Monthly Archives: September 2010

Upcoming Events: Presentation by Michael Budkie and Capital Region Vegetarian Expo

We wanted to share details for two very exciting events going on this week:

LIFE IN THE LAB: Hidden Truth About Animal Experiments

Thursday, September 30th
7 – 8:30PM
Hazard Library
1620 W Genesee St
Syracuse, NY

Co-sponsored by Syracuse Animal Rights Organization (SARO) and People for Animal Rights of CNY.

This event is free and open to the public.

Michael Budkie, Exec Director of SAEN – Stop Animal Exploitation Now, will be presenting the current state of animal experimentation on the national scale and at area NY labs followed by Q&A session.

Budkie’s recent book, “Tear at the Jacket”, blows the lab doors wide open by revealing the horrors of the daily lives of primates in laboratories across the United States. Copies of this book, SAEN t-shirts, and stainless steel water bottles will be available for purchase at the event for $15 each (cash or check only). Check out our new cutting-edge animal experiments shirt – unveiled for the first time on this speaking tour.

Come out and learn more about the plight of animals in labs. Also, a great chance to network with other activists.

Contact 546-5108 or 488-PURR for more information.

New York’s Capital Region Vegetarian Expo

Saturday, October 2nd
10:00AM – 5:00PM
Empire State Plaza

“The NY Vegetarian Expo Brings together the global health benefits of green sustainable living, environmental awareness, and compassion for animals and all beings.”

Free Admission ($5 suggested donation)

Check out the list of exhibitors here.

We’ll be there, so make sure you stop by and say hi!  We’ll have shirts for sale, petitions to sign, VegCap Vegan Dining Guides, lists of area businesses that profit from the exploitation of animals, campaign literature and much more!

Be sure to check out our friends’ booths, too: X’s to O’s Vegan Bakery, Motive Company and To Hell and Back Vegan Pitbull Rescue.  It’s going to be a blast!

Ringling Bros. Protests

We had a very successful weekend protesting Ringling Bros. outside the Glens Falls Civic Center.  Thank you to everyone who came out, especially those who traveled to get here.  Attendance numbers did not seem at all impressive, most likely due to the numerous other events going on in Glens Falls over the weekend.  Circus-goers were definitely thinking about our signs as they entered the Civic Center and we’re sure that a good number of them will not be attending the circus next time Ringling Bros. rolls into town.

Elephants in their fenced-in area in a parking lot outside the Civic Center. Glens Falls. 9.24.10

Lions in their fenced-in area in a parking lot outside the Civic Center. Glens Falls. 9.24.10

Lions in a cage. Glens Falls. 9.24.10

Protest before 1:00PM show. Glens Falls. 9.26.10

Awesome group of kids educating the public about circus cruelty. Glens Falls. 9.26.10

Protest before 5:00PM show. Glens Falls. 9.26.10.

You can see more pictures of the demos and animals on our Facebook page.

Hunting Debate Published

We were recently invited to contribute an anti-hunting viewpoint to a debate article in the Adirondack Explorer entitled ‘Is hunting cruel? Should it be banned?’

The article is not posted on the Explorer website, but here are some pictures of the columns (click for larger images):

Anti-Hunting viewpoint by Jessica Ryle. Adirondack Explorer. Sept/Oct 2010 issue.

Pro-Hunting Viewpoint. Adirondack Explorer. Sept/Oct 2010 issue.

What do you think?  Send letters to the editor to

An excerpt from our Explorer column was included in a North Country Public Radio blog post today.  Check it out here.

Circus Protest Pictures, Foie Gras Protest and More Circus Protests

Shrine Circus Protest 9.11.10

We would like to thank everyone who came out for the Shrine Circus (Walker Bros. Circus) protest on Saturday.  We had a small, but dedicated, turnout and the day went pretty well with many honks and thumbs ups from passersby.  Two separate people actually saw us protesting and stopped to join us!  Attendance at the circus wasn’t very high, probably because it wasn’t very widely advertised.  Ringling Bros will have a much higher turnout and we’re gearing up for demonstrations before each of the six shows.  (More details below.)

Shrine Circus Protest. Queensbury, NY. 9.11.10 (Pony ride tent)

Shrine Circus Protest. Queensbury, NY. 9.11.10

Please contact the following people regarding circus cruelty:

Ask the Oriental Shriners not to use circuses with animal acts for their future fundraisers:
Phone: 518-233-0461
Mail: 75 Water Plant Road, PO Box 269, Troy, NY 12182

Ask the West Glens Falls Fire Company not to allow circuses with animal acts to use their field in the future:
Phone: 518-792-8144
Mail: 33 Luzerne Road, Queensbury, NY 12804

Ask your elected official to ban circuses that use animal acts from Queensbury:
Find your Ward Councilmember’s contact information here and email Town Supervisor Dan Stec at or call him at 518-761-8229.

Foie Gras Protest 9.19.10

Some of our good friends from Dutchess County Animal Rights and other groups are protesting Hudson Valley Foie Gras at the Rhinebeck Farmer’s Market this Sunday and there will be media coverage of the event.  HVFG is the largest supplier of foie gras (fatty goose or duck liver created by force-feeding the animals with a metal pipe shoved down their throats) in this country.  Find out more about the campaign here.
Sunday, September 19th
10:00am – 2:00pm
Rhinebeck Farmer’s Market
61 East Market Street
Rhinebeck, NY

Ringling Bros Protest 9.24 – 9.26.10

Ringling Bros is coming to the Glens Falls Civic Center this month and we hope you will join us for a protest before each show time.

Friday, September 24th: Demo at 5:30
Saturday, September 25th: Demos at 10:00, 2:00 and 6:00
Sunday, September 26th: Demos at 12:00 and 4:00

In addition, please contact the following people regarding circus cruelty:

Ask the Glens Falls Civic Center to book only circuses with all human performers in the future.
Website contact form:
Phone: 518-798-0366
Facebook page:!/GlensFallsCC?ref=ts

Contact your elected officials and ask them to ban circuses with animal acts from Glens Falls.
Find your Ward Councilmember’s contact information here and email Mayor Jack Diamond at or call him at 518-761-3804.

Q101.7 Classic Hits has been playing the Ringling Bros advertisement all day long.  Contact Rick Knight at or 518-615-1017 and Tom Barney at or 518-615-1000 and ask them not to accept advertisements from companies that abuse animals.

If you know anyone else who is promoting Ringling Bros in Glens Falls please let us know.