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People For Animal Rights was formed in 1982 in Syracuse, New York and continues its grassroots, all-volunteer work to protect animals and the Earth. We derive almost all of our income from membership dues and donations.

 We put this to work by producing our newsletter (mailed to members and dropped off at many locations), paying a modest fee to speakers for our public education events, buying films for those events, and paying for the usual administrative necessities (phone, stamps, poster board for demonstrations, etc.) Members and their guests are invited to our vegan socials.  You don't have to be vegan or vegetarian to participate and enjoy the tasty food and good company.

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Here's a sample of the information you'll find in our newsletter. Please subscribe for a donation of any amount or become a member of PAR and receive the newsletter as part of your membership dues.


 

 

WHY DO YOU HURT ME?

by Eileen Rose

Thoughts "spoken" by an animal abused by her or his guardian:

Look into my eyes 

Why can't you see

I have a heart too

That beats in me

What did I do

To cause me such pain

Do you not love me

Is my life in vain

All I desire

is a home of my own

To rest on your lap

And purr not to moan

A faithful companion

I long to be

Why do you strike 

Your hand to me

If you only knew 

I feel it all

When you try to hurt me

Does it make you feel tall

I was created to give you love

It's in my eyes

When you give me a shove

Rethink your actions

Pain takes its toll

On my beautiful body 

And my tender soul

Please try to end this

Abuse at your hand

Why can't you stop this

I don't understand

(from Sping/Summer 2014 PAR newsletter)

 

 

 


 

HOLDING THIS WORLD TOGETHER ON THE WINGS OF A BUTTERFLY

by pam mc new

It weaves and flutters its way into our hearts and is a must for our very existence.

You see, like all things of beauty, we live for and feel elevated to the heavens above just by the mere sight of it, this sweet creation of a Monarch butterfly is possibly our very salvation.

Without it, without the essence of innocence and unending symbolism it imparts to us all, our rich rich world has just become poorer.

When things perish and leave  this world --- things we know, recognize and revere --- we are apt to hear the ache within us.  We need desperately to listen to that sadness.  What is happening to this butterfly should bring our desperate attention to its plight.  For, in reality, it is ours as well.

The loss of habitat, the rearranging of our earth to suit the mighty dollar is not the way of life that will sustain any of us for long. We will find, like the Monarch, that more important than  profits are peaceful clean waters.  More important than taking down our forests, our woods, the very places where the earth breathes and shelters us, is the knowledge that these places are homes to our vast and varied wildlife and unhesitatingly irreplaceable.

We have poisoned the earth and ourselves and our friends such as the Monarch.  We use pesticides that do only the companies that make them any good.

The diversity of life and foods that feeds the diversity of life on the planet is thought to be better controlled. We have so little true knowledge of this earth's complexities, it is arrogant to presume we can control and/or oversee it.

Let life live.  Helping the very Monarch butterfly possibly come back to its once healthy state may  mean that this may also happen to us.  We all need and should desperately seek the highest efforts to leave the earth in peace and let it breathe and beat its own drum and heal itself.  We must leave it alone.  Money is tainting and an addiction.

If we let money ruin our life ties, our Monarch butterfly and our own lives will be forever and irreparably  diminished.

We can plant things for the butterfly like milkweed and butterfly weed and bushes.  It is important.  However they have a journey they have traveled immemorial, and that is more than precious and more than vulnerable to our interference and its demise.

EDTITORS NOTE: The caterpillar of the monarch butterfly can eat only milkweed.  If you want to help the  monarch, you can choose from a variety of milkweed plants and add them to your garden.  Learn more from Habitat Gardening of Central NY at hgcny.org  See www.learner.org/north/tm/monarch/conservation_overview.html tofind more ways to help and to  learn why the monarch is in decline.

(article from Spring/Summer 2014 PAR newsletter)

 

BOOK REVIEW:

ELEPHANTS AMONG US: TWO PERFORMING ELEPHANTS IN 20TH CENTURY AMERICA, M. JAYNES, EARTHBOOKS, 2013

BY EMILY GARRETT

Elephants Among Us is a well-written and heart-breaking story about the lives and cruel and senseless deaths of Stoney and Mary - two performing elephants. The book begins with Stoney. He was born in captivity in 1973 and was purchased by a couple that made their living by training elephants and booking them for county fairs and circuses.  Training methods included food deprivation, isolation and the use of a bull hook. The elephant Stoney learned all his tricks and began performing in 1977.  However, his owner’s lack of attention to his needs resulted in USDA violations regarding Stoney’s environment and physical and emotional condition. Then on September 23, 1994 while performing at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, Stoney cried out and dropped to his knees having torn a tendon and leaving him unable to perform. After that, he lived in almost total isolation behind the Luxor Hotel and suffered a lot of pain and loneliness despite some efforts to restore him to health. Animal welfare advocates eventually got involved but Stoney died in August 1995 before he could be moved to a sanctuary.

(from Spring/Summer 2014 PAR newsletter)

 


 
Review of the film NEVER CRY WOLF
 
by Pam McNew
 
 
In 1983 my life, through no particular action of my own, was changed forever.  It was the year the movie "Never Cry Wolf" was released.  Having liked Alaska, the author (Farley Mowat) of this true story and wolves was all it took to get me into the theater to see it.
 
I do not like to give plots away so I will skirt that, only to say that if you love animals of any kind you will see them in an entirely new light after this comical, tender, and environmentally aware movie.  It is one of my most favorite movies of all time.
 
To borrow words from another "The film had so overwhelmed me that everything else seemed unimportant, and the film seemed like the only reality. That had never happened before and it's never happened since."
 
