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Like Elephants? Help Elephants!

sad circus elephant remembering her familyI recently learned about Elephant Watch Nepal and hope other animal advocates will help to spread the word about their wonderful work for elephants and other animals around the world.

More info: Responsible Travel vs Elephant Safaris

Like them on Facebook and share their page with your contacts – thanks! They can really use the international exposure.

Animal Rescue Fundraising Shindig!

rescue-fundraiser
This just in from Browncoat Cat Rescue:

Americana Wineries is having a book release shindig, with fundraising for rescue groups (Seneca County SPCA, Pet the Pet, and Browncoat Cat Rescue!) There will be live music, face-painting, food, wine, raffles, a silent auction, and adorable animals to meet! Eat, drink, and save some lives.

Well mannered dogs are more than welcome to attend!

Come by BCR’s little tent, and meet my boxes of kittens :-)

Saturday, June 1, 2013
12:00pm until 6:00pm

RSVP on Facebook

Will you stand up for animals in this year’s Ithaca Festival Parade?

Just saw this on Facebook:

Please join Finger Lakes Animal Rights on Wednesday May 29th, to march in the Ithaca Festival 2013 Parade, themed “Where the Heart Is”. We’ll be walking resources — carrying signs displaying titles of books, podcasts, films, etc. related to making the world a better place through veganism. Anyone is welcome to join in. A great opportunity to show our community that it’s a win-win situation to Wear a Heart for ALL animals.

Finger Lakes Animal Rights parade banner

Finger Lakes Animal Rights parade banner

More info and ongoing updates: www.veganedu.org/parade/

Contact & RSVP: fingerlakesanimalrights@gmail.com

If you’re not vegan yet, I bet this movie will convince you

Or maybe not, who knows! But this movie does seem to be very convincing to a lot of people. See if it works for you, maybe!

Community screening SATURDAY in Ithaca:

DOVE (Demonstrating Our Values Through Eating) & Club Veg Film Series
FORKS OVER KNIVES: Join the Conversation That’s Changing the Way America Eats

Saturday, April 13th, 7 – 9 PM

At the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca ANNEX Building, 208 East Buffalo Street, 2nd floor, Ithaca

FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

“A film that can save your life” ~ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“I Loved it and I need all of you to see it” ~ Dr. Oz, The Dr. Oz Show

“Great movie” ~ Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist

“Convincing, radical, and politically volatile” ~ John Anderson, Variety

Who: Open to the public, childcare available
Cost: FREE (optional desserts and popcorn available for sale)
Reservations: Reservations for childcare REQUIRED by Wednesday April 10th.
Reservations for attending helpful for setup purposes. Reserve by emailing clubveg@gmail.com. For more information call 272-1126 before 10 PM
Make sure to include your name, number in your party, if you want to reserve childcare (and how many children and what ages).

DOVE & Club Veg planning meeting precedes the movie starting at 5:30. If you would like to get involved with DOVE (Demonstrating Our Values through Eating) an Action Team of the Unitarian Social Justice Council OR Club Veg as a volunteer, come to a meeting for volunteers. Delicious vegan dinner available for $10/each. Reservations required if you would like to order a dinner. See reservation information above.

Conference: “A Politics of Disability, Animal Liberation, and Queering”

dis-abled dog running with the help of wheels

Dear vegans of today: Thank you for being awesome. This is so incredibly far beyond anything that was happening when I was an 18-year-old baby vegan. How far we’ve all come!

1st Annual Conference “Engaging with Eco-ability”
Binghamton University, New York
April 27 and 28, 2013

Theme:
A Politics of Disability, Animal Liberation, and Queering

The 1st Annual Conference “Engaging with Eco-ability” will be hosted at Binghamton University April 27th & 28th, 2013. The conference will be organized and moderated by Anthony Nocella II and JL Schatz. The goal of this conference is to lay the groundwork for an edited book that’s part of the Critical Animal Studies series published by Lexington Books.

Sponsors include Binghamton University English Department, Binghamton University, Institute for Critical Animal Studies, and Students for Critical Animal Studies.

More info / RSVP on Facebook.

