtained by killing animals - and in very

painful ways.  Some animals are caught in steeljaw, leghold traps,

which shut on their limbs

with brutal force, and the animal may suffer  for days before finally

being killed by the trapper.  Other animals are confined to small,

filthy cages on fur farms, where they can go insane from boredom and

fear and even self-mutilate.  Death is often done by anal

electrocution.  And then there are the seals who are clubbed to death.

 

Why not leather?  Besides coming from some wild animals (such as

deer), leather comes from the skin of cows, calves, horses, sheep,

lambs, goats, pigs and even dogs and cats (this may be the case if the

product comes from Asia).  Almost all these animals suffer

confinement, crowding, branding,as well as  unanesthetized castration,

dehorning and tail-docking.

 

Why not wool?  Much wool comes from Australia, where sheep are kept in

huge flocks and are cut (without anesthesia)  around the tail area to

prevent infestation with blowflys.  The shearing process is done with

such speed and force (given the large number of animals) that the

sheep suffer cuts and experience fear.

 

 

Why not down?  Down is plucked painfully from living ducks and geese.

 

Besides choosing gifts which avoid the above cruelties, you could even

take a positive step to help animals by giving a gift which promotes

healthy, compassionate eating - such as a gift certificate to Strong

Hearts Cafe.  Strong Hearts Cafe is a popular all-vegan restaurant in

Syracuse and offers sandwiches

salads, soups, shakes, tea, coffee and fabulous desserts.  See

strongheartscafe.com

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Hidden Danger: Keep Your Pet Safe from Electric Shock

from ASPCA

Winter’s chill may have settled in your neighborhood, but your energetic pooch still wants to go for walks in the great outdoors. Take it slow and steady, pet parents. According to our experts, the danger of stray voltage on city streets can turn a simple stroll into a devastating event for our furry friends.

Most common in northern climes and urban areas, stray voltage occurs when dormant utilities leak excess electricity. Combined with wet streets and salt-based ice melts, this current can shock, injure or even prove fatal for those in its path. “Since salt used to treat icy streets is a great conductor of electricity,” says Dr. Louise Murray, ASPCA Director of Medicine and author of Vet Confidential, “the risk of shock from stray voltage is that much higher during the winter months.” The ASPCA offers the following tips to help you avoid potentially hazardous areas, and advice on what to do if your pet has suffered an electrical shock:

  • Keep your dog away from metal fixtures, such as lampposts, grates or manhole covers. While these spots may be your pet’s favorite place to relieve himself, they may also conduct hazardous electricity.
  • Your dog's snazzy, rubber rain boots may look good, but they won't protect your pooch from a strong current. Don’t depend on them to keep your pet safe. Some boots—those with metal studs, for example—may even make the situation worse.
  • Observe your dog’s behavior. Is he skittish, frightened, angry or upset for no apparent reason? These sudden behavioral changes could be an indication of electric shock.
  • If your dog is incapacitated due to shock, don’t try to touch or move him without protective gear. Your pooch may pass the current to you, rendering you both incapable of seeking help. Instead, call your local fire department immediately.
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Winter Will Be Cold For Our Dogs Too

by Lou De Santis

Another frigid winter is coming to Central New York.  It's time to remember that every year, too many family dogs freeze to death in this country right in their own back yards.  To prevent your dog from becoming a victim when the mercury plummets, bring your dog inside.

Puppies, kittens, elderly and small dogs, and short-haired dogs such as Dobermans, pit bulls, and Dalmatians are especially vulnerable to the cold.  If you would like your dog to spend some time outside, limit it, and always provide proper shelter.  An effective doghouse must be made of wood; plastic does not provide proper insulation.

To prevent cold and dampness from seeping in, it should be raised several inches off the ground. Putting foam sheeting, such as Tyvek, on the underside and in the walls is especially good for this. The door should have rubber flaps to prevent drafts, and the area where the dog lies should be offset from the door.

Also, be sure to use plenty of straw for bedding; rugs and blankets will become wet and freeze. Don't be afraid to complain about constant barking; it is a sure sign of a neglected pooch.  It's a dog's way of saying, "Hey, I'm lonely, bored and cold out here. Somebody, please help me!"

Throughout America, many municipalities now prohibit chaining of dogs.  Tucson and New Orleans are among those.  Many more limit time and tethering.  If you would like to know more about such progressive legislation, go to www.unchainyourdog.org.  

