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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!

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VIDEO: Cayuga Deer on TV

Cayuga Deer on the Headline News program “ISSUES with Jane Velez-Mitchell” can be watched here:
http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2010/08/20/jvm.deer.protests.hln
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!
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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 CayugaDeer.org co-founder James LaVeck will be interviewed on “Issues with Jane Velez Mitchell”.

Our congratulations to the dedicated activists of CayugaDeer.org! 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.
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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

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 www.farmsanctuary.org!

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 farmsanctuary.org 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, ari@shirari.com, 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 CayugaDeer.org. 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…
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Animal Rights Sharing Circle


Animal Rights Sharing Circle
Facilitator: Ari Moore, ari@shirari.com, 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.

Plant Based Eating Challenge

5 day series: Saturdays 11 – 12:30pm May 1, August 15 & June 5

  • Learn about the benefits of a plant-based diet
  • Get tips about what to eat
  • Enjoy delicious lunches and sample foods
  • Challenge yourself to a one month of plant foods and see how you feel!

LOCATION
YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County
Graham Rd. West
Ithaca, New York 14850

COST: YMCA MEMBERS $60.00 Non-members 105.00. Registration Required. YMCA Members and Non-members welcome – for registration information contact the YMCA.

CONTACT: Laurie Cuomo, 607-257-0101

(Via Wishing Well Magazine)