10 things you can do to help bees

This morning I started to read Bee Deaths From Colony Collapse Disorder On The Rise As Researchers Point To Pesticides on Huffington Post, and then I realized I’d rather find out how I can help, instead of just feeling bad about the problem. Here are some suggestions I found on the interwebs.

  1. Stop buying GMO, non-organic food, and support organic agriculture instead. Buy used and/or organic clothing.
  2. Learn about where your food and clothing comes from and how much pesticide went into its production.
  3. Stop using pesticides in your own lawn and garden.
  4. Sign petitions banning pesticides, and support the use of organic alternatives.
  5. Encourage your local government to do more to help bees.
  6. Attract bees by planting clover, flowering trees, and herbs that bees like. Provide a water source so they can take a drink when they visit.
  7. Let your veggies go to seed after harvest, to help fatten up your bee neighbors for the long winter.
  8. Educate yourself about bees so you can be more sure of how you relate to them and what you might like to do to help them.
  9. Pass on your knowledge about bees. Your voice is powerful, and the bees can’t speak for themselves! Make sure that kids understand that bees are an important part of their ecosystem.
  10. Provide bee habitat, but make sure you’re keeping bees and humans safe from hurting each other by marking bees’ homes.

    The only one I saw folks mention elsewhere that I didn’t put here was “become a beekeeper / support your local beekeeper.” I don’t feel that it would be my place to confine and manipulate others and take things they make, or to encourage others to do that. It takes the average worker bee her entire life to produce just one twelfth of one teaspoon of honey. They make it for their colony, not for us.

    If you do choose to use bee products, please make sure they’re locally produced and that you feel good about the way the bees are living, from birth to death. Since your decision impacts the lives of other beings, you may want to educate yourself about some of the ethical problems with beekeeping, honey, and beeswax. Thank you!

Speaking for myself

I’m no longer calling this blog “Vegan Ithaca,” but rather, “Living a Vegan Life in Ithaca” – and it’s no longer going to attempt to catalog vegan goings-on in Ithaca. That is too big a task for me! I felt like I was representing the views of others, or that folks would think that I was trying to represent others. So now I’m only representing myself and my own views, on this site. For more about this, please click here.

I had a bit of a revelation in 2012 – namely, that I don’t have to speak for anyone else, and I don’t have to work toward anyone else’s goals. That’s a very liberating idea! I can really hold myself back when I’m worried about whether I’m stepping on someone else’s toes. So to that end, I made this change, and started a Tumblr. My hope is that this reframing will help me to feel more free in my advocacy, so I can be a better ally and a more effective activist. We’ll see how it goes.

Please feel free to click the follow button to your right (or the RSS link), so you’ll get updates. I really value feedback, so please do tell me what you think of this change, or of the Tumblr. Thanks for reading!

Broken Bruce

broken bruce the rescued catMy friend Kristin of Browncoat Cat Rescue is trying to raise funds to help get x-rays for a poor kitty named Broken Bruce. His story is so heartbreaking – I really hope that folks will donate to help get him the care he needs. If you can’t donate, please consider sharing this link with your contacts. Thank you!

Here’s his story:

Bruce was found with a severe upper respiratory infection that had caused him to lose the hair around his eyes. (This mask shape is what led to his name.) He has blossomed from a scared and sickly kitten into a wonderfully affectionate and outgoing little guy. While snuggling with his foster mom on the couch, he blissfully rolled over, and off onto the floor. This fall of roughly two feet cost him the use of the left side of his body. A physical exam at the vets led to a diagnosis of at least two hairline fractures. His doctor believes he could have either osteogenesis imperfecta, (the patient does not have normal bone formation leading to soft and fragile bones) or Vitamin D responsive rickets (even in patients with healthy diets, they develop rickets due to problem with calcium metabolism.)

We need to take radiographs of Bruce’s bones to get an idea about whether or not he has normal bone density. Pending the results of the radiographs, he may need further testing to evaluate for other conditions (such as calcium metabolism problems.)

The initial radiographs alone are estimated at $360-$560.

Bruce is currently confined to a small crate to keep him from further injury, but he rarely stirs from his cushion. Please help Bruce, so he can run and play again!

Click here to donate.

UPDATE: A few days after this was posted, poor Bruce passed away. However, his fund is still open; all funds go toward helping orphaned kittens.