NOTE: You can request small cards from People for Animal Rights which warn people about the winter dangers to outdoor dogs.

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AVOID ALL FUR, INCLUDING FUR TRIM

by Lou DeSantis, former demonstration coordinator for PAR

November 28th is Fur Free Friday, an event that began over twenty years ago in this country and is now observed throughout the world. By the 1990's, after exposing the brutality of fur production, animal advocates had succeeded in making the wearing of fur taboo in the eyes of many people. Recently, to counter this, department stores have been promoting clothing with fur collars and trim that consumers mistakenly believe is made from scraps of leftover fur. In reality, animals suffer and die for each article, whether fur-trimmed or full length. And that death is not pretty.

In the U.S., nearly four million animals are caught in traps where they suffer for days before trappers break their necks or even bludgeon them to death. Throughout the world, an estimated 45 million animals will spend their lives in small cages on"fur farms". These animals' short, miserable lives are ended by such cruel methods as gassing, neck-breaking and anal-electrocution. In China, where most of the West's fur comes from, animals such as foxes, raccoons, cats and dogs are, unbelievably, skinned alive.

Fur trimmed items are now a half-billion dollar industry. The number of animals killed for fur trim is soon expected to overtake those killed for full-fur garments.

The holidays are meant to be a time of peace and kindness. Shouldn't that compassion extend to our fashion decisions?

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SAT. APRIL 29, 2017 ANIMAL RIGHTS CONTINGENT IN CLIMATE MARCH & RALLY

With about 1,500 other people, PAR and Syracuse Animal Rights Organization (SARO) took part in a march and rally in Syracuse to object to efforts to deny the reality of a climate crisis or to undermine efforts to promote energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy.  We held high our PAR banner and SARO banner and carried posters pointing out the injury and death to animals from climate change.  We also pointed out the benefits of plant-based eating to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (Animal agriculture produces methane - especially from dairy cows - and nitrous oxide.) We distributed literature about this connection.

 

SAT. APRIL 8, 2017 

 

Surprise!  We had planned to enjoy a vegan social at the very popular Strong Hearts Cafe.  But it was TOO popular!  Even though we met at an "off" hour, the place was hopping and we could not accommodate the 10 to 15 people we expected.  So we reunited at Munjed's Middle Eastern restaurant on Westcott Street, which was very delicious and not crowded.  One of our guests told about her experience with fighting a dairy CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation), which is like a concentration camp for animals, and which was polluting the air and water near her home.

 

AMBER CANAVAN SPOKE OCT. 17, 2016 ON HELPING ANIMALS IN LABS

Amber is a staffer of the national organization PETA plus a founder and leader of SARO (Syracuse Animal Rights Organization). She presented a history of experiments on animals and told how cruel experiments are ongoing but that there are many new research techniques which do not use animals.

 

VEGAN SOCIAL SAT. SEPT. 17 AT 10 A.M. AT STRONG HEARTS CAFE, 719 E. GENESEE ST., SYRACUSE

 
Another fun get-together was had by PAR members and guests.  Especially nice to have four people from the Syracuse Vegan Meetup Group with us.   Omnivores, vegetarians and vegans are all welcome at PAR's vegan socials.
 

 

Trip to Horse Sanctuary


On a sunny July 23,  2016, three PAR members celebrated the birthday of one of us by visiting Hope Spring Eternal Horse Sanctuary in Earlville, NY. 
We were greeted by three enthusiastic dogs as they raced down the hill from the home of the co-founders, Amy and Brian.  All three dogs were rescued by these loving people.  As Amy and Brian gave us the tour of their HeartStone Artisan Bakery and of the barn and grounds, we encountered rescued ducks and geese, three goats and - of course - the two horses (Justin Thyme and Girlie).  They gave Girlie a home when her person could no longer afford her.  As for Justin Thyme, he was discovered abandoned and starving in a nearby field.  He was near death but today is a beautiful, healthy fellow thanks to Amy, Brian, and Jen with the help of their local vets and a multitude of community members who contributed monetary donations as well as supplies, feed, hay, and volunteer time. 

Amy’s connection to animals is illustrated by her rescue of “Brown Dog,” who escaped from a breeding facility and was starving in the woods.  Brown Dog was too frightened to let anyone approach her until Amy got on her own belly and crawled to Brown Dog.  Amy’s 
submissiveness and non-threatening behavior worked as Brown Dog crawled to Amy until they met and Brown Dog put her head in Amy’s hands and accepted Amy’s love.  

