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TODAY: Panel discussion on factory farming in our region

Join Gene Baur, Farm Sanctuary’s President and Co-Founder and the author of the national bestseller Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food, for a panel discussion on the state of agriculture, including industry representatives from several of the region’s factory farms.

Tompkins Cortland Community College, Sprole Center, Room 204
170 North Street, Dryden, NY 13053
Wednesday, November 11th, 6:30 pm

Note: This event is free and open to the public, but please bring a picture ID to ensure entry.

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Join Farm Sanctuary at their Celebration FOR the Turkeys: Benefit for Our Feathered Friends

Looking for something positive and animal-friendly to commemorate Thanksgiving this year? Consider attending the Celebration for the Turkeys on November 21st at Farm Sanctuary. They write:

Farm Sanctuary is hosting coast-to-coast benefits to protect innocent turkeys and promote compassionate Thanksgiving traditions everywhere. Farm Sanctuary’s Celebrations FOR the Turkeys: Benefits for Our Feathered Friends — held in three locations this year — will feature decadent, gourmet vegan holiday feasts, inspirational guest presentations, and silent auctions that benefit the animals and provide for all your holiday shopping needs! Guests at our farm events will also have the opportunity to spend quality time with rescued animals and participate in our unique “Feeding of the Turkeys” ceremonies, in which the sanctuary turkeys are the guests of honor and get to feast on their favorite treats: squash, pumpkin pie and cranberries!

Here’s info on the event at the Watkins Glen shelter, which includes an appearance by Tom Regan!

Also, consider sponsoring a rescued turkey living at Farm Sanctuary, through their Adopt-a-Turkey Project.

For more ideas about how to make your Thanksgiving a compassionate one, and for delicious recipes, visit FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement)’s Gentle Thanksgiving – and don’t forget to sign their petition asking President Obama to pardon all turkeys this year – not just one.

Pick out a deer to represent at tonight’s protest & meeting!

cayuga deer signTonight’s Cayuga Deer protest will be focused on the individual animals whose lives hang in the balance. The organization has designed signs with photos of our local deer who live in and around Cayuga Heights, and they’re asking us to pick out one of these vulnerable animals so we can be their voice at tonight’s meeting of the Village Trustees. Click here to see some of the individuals who need your help.

The Cayuga Heights mayor and trustees are well on their way to implementing what is essentially a deer extermination program. After they’ve determined they have 20 deer in the village who are sterilized and tagged (including many who were already sterilized through a prior program), they have left the door open to killing every remaining deer found within the village borders, and they hope to do all the killing in one year. That means these animals need your help NOW. There’s no time to waste!

Please join Cayuga Deer at the protest tonight, and encourage others to attend as well.

Monday, Oct. 19
6:30 PM – Peaceful Protest
7:00 PM – Public Comments at Trustee Meeting
Marcham Hall, 836 Hanshaw Rd., Ithaca (across from Community Corners) (Map)
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Farm Sanctuary: A new home for animals rescued from farms

Isadora or Duncan - not sure who! (rescued goat now residing at Farm Sanctuary)I love Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen. I brought busloads of kids there when I worked at Cornell University, both my own age and high schoolers, volunteered there with my partner, and know that those visits have played a pivotal role in my veganism going from something I was “trying out” to something I can’t wait to teach to my future children! There’s something special about meeting the animals that being vegan is benefiting. You can know abstractly that being vegan is helping, but it makes that benefit vastly more visible and real when you go and actually hang out with the chickens and cows and turkeys and pigs and other beautiful, sweet animals running around at Farm Sanctuary.

You can visit the Farm, and sponsor an animal or adopt one. On their website you can donate, find action alerts and volunteer opportunities, and get access to the many educational resources and factory farming photos and videos that they offer.

This goat pictured here is either Isadora or Duncan (I’m not sure who, sorry!), one of two goats who escaped from a live market in NYC. You can read their story here.

Anyone have a favorite memory from a visit to Farm Sanctuary, or an experience adopting or fostering? Please post a comment.