SLIDESHOW: Vegan Ithaca in photos!

Photos can be a great way to show folks how delicious and fulfilling a vegan life can be. If you tag them well so people can find them easily, you can even get them featured in the news or on websites.

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If you have photos of local vegans, potlucks, vegan food, animal rights activism, and so on, consider adding them to our Vegan Ithaca photo pool on Flickr. You can add a limited number of photos to Flickr each month for free, or if you’re a photo geek like me, you can pay a small fee for a pro account. We welcome your images – post away, and tell your photographer friends!

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.

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:

Progress in the struggle to protect deer in Cayuga Heights

Cayuga Deer‘s latest update gave me a nice warm feeling inside – it’s beautiful that so many folks are speaking up for the deer in Cayuga Heights. Please read on for the news, and consider joining their mailing list or connecting with them on Twitter or Facebook so you too can hear about upcoming ways to help resolve this situation peacefully.

Farm Sanctuary Fourth of July Pignic

Props to Farm Sanctuary for offering an awesome animal-friendly celebration this Independence Day! If you haven’t yet been to the Sanctuary, I recommend it. Nothing will make you feel better about being vegan than meeting the sweet, beautiful rescued animals that live there.

Celebrate the freedom of rescued farm animals who call Farm Sanctuary home by visiting our New York Shelter this Fourth of July. Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, invites the public to attend our annual Fourth of July Pignic, for a compassionate celebration of our nation’s birthday.

This festive, full day event offers free guided tours of the sanctuary, the opportunity to interact with farm animals rescued from cases of cruelty, neglect and abuse, free samples of delicious veggie food and animal-themed arts and crafts for kids.

Tours begin every hour on the hour from 11 am to 3 pm.

WHEN: Sunday, July 4, 2010; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Farm Sanctuary, 3100 Aikens Rd., Watkins Glen, N.Y. (map)

The Pignic is a free, all-ages event open to the public. No registration is necessary. For further information, please call 607-583-2225 ext. 221 or visit!

Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the “food animal” industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif., provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. Additional information can be found at or by calling 607-583-2225.

TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) Freeskool Workshop

TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release)
Facilitator: Kristin
Date/Time: June 22 3pm
Location: Park across from Hickeys Music
Do you believe all living creatures including feral and stray cats deserve compassion, care and protection for their entire lives? Would you like to make an immediate difference in not only the quality of life of cats, but the people within your community? Come learn about TNR, (trap-neuter-release) the most effective way to manage healthy feral cat populations.

TUESDAY: Animal Rights Sharing Circle

I’m psyched about this discussion I’m holding on Tuesday, and hope that some of our readers here will attend! Please help spread the word if you can, too. I’m hoping this will be an opportunity for vegans and non-vegans to get together to discuss big issues in a mutually respectful, compassionate way.

Animal Rights Sharing Circle
Facilitator: Ari Moore,, 607.821.0654
Date: Tues. June 15, 7-9pm
Location: Fur People House, 212 N. Plain St. #1 (bottom buzzer)

Interested in veganism or animal rights but aren’t sure where to start? Join us for a facilitated dialogue about animal rights and how these issues relate to other struggles. This will be a safe, nonjudgmental space for us to talk about our feelings and ideas about animals, while enjoying some vegan treats. Seasoned activists / vegans welcome too – let’s learn from each other!

RSVP: Facebook | Wishing Well

This is an Ithaca Freeskool class – learn more and see the full schedule here.

Cayuga Deer March for Compassion a success!

Here’s a jam-packed update from our friends at Read on for photos from Ithaca Festival, and ways that you can help protect the deer living in our region – including an important meeting on Monday night…