Amy and Brian protect the natural world by caring for their fields (lots of wild flowers, butterflies and other pollinators), spring-fed pond and woods.  Their house is constructed using straw bale insulation and radiant heat flooring.  Solar panels sit outside, and they had a wind turbine (which is damaged and will be replaced). They use energy-efficient appliances, the sun in summer and the radiant heat in winter to dry their clothes, and are almost completely off the grid for their home needs.

Learn more, including photos of Justin Thyme at the time of his rescue and now after two years of rehabilitation, at www.hopespringseternalhorsesanctuary.org

Eileen Singing to Justin Thyme

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JULY 12, 2016 SOCIAL


New and old members met at Strong Hearts Cafe for vegan goodies and to socialize - and even do some  planning on how to stop the slaughter of deer (for those of us who couldn't resist a planning opportunity).  

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 PEOPLE for ANIMAL RIGHTS FUNDRAISER 

PAR had a successful fundraiser May 14, 2016.  Besides making money, we gave people a good time with live music, dancing, vegan food (some gluten free) and lots of animal rights literature and merchandize to pick up. Food was plentiful, tasty and varied. It included fruit, hummus, fresh bread from Stone Heart Bakery, cashew-based vegan "cream cheese," desserts (including fabulous cookies and cupcakes baked by Amber Canavan) and more.  Several people became members of PAR at the event.
 
 
 

Decorations for our Mardi Gras theme done by Annette Bailey, member of the PAR board


 

 

 

 

PAR and SA.R.O. (SYRACUSE ANIMAL RIGHTS ORGANIZATION) HELD AN ANTI-FUR DEMONSTRATION DEC. 5 2015 FROM NOON TO 1 IN FRONT OF THE FUR STORE ON MAIN STREET IN SKANEATELES

Twenty demonstrators, including a few from Utica and 1 from Ithaca, handed out leaflets, held posters and even had fake models of animals skinned for their fur.

Besides making a statement for the animals who suffer and die for their fur, we then enjoyed conversation and food at the all-vegan Strong Hearts Cafe in Syracuse. 

 

 

RALLY AGAINST CIRCUS USING WILD ANIMALS

Took place Oct. 13, 2015,  at the front entrance of Onondaga Community College

 

SUNY OCC'S Event Spaces Coordination Office booked the Garden Brothers Circus, which has treated their animals poorly.  In addition to the rally, we urged people to contact OCC and politely object.  We requested that people ask them to never again invite cruel animal acts to campus.  

 

marshs@sunyocc.edu or (315)498-6050.

These actions were organized by S.A.R.O. (Syracuse Animal Rights Organization, which is based at Syracuse U. but also invites participation from the wider community). PAR members participated.

 

SEPTEMBER 15, 2015

Another vegan social at Strong Hearts Cafe for PAR members and their guests.  One of the fun things is to check out the specials; the cooks at Strong Hearts keep creating new taste treats. Strong Hearts had a booth at the NYS Fair this summer - the first in the history of the fair. It was very popular. Although vegan food is always the fare at our socials, people of all eating persuasions are welcome to come.

 

TUES., OCT. 6, 2015

 

About 50 people came to a vegan cooking demonstration put on by Chris Cooney ( the"Vegan Zombie" ) and his accomplice, Jon Tedd, at Onondaga Free Library. Many enthusiastic reactions to the tasty pizza rolls. Chris and Jon included comments about when and why they became vegans (to save animals from suffering and death). Chris explained that he combined his love for veganism, the horror genre and filmmaking by becoming the Vegan Zombie. He and Jon co-authored a cookbook, THE VEGAN ZOMBIE: COOK & SURVIVE! (available at Strong Hearts Cafe and Green Planet Grocery and probably other venues) and have a You Tube cooking show and a website.

 

 

 

 
 

 

JULY 10, 2015

SUCCESSFUL PROTEST AGAINST COLE BROTHERS CIRCUS

About 20 people held signs and chanted on the public sidewalk in front of Shoppingtown mall to protest the Cole Brothers Circus because it uses elephants, tigers, ponies and dogs.  Our message was that animals, especially wild animals, lead a miserable, unnatural life as entertainers - cruel training and control methods, small spaces while traveling in an exhausting cycle, frightened into doing painful and stupid tricks. Thanks to Brittany Davila for initiating this protest and working with PAR activists (Linda and Jan) to make it a strong statement on behalf of the animals.  Earlier, many people had contacted management of Shoppingtown mall to ask them to cancel the circus in their parking lot but they had refused.

