VIDEO: I have a confession

Want to see a vegan cry? Here you go. This is the first time I’ve ever made a video like this. Yesterday I did something I deeply regret; this is me repenting. I’ve never been this honest and open before, about how I feel about animals, so it’s a little scary, but I think it’s something I have to do to be true to myself and my ideals.

Click here to watch and comment on the video. Thank you!


Today is International Respect for Chickens Day!

Today is International Respect for Chickens Day, and I would like to voice my respect, love, and admiration for chickens. I am so happy I went vegan, because I went from feeling guilty and confused about these birds, to feeling like they’re my sisters, who I should get to know. And you know, they’re pretty awesome.

Click here for eggless, meatless recipes, or click here for articles and other information about this holiday.

Peace and love to everyone of all species! Here’s to a peaceful future.

Calling all vegans: Stand up and be counted!

One of my contacts on Facebook, M Butterflies Katz, started a thread where vegans from all over the world are posting their locations, to show folks how many of us there are, and how widespread veganism is. The numbers are really growing but we need more folks to share this with their contacts so we can reach more vegans! As of this moment there are 1,320 posts. Please check it out and pass it on: Tell us where you are in the world

This is really important for folks who don’t live in places like Ithaca – there are people in this thread who live in communities where they’re the only vegan. Imagine how lonely that must be! Let’s show some solidarity and pass this around so folks can see they are not alone.

“Eating” Movie Screening this Friday

The movie “Eating” will be showing at the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca this Friday, from 7 – 9 pm, as part of the Peter DeMott film series. It’s all Free! Child care, popcorn, and vegan (and some gluten-free) desserts. The movie is a powerful look at the biggest cause of disease, disabilities, and death in the U.S today. Knowledge is power. Come learn! Sponsored by the DOVE (Demonstrating Our Values Through Eating) Committee of the Social Justice Council of the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca.

Questions? Contact Amie at 272-1126 or via email at Please RSVP so we know how much food to make.

Stand up for our deer neighbors on March 14th

This just in from Cayuga Deer:

On Monday, March 14th at 7 PM (Marcham Hall, 836 Hanshaw Rd), we will all have another opportunity to tell the mayor and trustees why their deer-killing plan must be stopped. Join the growing numbers of informed citizens who are showing up and speaking out for the Ithaca we know and love. Don’t let this tragically misguided administration destroy the culture of non-violence our community has enjoyed for generations.


VIDEO: Cayuga Deer on TV

Cayuga Deer on the Headline News program “ISSUES with Jane Velez-Mitchell” can be watched here:
The video features beautiful photos of local deer, taken by Alexandra Giordano, and Cayuga Deer’s Compassion Parade at the Ithaca Festival.

Some ways that you can help follow. Thanks to Cayuga Deer for offering these suggestions so that the rest of us can support your good work!

Cayuga Heights deer issue on national TV!

Tonight marks a watershed moment in the struggle to protect Cayuga Heights’ deer residents from their annual slaughter:

Tune into CNN’s Headline News on CNN’s sister network, HLN, tonight at 7 PM EST, when co-founder James LaVeck will be interviewed on “Issues with Jane Velez Mitchell”.

Our congratulations to the dedicated activists of! Thank you folks so much for your hard work on behalf of our deer neighbors.

If you haven’t yet signed the petition, please do it now – it only takes a moment.

Oswego Slaughterhouse Protests Continue

Just read this article from the Palladium-Times, Residents protest Bion proposal at Legislature meeting.

I don’t really know what to say about it, except that the use of the term “cattle finishing” is pretty 1984ish. Are they referring to a feedlot or to the slaughterhouse element, or both? Either way, it seems fake and gross to use this term in regard to the lives of sentient beings.

Thanks to the folks who are showing up at these meetings in protest. Please send a letter to your local legislators to ask that this project be denied, it sounds like a nightmare for the cows as well as an unsound business decision for the region.

If you’re interested in the role played by our economy, and capitalism generally, in the exploitation of animals, read Making A Killing: The Political Economy of Animal Rights by Bob Torres. Fantastic book!

Previously: Help stop the construction of a 42,000-cow slaughterhouse in Oswego County

Save our deer neighbors: Letters to the Editor

Cayuga Deer has been keeping track of statements given at hearings and letters sent to our local papers in support of deer – and against killing them in Cayuga Heights. If you too believe that killing sentient beings is no solution for traffic problems, lend your voice to the debate.

The Ithaca Journal – Send to: Editor, Ithaca Journal, 123 W. State St., Ithaca, NY 14850 or submit by email to David Kubissa (opinion page editor): Be sure to ask Mr. Kubissa to contact you for permission before changing anything you wrote for publication.

The Ithaca Times – Send to: Editor, Ithaca Times, 109 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY 14850 or submit by email:

Help stop the construction of a 42,000-cow slaughterhouse in Oswego County

A huge corporation called Bion wants to open up an industrial slaughterhouse operation that will be distributed across Oswego County. They’ve been holding meetings with local legislators to help stack the deck in their favor.

Join local animal rights advocates, vegans and vegetarians, and family farms in organizing against this industrial development. Call the Oswego County Legislators now to let them know their constituents are not in favor of the Bion Project.

Find your district and give your legislator a call – click here for numbers.

Also, consider attending the Oswego County Legislature meetings and making your voice heard. The next meeting for both Oswego County (2pm) and Schroeppel Town Board (7pm) is Thursday, August 12th. Click here for more info.

Photo: Cincinnati Freedom, a cow who escaped an Ohio slaughterhouse and lived out her remaining six years at Farm Sanctuary (they took the photo). Save cows, go vegan!