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Happy New Year from Adirondack Animal Rights

We’d like to wish you all a happy, safe and compassionate new year!

Our first year was a busy and productive one.  We held six vegan potlucks at X’s to O’s Vegan Bakery; three included presentations by Michael Budkie of Stop Animal Exploitation Now!, Anthony Marr of Heal our Planet Earth and Global Anti-Hunting Coalition, and Jenny Brown of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.  We tabled at the NY’s Capital Region Vegetarian Expo, handed out literature outlining the cruelties of the dairy industry at a Got Milk? event at Empire State Plaza, collected petition signatures against the legalization of commercial whaling, against marine mammal captivity at Miami Seaquarium, in support of Skye’s Law and against the proposed Bion slaughterhouse in Oswego County.  We organized many protests against vivisection at Albany Medical College, Ringling Bros. and Walker Bros. circuses, the Adirondack Stampede Charity Rodeo, and the fur industry on Fur Free Friday.  We held a vegan bake sale as part of the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, organized film screenings of The Cove and Sharkwater and campaigned to raise awareness of a beaver skinning demonstration held at the Adirondack Museum.  We had an article discussing the cruel and unnecessary nature of hunting published in the Adirondack Explorer, countless letters to editors were printed in area papers, a few of our events were covered by local news stations and newspapers and we were even blogged about a couple of times.  You can now follow us on Facebook and Twitter, join us on Meetup and ask us any questions you have about animal rights and veganism anonymously on Formspring.

The new year will be bringing many new and exciting things.  We’re revamping the website and we’ve organized our first event of the year: our First Annual Vegan Chili Cookoff at X’s to O’s Vegan Bakery on January 22nd.  (More details to come on that soon!)  We’re also introducing blog posts about many different subjects, so you’ll be seeing much more than just news and updates about events here.  This is going to be a very exciting addition to the website.  If you’d like to submit a blog entry, please send it to us at adkanimalrights@gmail.com for our review.

Is your New Year’s Resolution to go vegan? It’s never too late to choose compassion in the new year! We’ll be releasing details soon about vegan resolution support. Stay tuned for more!

Thank you for your support and keep on fighting for animals’ rights!

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 phil@adirondackexplorer.org.

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

Please Email the Adirondack Museum in Protest of the Beaver Skinning Demonstration

Please send a quick email to the addresses below today between 3:30 and 4:30, but if you can’t just send it whenever! Every email counts!
From adirondackmuseum.org:
“The grounds of the Adirondack Museum will become a lively 19th century tent city with an encampment of American Mountain Men interpreting the fur trade and a variety of survival skills. Discover the equipment and techniques mountain men used for backwoods cooking while out on the wilderness.
The group will interpret the lives and times of traditional mountain men with colorful demonstrations and displays of shooting, tomahawk and knife throwing, furs, fire starting and cooking, clothing of both eastern and western mountain styles, period firearms, and more. This year’s encampment may include blacksmithing as well as a beaver skinning and fleshing demonstration.
Participants in the museum encampment are from the Brothers of the New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts segment of the national American Mountain Men organization. Participation in the encampment is by invitation only.
All of the American Mountain Men activities and demonstrations are included in the price of regular Adirondack Museum admission. There is no charge for museum members.”

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Many have emailed the Museum asking them to remove the horrible beaver skinning and fleshing demonstration from their program and received this generic response:

“The Adirondack Museum fully understands and appreciates the concern for animals expressed by the many people who have written in protest about the beaver-skinning demonstration that may be included in the American Mountain Men Encampment.

It is important to understand that a beaver is not killed for this
interpretive program. The animal used has died from natural causes, is the victim of a highway accident (road kill) or has met an untimely end in some other manner. The deceased beaver is used for teaching purposes and the members of the encampment are themselves educators.

The American Mountain Men interpret the fur trade. The extent of the fur trade and the near decimation of the beaver population in North America are a shameful part of our history. Millions of beavers were killed to meet the whims of fashion – primarily for beaver top hats. For many people, “the fur trade” is a phrase found in high school history textbooks. Words on a page, far removed from living animals.

The beaver-skinning demonstration, accompanied by a sound description of what the fur trade actually meant to beaver populations, is a reality check. It is offered by the American Mountain Men and the museum as an educational opportunity so that this sort of disregard for animal life will not happen again.

Thank you very much for your concern.”

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Well this response just isn’t good enough for us, as we’re sure it isn’t for you.

Please send an email to the following addresses and tell them that their generic email isn’t good enough for you. Elaborate as much or as little as you want. Tell them that you still will not be visiting the museum as long as they are planning on perpetuating barbaric acts on our fellow animals. Tell them that it doesn’t matter how the beaver died, it’s still a bogus event. I, personally, don’t see how showing people how to skin and flesh a beaver teaches respect for life and not a disregard for it. Say whatever you think!:

cwelsh@adkmuseum.org,
lrice@adkmuseum.org,
csage@adkmuseum.org,
sdineen@adkmuseum.org,
adkonmain@adelphia.net,
acarroll@adkmuseum.org,
adkmuseumstore@adkmuseum.org,
education@adkmuseum.org,
jpepper@adkmuseum.org,
kmoore@adkmuseum.org,
INFO@ADIRONDACKMUSEUM.ORG

You can also call them at (518) 352-7311
and comment on their FB page.

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Thank you all so much! Please share this info with your friends so we can have the maximum impact and stop this atrocity from happening!