Enjoy this link to a short video about two elephants who hadn't seen each other for many years but immediately recognized each other and rejoiced at their reunion.

 
 

JUNE 30, 2015

INSPIRING SHOWING OF SUPPORT FOR AMBER CANAVAN AS SHE HEADS TO JAIL

 

James Cromwell, Amber Canavan and PETA duck in front of courthouse


About 21 people (and one dog) from the Syracuse and Utica areas traveled to Monticello N.Y.  to support Amber Canavan.  People for Animal Rights,
Syacuse Animal Rights Organization, and Greater Syracuse Animal Alliance were represented as well as two or three people from the NYC office of PETA and actor/animal rights activist/vegan movie star James Cromwell.  One of the PETA staff dressed as a giant duck, which you can see in the media links below.

Amber told us that her time in jail would be worth the sacrifice because it reminds people that the ducks are still suffering and dying at the foie gras facility in Sullivan County.  James Cromwell urged us to take our own steps to carry on the cause of animal rights.  He himself has spent time in jail for helping animals. To learn how you can help ducks and geese who are tortured and killed for foie gras (which means "fatted liver" and is considered a delicacy by some people), go to stopforcefeeding.com



http://www.twcnews.com/nys/hudson-valley/news/2015/06/30/animal-rights-activist-starts-sentence.html


http://www.recordonline.com/article/20150630/NEWS/150639943/101008/NEWSLETTER100

JUNE 16, 2015

 

A lively gang of new and old PAR members chatted while enjoying vegan food at Strong Hearts Cafe.  An especially important guest was Amber Canavan, who would soon be going to jail for helping the suffering ducks at a facility that forces metal rods down their throats to make the "delicacy" foie gras.  She displayed a clever t-shirt showing her gently holding and comforting a duck.

SAT. MAY 23, 2015

PAR HAD A TABLE AT THE CONSCIOUS COMMUNITY DINNER AT THE WESTCOTT COMMUNITY CENTER IN SYRACUSE.  THE EVENT INCLUDED LOCAL MUSICIANS, A VEGAN POTLUCK MEAL AND TABLES BY VENDORS AND ORGANIZATIONS.  THIS WAS PART OF AN EAST COAST TOUR BY RYAN, EDITOR OF THE ONLINE VEGAN MAGAZINE "T.O.F.U.

ABOVE IS ONE OF THE PERFORMERS, CALEB, WHO GOES BY "TELEGRAPH HILL." 

 

 ANOTHER PHOTO FROM THE MAY 23 EVENT IS ABOVE.  IT IS EILEEN ROSE, MEMBER OF PAR BOARD, AND JEFF WATKINS, WHO WAS AMONG THREE LOCAL MEN WHO RISKED THEIR LIVES TO SAVE WHALES ON A SHIP OWNED BY THE SEA SHEPHERD ORGANIZATION.

TUES. MAY 5 AT 6:45 P.M. at ONONDAGA FREE LIBRARY,4840 W. SENECA

TURNPIKE, TOWN OF ONONDAGA, FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - THE AUDIENCE WAS ABSORBED BY THE  PRESENTATION BY PAM MCNEW ON HELPING ANIMALS THROUGH HOMEOPATHY.   PAM HAS 40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THIS FIELD.

SUN. APRIL 12 AT 1 P.M. ANOTHER VEGAN SOCIAL WAS HELD (SEE NOTES RE FEB. 22 SOCIAL)

SAT. ,MARCH 21 FROM NOON TO 4:45 PAR TABLE (AND VEGAN SNACK SAMPLES) AT GREEN PLANET GROCERY, 3514 W. GENESEE ST., SYRACUSE (ACROSS FROM FAIRMOUNT FAIR). 

SAT. FEB. 28 FROM 1 TO 3:30, UNIVERSITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 1085 E. GENESEE ST., SYRACUSE "THE LANDSCAPE OF FRACKING IN NY: WHAT'S CHANGED AND WHAT HASN'T" Free and open to the public.  PAR was a co-sponsor and had a table at the program.