"The script is a masterpiece of understated writing, almost like cinematic haiku."
 
The cinematography is elegant.  Perhaps the most haunting aspect of this whole movie is the last scenes which tie together a perfect gift package for us all.  That gift untied itself in my heart and has stayed there ever since. 
 
I hope you want to learn the truth about wolves, our relationship with our fellow critters as a whole, and what the contrast of money speaking society can do to them and to our very soul.  It is replete with the most remarkable messages of all times in this subtle and lovely movie that no one should ever miss seeing.
 
(article from Fall/Winter 2012/2013 newsletter)
 
 
COYOTES LOVE PUMPKINS: Coyote Behavior and How People and Coyotes Can Co-exist Peacefully
 
by Linda A. DeStefano
 
"Coyotes love pumpkins" was one of many interesting tidbits Elise Able shared with us during a free workshop on April 23, 2012.
The workshop was a response to a request by a few residents of Salina to the Town of Salina board, requesting that the board  temporarily
lift the ban on discharge of firearms in their neighborhood so they could hire someone to shoot coyotes.
 
Elise runs Foxwood Wildlife Rescue for injured and orphaned wildlife near Buffalo, N.Y.  You can learn more about her center at:
 
Foxwood Wildlife Refuge, Inc.
11156 Old Glenwood Rd.
East Concord, N.Y. 14055
(716)592-1861
foxwoodrehab.typepad.com
 
Elise stated that coyotes are survivors; they are here to stay in N.Y.S.  Must we make them into our enemy?  No, as long as we respect their
wild nature and don't encourage them to think of us as providing food (whether we do so deliberately or inadvertently).  Here are some rules:
 
1. Secure your garbage and compost.
 
2. Keep cats indoors. Coyotes will occasionally eat cats.
 
3. Don't leave your dog outside alone.  A small dog could be eaten, and a large dog could fight with a coyote.
 
4. Keep bird feeder areas clean.
 
5. Don't feed your dog or cat outside.
 
6. If coyotes are becoming a serious nuisance in your yard , you can install a "coyote roller" fence, which prevents them from going over the top.
 
7. Close off crawl spaces under porches and sheds, but FIRST BE SURE NO ANIMAL OF ANY SPECIES - ESPECIALLY BABIES - ARE LIVING THERE.
 
8. If a coyote has become accustomed to people and is getting too bold, frighten her/him away with loud noises, lights and even small stones
(but don't aim to hit the coyote with the stones).
 
Two or three coyotes can sound like many more when they are howling.  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation estimates that there are 20 to 30,000 coyotes in N.Y.S.   This is probably a summer estimate when the pups are born.  Typically, half or more
of the pups die, which may leave 10 to 15,000.  Of a litter of four to seven pups, usually two survive until Fall.
 
The home range of a coyote is two to 26 square miles.  They are most active in the morning and evening, but it isn't unusual for them to be out during other times of the day.
 
Coyotes can be useful to people by controlling the goose population by eating the eggs.  They also control the population of mice and rats.
Many people (hopefully, more and more) appreciate them just for themselves and get a thrill from hearing their "night music" and catching a glimpse of them during the day.
 
Elise cited a 1997 letter from Dr. Robert L. Crabtree, President and Founder of the Yellowstone Ecosystem Studies and Affiliate Faculty in the
Biology Department at Montana State University.  The Predator Defense Institute had requested his scientific opinion about the effect of lethal
population control of coyotes.  Based on his research,  Crabtree states:  "It cannot be over-emphasized how powerfully coyote populations
compensate for population reductions."  One of the ways is that coyotes immigrate to the area where resident coyote numbers have been
reduced.  Another mechanism has to do with the coyote social structure.  Ordinarily, only the alpha pair breeds.  If the pair is killed, the social
structure breaks down and other coyotes breed.  These coyotes are probably younger and will be fertile longer.  In addition, the amount of food
per coyote increased with the killing program so the remaining females have more food, resulting in bigger pups and sometimes larger litters.
The rate of survival of the pups increases.
 
This is just a brief excerpt from Crabtree's long letter.  If you want a copy of the letter, let me know.  Contact information is on the front page of
this newsletter.
 
(article from Fall/Winter 2012/2013 newsletter)
 
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April, 2016 update on "Counseling fo Animal Abusers" contact information.  The current contact person is lisa.lunghofer@animalsandsociety.org  And the current web page is www.animalsandsociety.org
 
Linda

COUNSELING FOR ANIMAL ABUSERS

by Linda A. DeStefano

Are you outraged and sad when you learn about abuse of animals? Do you wonder how the abuser's attitude and behavior can be changed so that he or she is no longer a threat to others? The Animals and Society Institute ( a newly merged organization of Society & Animals Forum and Institute for Animals in Society) believes that counseling specifically geared to abusers of animals can bring positive change. The people at Animals and Society Institute developed the "AniCare Treatment" and "AniCare Child" models and hold workshops to train therapists in their use. Both models are cognitive-behavioral based, emphasize empathy, self-management, and problem-solving. "AniCare" addresses accountability as critical to changed behavior. Judges in 27 states can sentence abusers of animals to mental health counseling, and California and Iowa mandate such counseling. There is a need for trained counselors so Animals and Society Institute is trying to increase the number of certified trainers, who can then train more counselors. If you want to know more, contact Mary Ann Lauffer at malauffer@psyeta.org or at (724)861-5520 or Ken Shapiro at kshapiro@societyandanimalsforum.org or write to Animals and Society Institute at 403 McCauley St., Washington Grove, MD 20880. Visit their website at www.societyandanimalsforum.org

(article from Fall/Winter 2005/2006 PAR newsletter)

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