SUN. FEB. 22 AT 1 P.M. VEGAN SOCIAL AT HOME OF PAR MEMBER (NO NEED TO BE A VEGAN OR VEGETARIAN TO TAKE PART BUT YOU DO NEED TO JOIN PAR AS THIS IS JUST FOR MEMBERS AND THEIR GUESTS)

 

 

DEC. 6, 2014

PEOPLE FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS  JOINED A DEMONSTRATION ORGANIZED BY S.A.R.O. (SYRACUSE ANIMAL RIGHTS ORGANIZATION) TO PROTEST IN SKANEATELES AGAINST THE WEARING OF FUR.

WHETHER A FULL-LENGTH COAT OR TRIM ON A JACKET, GLOVES, BOOTS OR TOYS, FUR MEANS ANIMALS SUFFERED AND DIED UNNECESSARILY.  PLEASE CHECK THE LABEL BEFORE BUYING A PRODUCT TO SEE WHETHER IT IS LABELED AS FAUX (FAKE) FUR OR NOT.  ANIMALS CAN SUFFER FOR DAYS IN A STEELJAW LEGHOLD TRAP BEFORE BEING CLUBBED TO DEATH OR THEY CAN GO CRAZY IN A SMALL CAGE ON A FUR FARM BEFORE BEING ELECTROCUTED.  SOMETIMES ANIMALS ARE SKINNED ALIVE.  THERE IS NO KIND WAY TO OBTAIN FUR.

 

OCT. 26, 2014 VEGAN POTLUCK

This was a cozy setting at a board member's home.  Besides sharing vegan food which each person had prepared or bought, we had a chance to gather around and chat.  Some members who are not vegetarians asked questions about why and how.  Those who are vegetarians or vegans provided answers and material, such as vegan recipes and a handout from Kaiser-Permanente (the largest H.M.O. - that stands for "Health Maintenance Organization" -in the U.S.) which urged people to adopt a vegan way of eating (no animal flesh and no animal products, especially dairy and eggs).

SEPT. 30, 2014 TURLOCK, A DOCUMENTARY

This film showed the amazing rescue of thousands of hens from a factory farm, where they had been abandoned to starve.  They found refuge at Animal Place and then many were adopted.  Touching to see how these abused birds finally had the opportunity to live a natural life outside of the filth and crowded cages of the factory farm.

 


SEPT. 6, 2014 AT GREEN PLANET GROCERY'S 4TH ANNIVERSARY

Linda DeStefano and Annette Bailey staff PAR table

JUNE 25, 2014 VEGAN SOCIAL

PAR MEMBERS AND A GUEST ENJOYED TASTY FOOD AND HEARTFELT CONVERSATION AT STRONG HEARTS CAFE, A VERY POPULAR ALL-VEGAN CAFE IN SYRACUSE.

MAY 6, 2014 PAR SHOWS "MINDS  IN THE WATER"

 

AWARD-WINNING FILM, "MINDS IN THE WATER," ABOUT SURFERS  WHO TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT DOLPHINS, WHALES, PORPOISES AND THE OCEAN.  THERE ARE MANY BEAUTIFUL SCENES OF THE OCEAN AND DOLPHINS PLUS A DRAMATIC LOOK AT DIRECT ACTION TO PROTECT THE DOLPHNS IN JAPAN .
FREE  COOKIES COURTESY OF GREEN PLANET GROCERY
 
 
Annette Bailey, PAR Board Member, Displays One of the Give-away Items for New Members

PAR Table at Green Planet Grocery

 March 15, 2014 at Green Planet Grocery, 3514 W. Genesee St. Syracuse (Fairmount area) PAR staffed  a table  - with free samples of vegan cookies - from noon to 2.  If you haven't tried Green Planet Grocery yet, we recommend it.  It's family-owned; all produce is organic, much is local.  And there are lots of foods (many vegan) which are frozen, canned or boxed; supplements; and a vegan cafe.

 

 

Gov. Cuomo Signs Preemption Bill

In Jan. 20I4, Gov. Andrew Cuomo Signed the Preemption Bill, meaning that municipalities can now establish their own regulations governing the sale of cats and dogs rather than being preempted by the state.  Animal rights activists are hoping to convince municipalities to pass stricter regulations, which will be aimed at puppy mills.

 

 

DEC. 7, 2013 CRUELTY-FREE SHOPPING DEMO
 
People for Animal Rights and Syracuse Animal Rights Organization (SARO) distributed leaflets to shoppers in Skaneateles (where Skaneateles Furs disgraces the main street) asking them to shop cruelty-free for the holidays.We urged them to avoid fur, leather, wool, down and angora  products and instead to choose a gift that would make the recipient happy without hurting animals.  Gift card to Strong Hearts (vegan) Cafe, anyone?  We were interviewed by Skaneateles Press, which carried photos of our banners too.

 

OCT. 12, 2013 MUSIC FUNDER FOR PAR

Linda DeStefano, Dana Seidenberg and Bill Goodwin cover literature and cookie table

Eileen Rose, singer, songwriter and mountain dulcimer player, was the artist at funder.

APRIL 30, 2013 SAFARI BOB GRAHAM ON THE STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL OF BIG CATS AND WILD CANINES IN AFRICA

 

MARCH 20, 2013, PAR AT LOBBYING PRESENTATION

PAR and several other local animal rights and animal welfare organizations had tables and spoke at a lobbying presentation given by Brian Shapiro, N.Y.S. Director of the Humane Society of the U.S.  Brian explained the importance of contacting state legislators in support of bills to help animals.  Animal activists had a chance to meet each other and learn what each group is doing.

MARCH16, 2013 PAR TABLE AT GREEN PLANET

PAR covered a table of literature to give customers who came to "Customer Appreciation Day" at Green Planet Grocery.  This family-owned store has  organic (and sometimes local) produce and many vegan items (as well as non-vegan items).  Their cafe is all-vegan - offering tasty soups, smoothies, desserts and other items.  Visit them at 3514 W. Genesee St., Syracuse (across from Fairmount Fair), (315)488-7777, www.gpgrocery.com

 

DEMO AGAINST FOIE GRAS ORGANIZED BY S.A.R.O. FEB. 15, 2013

PAR members Linda DeStefano and Annette Bailey  joined  Amber Canavan and other S.A.R.O. (Syracuse Animal Rights Organization) members as they organized in front of L'Adour Restaurant because L'Adour serves foie gras.  To learn what's wrong with foie gras and how you can help, see www.nofoiegras.org 

 

PAR VEGAN SOCIAL AT STRONG HEARTS CAFE, JAN. 27, 2013

What a fun way to meet like-minded people and help animals at the same time.  Although Strong Hearts is all-vegan, you don't have to be vegan to enjoy this tasty food.

 

ANTI-FUR DEMONSTRATION, DEC. 2, 2012

 

Members of PAR and S.A.R.O. Organized a Demonstration in front of Skaneateles Furs.

VARIETY PROGRAM: HELP FOR DOGS; ANIMAL STORIES; MUSIC FROM THE HEART, OCT. 18, 2012

Eileen Rose (musician), Renee Felice (storyteller), Ruth Sturgis and Pat Raechal (from Hardeko Helping Paws Pantry)

 

FUNDRAISER FOR PEOPLE FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS, JUNE, 2012

Fri. June 8, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sparky Town restaurant, 324 Burnet Ave. (corner with Catherine St.),
Syracuse, 422-8401 www.sparkytown.net Performance of folk, old-tyme, traditional, mountain,blues, bluegrass. and originals by The Genesee Three, who are:

  • Shirley Stevens--- with the Bluegrass Band, " Diamond Someday" and "In Harmony"
  • Dana "Short Order" Cooke--- with "A Rose Amongst the Thorns"
  • Eileen Rose---with "Larry Hoyt and the Good Acoustics", "Mark Zane and Friends", and "A Rose Amongst the Thorns"

 


 

Protest Foie Gras - Feb. 14, 2012

People for Animal Rights will join a demonstration organized by Syracuse Animal Rights Organization to protest the continued serving of foie gras at L'Adour restaurant. Foie gras is made from the diseased liver of ducks and geese who are force-fed and then killed (unless they die first from their injuries from the forcefeeding). L'Adour has refused to remove this product of cruelty from their menu. Please contact them to ask them to remove foie gras. L'Adour
110 Montgomery St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 475-7653
Fax: (315) 471-9713 Also consider joining a peaceful demonstration in front of L'Adour on Tuesday, Feb. 14 (St. Valentine's Day) from 6 to 7 p.m. (the occasion of a "Lover's Feast" event).

FUR FREE FRIDAY 2011


Syracuse Animal Rights Organization (S.A.R.O.) and PAR members and supporters remind shoppers on "Fur Free Friday" on Nov. 25, 2011 that rabbits and other animals suffer an agonizing death when used for fur garments or fur trim. The "bloody" bunnies with the skin torn off in patches are Cassandra C. Palumbo and Margo S. Lenweaver, who traveled from Oneida to make their statement. Other participants are Jan Markarian, Annette Bailey, Sandy Porter and Amber Coon. (Photo: Amber Coon)

WILDLIFE ON THE EDGE, Oct. 2011

R.X. Rick, Membership Coordinator of People for Animal Rights, and Bob Graham ("Safari Bob") at Onondaga Free Library after Graham's power point presentation of photos he took in Africa of four species in danger from human overpopulation and over-hunting: gorillas, rhinos, elephants and lions.

What: Photographic safari by Bob Graham
When: Tuesday. Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.
Where: Onondaga Free Library, 4840 West Seneca Turnpike, in the Town of Onondaga, (315)492-1727
Free and open to the public Wildlife on the Edge is about four African mammal species that are in danger of disappearing from the wild in our lifetime. Two of these, the African elephant and the lion, are threatened; and two, the rhinoceros and the mountain gorilla, are endangered. Using photos from his many trips to Africa, Bob Graham will discuss each of these unique and fascinating animals and their continued effort to survive in a world dominated by humans and pushed out of their habitats by exploding numbers of people. Bob Graham has traveled around the world, photographing wildlife in their natural environment. While working overseas, weekends were spent visiting rainforests, deserts, and mountains to photograph and study threatened and endangered species. After retirement in 2001, Bob has focused on travel and photography. He has photographed wildlife in the Amazon Rainforest, Antarctica, Borneo, the Galapagos Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Alaska, the Everglades, the Rocky Mountains, Yellowstone, Churchill, and throughout Africa.

"LIVING WITH HYDROFRACKING: DOES IT PAY?" May, 2011

Weds. May 25 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
University United Methodist Church
E. Genesee St. and University Ave., Syracuse
(enter from University) Professor Bill Podulka spoke about the net negative economic impact of hydrofracking. Barb Jarmoska traveled from Pennsylvania to describe what it's like to live with hydrofracking. Co-sponsors: People for Animal Rights, the Iroquois Group of the Sierra Club, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, Otisco Lake Preservation Association and Shaleshock, CNY.

 

HABITAT GARDENING FOR LIFE, OCT 5, 2010

Michael Eichelberger, PAR activist, and Janet Allen, progam speaker, with PAR banner.

 

LIFE IN THE LAB: HIDDEN TRUTH ABOUT ANIMAL EXPERIMENTATION, SEPT. 2010

Michael Budkie from S.A.E.N. (Stop Animal Exploitation Now) showed  slides and described the suffering of animals in labs in the U.S. His book is TEAR AT THE JACKET.

 

TEN YEARS OF WILDLIFE EXPENIENCES, APRIL 2010

Matt Perry, Director of the Nature Sanctuary at Spring Farm CARES in Clinton, NY presented beautiful slides of birds and other animals at the sanctuary.

 

Dr. Greger Comes to Town with his Nutrition Pop Quiz, Sept. 2009

Michael Greger, M.D. provided an informative and lively quiz on the latest in nutrition. Liverpool Public Library, Sept. 16, 2009. See DrGreger.org

Michael Greger, M.D. introduces an engaging new interactive quiz show format that lets us test our nutrition knowledge with some surprising outcomes. ÊDr. Greger has scoured the world's scholarly literature on clinical nutrition and developed this brand-new talk of the latest in cutting-edge research. ÊFocusing on studies published just over the last year in peer-reviewed scientific nutrition journals, ÊDr. Greger offers practical advice on how best to feed ourselves and our families to prevent, treat, and even reverse chronic disease. A founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Michael Greger, MD, is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. ÊHe has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the International Bird Flu Summit, the National Institutes of Health, testified before Congress, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous "meat defamation" trial. He is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine. Currently Dr. Greger serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States.


 

The Wild Birds of Central New York
A new video presentation by Matt Perry - April, 2009

Matt Perry, Conservation Directory of Spring Farm CARES in Clinton, showed his beautiful video of "The Wild Birds of CNY" on April 20, 2009 at Liverpool Public Library.


 


Members of S.A.R.O. (Syracuse Animal Rights Organization) and PAR protest fur in front of a fur store in Skaneateles on Dec. 6, 2008.


 

How C.N.Y. Cat Coalition Helps Cats, Nov. 2008

Mon. Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.
Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St.
Liverpool

Sponsored by People for Animal Rights.
Questions? PAR, 488-PURR (9 a.m. - 10:45 p.m.) or ldestefano3@twcny.rr.com



Pamm Mosey covers the PAR table at our Nov. 10, 2008 program featuring the CNY Cat Coalition.


Michelle Powers speaks about the CNY Cat Coalition at the Nov. 10, 2008 PAR program.


 

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! June, 2008

Those who missed our earlier showing of "The Emotional World of Farm Animals" requested another date so we will show it again on Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. at the Recess Coffeehouse, 110 Harvard Place, Syracuse. Free and open to the public. This delightful 50-minute documentary visits several sanctuaries for farm animals and explores their emotions. See the harrowing escape of Queenie, the cow, from a Queens slaughterhouse. Info: People for Animal Rights, 488-PURR, ldestefano3@twcny.rr.com


THE EMOTIONAL WORLD OF FARM ANIMALS is a delightful video (50 min.) about how animals often thought of as "food" are very similar to the rest of us. See several sanctuaries for farm animals and see the harrowing escape of Queenie, a cow who rescued herself from a Queens slaughterhouse. MON. MAY 12, 2008 AT 7 P.M. AT THE LIVERPOOL PUBLIC LIBRARY, 310 TULIP ST., LIVERPOOL FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

CINDY PAGE, WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR, SEPT. 2007




Sept. 10, 2007 PAR hosted Cindy Page, wildlife rehabilitator, at Liverpool Public Library. She used props and slides to demonstrate her rescue of orphaned and injured wild animals. Among the audience was a Girl Scout troop which sent up a chorus of appreciative sounds whenever a cute animal was displayed on the screen.
 


 

Aug. 27, 2007 PAR hosted Will and Madeleine Tuttle at Onondaga Free Library for a presentation that included a lecture, a piano piece and visual art. Will talked about his book, The World Peace Diet, and explained eloquently how a vegan diet is connected to a compassionate and peaceful society. He performed one of his compositions - a piece inspired by a mouse. Madeleine displayed her beautiful art work of animals. Some people told us they were inspired to move toward a vegan diet.
 


 

PAR organized a demonstration July 21, 2007 in front of KFC on Erie Blvd., E. to protest the company's refusal to improve the horrendous mistreatment of chickens supplied to its chain. We gave out flyers urging people to boycott KFC and tell the chain why. The national organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has encouraged protests nationwide to pressure KFC to negotiate to lessen the misery of the chickens.



Sara Walter (in costume) and Debbie Walter at the protest.



L to R: Allison Gates, Jan Markarian and Linda A. DeStefano protesting KFC cruelty


In Observance of World Week for Animals in Laboratories(WWAIL), People for Animal Rights held a demonstration on Saturday, April 28th, 2007 in front of Bristol/Myers/Squibb at 6000 Thompson Rd., East Syracuse, N.Y. We held posters up to the passing traffic of animals suffering in labs and received several supportive responses. Thanks to Lou DeSantis, PAR demonstration coordinator, for organizing this on behalf of the animals who suffer and die inside this pharmaceutical company.


 

WAYWARD PAWS, APRIL, 2007

Wayward Paws April 17, 2007 Lisa Skardinski and Birdie French of Wayward Paws told about 45 people about their work rescuing cats and kittens. Lisa and Birdie stepped in at the last minute when the two women who were scheduled to present from Operation Wildcats were unable to do so because of illness. We also showed a video from ASPCA called "Throwaways" about the abandonment of cats and dogs on the streets and the need to convince people to spay and neuter their animals before they have even one litter. The discussion period which followed included shared stories by people who are rescuing cats. One of the problems rescue workers face is that most vets don't want to take a turn performing sterilization surgery on feral cats, which limits the effectiveness of sterilization clinics. It was encouraging to see people exchange contact information in an effort to help each other with the overwhelming problem of cat and dog over-population and subsequent death on the streets or in the shelters.


 

Health Fair Extravaganza People for Animal Rights had a table at the Health Fair Extravaganza at the State Fairgrounds on March 25, 2007. Wendy Meyerson of Natur-Tyme provided free space. Vegan cookies, free buttons, free literature and priced items were taken by a steady stream of people. Wendy estimates more than 1,500 people attended the Fair. PAR arranged for Ted Barnett, M.D. to present a workshop on veganism - the benefits to health, animals and the environment. He said he, as a physician, thinks that physicians have an obligation to inform themselves and patients about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to avoid serious health problems.


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